Ray Byrne, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, from Albuquerque, New Mexico has been named an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to miniature robotics and grid integration of energy storage. Dr. Byrne has been employed at Sandia since 1989.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one-percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

Ray started his career in robotics, working on tele-robotic vehicles and miniature mobile robots. In the late 1990’s his team demonstrated large numbers of cooperative miniature mobile robots as part of a DARPA effort. From 2001-2008 he developed fiber optic links for space applications. More recently he has focused on optimal control of energy storage to maximize benefit to the grid, as well as the grid integration of renewables. A paper on maximizing revenue from energy storage received the Prize paper award at the 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (best 4 out of several thousand submissions). He also has made contributions to target tracking for an operational system.

Ray received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico. He also completed an M.S. in financial mathematics (financial engineering) at the University of Chicago. He has been active with the Albuquerque IEEE section since 1991, serving as chair in 1993, 2007-2008, and 2010-2011. He is a recipient of the IEEE Millennium medal.

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