Santiago Grijalva, power systems expert

Santiago Grijalva

College of Engineering School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Grijalva’s extensive research in decentralized power systems positions him as a leading expert in smart power systems and renewable energy integration.

Santiago Grijalva is the director of the Advanced Computational Electricity Systems (ACES) Laboratory, where he focuses his research on power system operation, electricity markets, and smart grids. From 2012 to 2015, Grijalva served as the Strategic Energy Institute (SEI) associate director for Electricity Systems, responsible for coordinating large efforts on electricity research and policy at Georgia Tech. He earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He has pioneered work on decentralized and autonomous power systems control, renewable energy integration in power, and unified network models and applications. Grijalva speaks to the challenges and opportunities that come with the unique, once in a century transformation from centralized production of energy to a distributed production of energy.

News and Recent Appearances

Researchers Receive ARPA-E Funding to Develop Eco-Friendly High-Voltage Circuit Breaker

Replacing the potent greenhouse gas SF6 in high-voltage circuit breakers with a clean alternative is critical as the U.S. looks to upgrade its aging electrical infrastructure.

5 Ways to Keep Cities Cooler During Heat Waves

The New York Times

Some possible solutions? Smarter grids and new forecasting tools could help electric utilities prepare for heat waves, using electronic controls to precool buildings before temperatures peak in the afternoon and then turning down nonessential appliances when energy demand surges, said Santiago Carlos Grijalva, a professor of electrical engineering at Georgia Tech.


Santiago Grijalva, power systems expert