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Georgia Power Distinguished Professor
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Dr. Grijalva is a pioneer on decentralized power system architectures and a leading researcher on renewable energy integration and grid cyber-security. He has been the principal investigator for research projects under the U.S. Department of Energy, ARPA-E, EPRI, PSERC, NSF, several National Laboratories, and numerous industry sponsors. He has published 250 peer-reviewed papers and serves as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

Dr. Grijalva has combined background in computer science and electric power systems. He received his Electrical Engineer degree from EPN-Ecuador in 1994 and his MSc Certificate in Information Systems from ESPE-Ecuador in 1997. Dr. Grijalva’s MS (1999) and PhD (2002) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering are from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also completed a post-doctoral program in Energy Systems.

  • Electricity transmission and distribution optimization and control algorithms
  • Grid integration of solar, wind, energy storage, electric vehicles, and flexible loads.
  • Electricity markets design and power system economics
  • Cyber-physical security
  • Machine learning and AI applications to electricity systems
  • Decentralized prosumer-based power control architectures
Distinctions & Awards
  • Georgia Tech ECE Outstanding Faculty Award
  • Great Minds in STEM National Achievement Award
  • ARPA-E More Than Smart Grid Disruptor Award
  • IBM Faculty Award.
  • Co-Founder and Chairman, ProsumerGrid, Inc.
  • Former Center Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Former Senior Software Developer, PowerWorld Corporation
  • Former Deparment Head, Centro Nacional de Control de Energia (CENACE)
  • Fromer Member, NIST Federal Smart Grid Advisory Committee
  1. S. Grijalva, A. Visnesky, “The Effect of Generation on Network Security: Spatial Representation, Metrics, and Policy”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 1388-1395, August 2006. 
  2. S. Grijalva, “Individual Branch and Path Necessary Condition for Saddle-Node Bifurcation Voltage Collapse”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 12-19, February 2012
  3. S. Grijalva, M. Costley, “Prosumer-Based Smart Grid Architecture Enables a Flat, Sustainable Electricity Industry”, IEEE PES Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT), Anaheim, California, January 17-19, 2011.
  4. M.U. Qureshi, S. Grijalva, “Enhanced Frequency Response Based on Multiagent Distributed Power Agreement”, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Vol. 54, No 2, pp. 1746-1755, 2018
  5. S. Grijalva, A. U. Khan, J. Sihno-Mbeleg, C. Gomez-Peces, M. J. Reno, L. Blakely, “Estimation of PV Location in Distribution Systems based on Voltage Sensitivities”, 52st North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, April 11-14, 2021.

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