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NREL researcher honored with Hispanic STEM award
Date:10/29/2013

A national organization devoted to getting more Hispanics into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), has honored a scientist at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with its annual Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.

Santiago Carlos Grijalva is NREL's new director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), and is responsible for establishing and directing the NREL's grid research portfolio at the $135 million state-of-the-art user facility.

Grijalva received the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award at the 25th Great Minds in STEM HENAAC Conference in New Orleans.

NREL Director Dan Arvizu said Grijalva was selected for the important post at ESIF because" he has a vision that is rare and innovative and that melds ideally with our focus on energy integration here at NREL." As utilities and vendors from around the nation and the world come to ESIF to develop their new technologies, Grijalva "will be the overseer of the big picture: how to create a smarter grid that can move renewables and fossil-fuel-based energy seamlessly on and off the electric network," Arvizu said.

Grijalva was born in Quito, Ecuador, where his passion for electricity blossomed early. By his own admission he was always "destroying toys," taking them apart to see how they worked, stitching toys together to get a bigger bang.

He credits his drive and appreciation for diverse cultures to his physician parents, who never missed a chance to spend a year, a season, or a couple weeks as visiting doctors in other countries and on other continents and who always brought the kids along. He is a native speaker of Spanish but also learned, in order, French, German and English.

At the age of 25, he was head of the real-time Software Department at the National Energy Control Center (CENACE) in Ecuador, sharing responsibility for controlling
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Contact: David Glickson
david.glickson@nrel.gov
303-275-4097
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert

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