Santiago Grijalva has been named the new director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Grijalva will lead developments of strategic direction, enhance technical capabilities and supervise the advancement of electric power technologies at the engineering center, also leading research, development and demonstration programs.
“We are fortunate to have him join the Energy Systems Integration team at NREL,” said Dana Christensen, NREL’s Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology.
Grijalva spent the previous four years at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a professor, as well as the strategic energy institute associate director for electricity. He is also founder and president of energy managers, VeriGreen Power.
While at Georgia Tech, Grijalva led research efforts on future electricity systems and smart grid for the Department of Energy, and has been a consultant on electricity systems for national and international leading organisations.
Grijalva was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where he also received a PhD in electrical and computer engineering and has many published academic papers on the power system and smart grid.
NREL is a US Department of Energy national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development, and is operated for the Energy Department by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy.