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Power Grid of the Future

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  • Visitor Seminars
When May 16, 2014
from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Where Engr. IV Bldg., Maxwell Room 57-124
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Dr. Sonja Glavaski

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy



U.S. electricity generation, transmissions, and distribution infrastructure is undergoing upgrades to keep up with increasing electricity demands. Novel sensors and “smart” devices being introduced will overwhelm utilities and grid operators with vastly greater amounts of data. Operation of the power grid will become more complex, making human control increasingly ineffective.

ARPA-E is interested in disruptive technologies that enable increased integration of renewables by real-time adaptation while maintaining and possibly increasing grid reliability and reducing cost for customers with smart technologies. This talk will discuss possible paths forward for the development of technology for real-time monitoring and control of power events enabling seamless integration of distributed generation, and storage assets into consumer driven, self-regulating, and reliable Power Grid of the Future.



Dr. Sonja Glavaski is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Her technical focus area is data analytics, and distributed control and optimization in complex, cyber-physical, and networked systems with applications to control, monitoring, and security of energy systems. During her 20-plus-year career, Dr. Glavaski has contributed significantly to technical advancements in numerous product areas, including propulsion systems, hybrid vehicles, energy efficient building HVAC/R systems, and aircraft systems.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Glavaski served as Control Systems Group Leader at United Technologies Research Center, where she made significant technical contributions to UTC’s world-class product portfolio, advancing new knowledge and technology in the area of control & intelligent systems. Prior to being at UTRC, Dr. Glavaski led key programs at Eaton Innovation Center and Honeywell Labs. She received the Honeywell Aerospace Technical Achievement Award.

A Senior Member of IEEE, Dr. Glavaski served as the IEEE Control Systems Society Women in Control Chair. Dr. Glavaski received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.

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