Sandia’s newest quarterly newsletter features research highlights, event information, staff recognition, and recent publications and patents related to modernizing our nation’s electricity infrastructure. Topics focus on the primary research areas of Sandia’s Grid Modernization Program [...]
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- Mission Assurance and Energy Security Using Advanced Microgrids, October 13, 2016, 9:00AM
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- Grid Modernization Research at Sandia: Defense Energy
- SPIDERS: The Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security
- Microgrid Design Toolkit
- Energy Surety Microgrid (ESM)
Alan Nanco is the program manager for Sandia National Laboratories’ Defense Energy Programs and leads the Military and Energy Systems Analysis organization. His national security projects are focused on developing, customizing, and applying innovative systems and system of systems technologies along with innovative modeling, simulation, analysis, and optimization to inform and support decisions for various aspects of national security R&D programs. He has over 35 years of research, development, and engineering experience coupled with executive leadership experience in industry prior to joining the Sandia management team in 2005. Alan began his career as a research engineer in 1980 and has served in executive positions with two large U.S. defense companies. In 1994, he co-founded and owned a small consulting company that provided strategy, management, and engineering services to a wide variety of national defense customers for over 10 years. Alan also served in the U.S. Army as an Air Defense Artillery NCO during the last years of the Vietnam era. He earned a degree in civil engineering in 1980 and then studied business and operations research at the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico.
Dennis Anderson is distinguished member of the technical staff in the Military and Energy Systems Analysis Department at Sandia National Laboratories, where he has worked for 25 years. He is currently the deputy program manager for Army modeling and simulation projects and the principal investigator for a large system of systems (SoS) operational energy and logistics modeling project supporting the Joint Operational Energy Initiative under the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center. Previously, he was the principal investigator of two internal research projects developing SoS modeling and analysis methodologies and two Army programs involving SoS reliability, availability, and sustainment modeling and analysis. Dennis is one of the original developers of the SoS Analysis Toolset, a stochastic simulation capability for modeling and analysis of complex systems of systems. Dennis received an M.A. in mathematics (applied statistics option) from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and a B.A. in mathematics from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.
Mike Hightower is a distinguished member of the technical staff in the Energy Security Center at Sandia National Laboratories. He is a civil and environmental engineer with over 35 years of experience in research and development. He has supported the design of nuclear, fossil, and solar power plants and rocket and penetrating weapons systems design and testing. Since 1992, he has focused on the research and evaluation of innovative environmental and energy technologies and the reliability, security, and protection of critical water and energy infrastructures. He is currently a project leader on Energy-Water R&D for the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation. Another major focus area is petroleum, natural gas, and liquefied natural gas transportation safety and security research. A third area of R&D is helping federal facilities improve their ability to meet their critical mission energy needs safely, securely, and reliably using risk-based evaluation and design approaches. He has assisted many utilities and over 25 U.S. military installations world-wide in addressing emerging energy security and resiliency challenges using advanced microgrids. He has published over 120 papers and reports, including articles in NATURE, three Reports to Congress, and chapters in three books. He is a past chair of ASME’s Environmental Engineering Division and is on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Water Alliance. Mike holds a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from New Mexico State University.
Jason E Stamp, Ph.D.
Jason Stamp is a distinguished member of the technical staff in the Special Cyber Initiatives Department at Sandia National Laboratories. His primary research area is cyber security for control systems (including military, government, and industry applications), where he has been leading or supporting R&D efforts since 1999. His cyber security experience includes control system/component assessments, security taxonomies and metrics, threat characterization, cyber/physical impacts, and hybrid modeling/simulation, in addition to electrical power analysis in the areas of grid management, protective relaying, and resilient energy systems for military applications. He was the lead design engineer for the SPIDERS (Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security) microgrid project. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Clemson University.
Nadine Miner, Ph.D.
