Brian J. Pierre Ph.D.


Brian J. Pierre Ph.D.

Principal Member of Technical Staff

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Brian Pierre / 505-284-7955


Brian J. Pierre is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff in the Electric Power Systems Research Department at Sandia National Laboratories. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University focused on electric power systems. He has 12+ years of power system project experience and prior experience at the NASA Glenn Research Center and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. He is a Senior Member of IEEE. He received an R&D 100 award in 2017, and was awarded the 2020 IEEE Albuquerque Section Outstanding Young Engineer award “for the development of algorithms and software tools to co-optimize grid resilience and reliability.” His research interests and expertise include power system modeling, power system resilience, power system optimization, power system dynamics, and renewable energy integration.


    Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Emphasis in Power Systems, Arizona State University
    Masters of Science, Electrical Engineering, Emphasis in Power Systems, Arizona State University
    Bachelors of Science, Electrical Engineering, Minor in Applied Mathematics, Boise State University

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Key Publications


    B. Pierre, B. Arguello, M. Garcia, “Optimal Investments to Improve Resilience Considering Initial Transient Response and Long-term Impacts,” Proceedings IEEE Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems (PMAPS), Aug. 2020.

    B. Pierre, R. Guttromson, J. Eddy, R. Schiek, J. Quiroz, M. Hoffman, “A Framework to Evaluate Grid Consequences from High Altitude EMP Events,” Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology (HEART) Conference, Aug. 2020.

    F. Wilches-Bernal, B. Pierre, D. Schoenwald, R. Byrne, “A Frequency-shaped Controller for Damping Power Systems Inter-area Oscillations,” Proceedings International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) World Congress, July 2020.

    F. Wilches-Bernal, B. Pierre, D. Schoenwald, R. Elliott, R. Byrne, J. Neely, D. Trudnowski, “Forced Oscillations in the Western Interconnection with the Pacific DC Intertie Wide Area Damping Controller,” Proceedings IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies North America (ISGT NA), Feb. 2020.

    B. Pierre, “Fault Types on High Phase Order Transmission Systems,” Electric Power Systems and Components Journal, vol. 47, no. 18, pp. 1667-1676, Jan. 2020.