Brian J. Pierre Ph.D.


Brian J. Pierre Ph.D.

Principal Member of Technical Staff

Contact Information

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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Brian J. Pierre

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.