Nadine Miner is a principle member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in the Advanced Military Systems and Analysis department. Nadine has served Sandia for 20 years in a number of diverse areas including systems engineering, software development, digital and analog hardware development, modeling and simulation, and optimization. For the past 10 years, she has been part of a team developing System of System modeling, simulation, analysis, and optimization tools to assist decision makers about energy system design, requirements, and investments. She is the program lead for two Marine Corps projects, one for the Expeditionary Energy Office and one in Systems Command Expeditionary Power Systems. Nadine has been the principal investigator on several Laboratory Directed Research and Development projects and is currently part of the Algorithms team on the HAANA Grand Challenge project. Nadine has engaged in many technical rolls within the community over the years and was most recently the Chair of the MORS Operational Energy Working Group (2014-present). Nadine holds four patents, has published over 60 journal and conference papers. She holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of New Mexico (UNM), an M.S. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from UNM.
Michael Baca, Ph.D.
Michael Baca has extensive experience and background in the electric power industry. With Sandia, he has extensive experience in the areas of cyber security, energy surety, resilience, power modeling, and advanced microgrid analysis and design. Specifically, he has done project and technical work to analyze and develop advanced microgrid designs for the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense customers both for military facilities and commercial sites. Prior to working at Sandia, Mike worked with Bonneville Power Engineering for 10 years as an electrical test engineer where he commissioned several large power substations, and he worked with Intel for three years where he helped commission the distribution infrastructure for Fab 11X in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He has an M.S. in electric power engineering and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of New Mexico.
John P Eddy, Ph.D.
John Eddy is a principal member of the technical staff in the System Readiness and Sustainment Technologies Department at Sandia National Laboratories. His research areas include operations research and system of systems modeling, simulation, and optimization for civilian and military energy systems. He is the primary developer of the Microgrid Design Toolkit funded by the Department of Energy. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Carissa Vandermey is currently the program manager of energy security and infrastructure analysis at Sandia National Laboratories. Previously, she served as a director of security and risk management for DOE’s Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration division. She led the department’s energy security (reliability, survivability, and resiliency of energy infrastructure/system) efforts in coordination with key stakeholders to assess threats and hazards that posed the greatest risk to U.S. energy security. Carissa managed DOE’s domestic and international critical energy infrastructure protection, a complex program that addressed both physical and cyber threats and was directed by the National Security Council in coordination with the Department of State and Homeland Security. She coordinated with the senior officials in the energy sector, federal agencies, national labs, and foreign governments on initiatives to lessen the impact such threats and hazards could have on the global energy system. As the DOE’s lead representative, Carissa led several high profile projects for the Department to provide technical assistance to the government of Iraq as well as a project for the Crowned Prince of Saudi Arabia. Carissa also led the Department’s activities under the DOE-DOD Energy Security MOU, the Combatant Command Energy Advisor program, and DOD’s National Defense University Energy Security Training program. She represented DOE at FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center; serving as co-lead (with FEMA) on the newly stood up Energy Task force during Hurricane Sandy and other national significant events (Hurricane Ike, Gustov). Carissa earned a B.S. in environmental science from Washington State University.
Karina Munoz-Ramos has been at Sandia National Laboratories since 2009 where she is currently a senior member of the technical staff. Her current research interests include power system modeling and simulation, microgrid design and modeling, and analysis of complex systems. She has been an IEEE member since 2007. Karina received her B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
Benjamin L. Schenkman
Benjamin L. Schenkman joined the Energy Storage and Microgrid Department at Sandia National Laboratories in 2004 and is currently a senior member of the technical staff. His current work involves microgrid control theory; microgrid assessments including rural villages, military, and commercial; battery management systems; energy storage design and implementation; distributed generation; and modeling distributed and renewable energy in the distribution and transmission systems. Prior to Sandia, he worked at Texas Utilities as a distribution engineer and at the Public Service Company of New Mexico as a bulk power engineer. He is a member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council and has been on numerous advisory and review panels for the Department of Energy and Department of Defense. Benjamin received a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University with an emphasis in power engineering and deregulation economics.