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Date:10/29/2013

the National Interconnected System serving 12 million people.

Grijalva won a Fulbright Scholarship, and earned his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has 10 invention disclosures and has been author or co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications. He has been invited to present 50 talks, papers or testimonies on subjects ranging from "Distribution System Automation" to "Computations Needs for the Future Grid."

Arvizu noted that Grijalva champions an "Internet of the Grid," a transformation of how energy will be managed. In Grijalva's vision, millions of decision-makers from building supervisors to individual households will manage the electric grid. He was among the first to envision and espouse that every car, every building, every home can be both a consumer of electricity and a potential provider of electricity.

After several years in industry, including creating software for electricity networks at Power World, Grijalva became a distinguished professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he focused on developing a new breed of leaders in the energy field with skills in both engineering and computing. He has been the principal investigator of various future electricity grid research projects for the US Department of Energy, ARPA-E, EPRI, PSERC as well as other Government organizations, research consortia, and industrial sponsors. He won a $2 million Energy Department ARPA-E grant to create an autonomous, decentralized grid architecture for the future grid with partners Duke Energy, Midwest ISO, OSIsoft, and PJM.

He continues to mentor graduate students from Georgia Tech and from his alma mater in Ecuador. He has moved Spanish-speaking graduate students into leadership roles, encouraging them to combine their engineering skills with management skills and computer skills.

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Contact: David Glickson
david.glickson@nrel.gov
303-275-4097
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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