David Schoenwald Ph.D.


David Schoenwald Ph.D.

Principal Member, Technical Staff

Contact Information

David Schoenwald / 505-284-6285


David Schoenwald is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff in the Electric Power Systems Research Department at Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Schoenwald focuses on control system design to improve dynamic stability of electric power systems. He also develops performance standards for grid-scale energy storage applications. Before joining Sandia, he was with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he designed control systems for manufacturing applications. He was also an adjunct assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he taught a graduate course on nonlinear control systems. Dr. Schoenwald received an R&D 100 award in 2017 for development of an inter-area oscillation damping controller for the western North American power grid. He received the 2017 Outstanding Engineer Award of the Albuquerque Section of the IEEE. He served as Technical Co-Chair of the 2017 Electrical Energy Storage Applications & Technologies (EESAT) Conference. Dr. Schoenwald received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University.


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1992
  • Masters of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988
  • Bachelors of Science, with High Distinction (top 5%), Electrical Engineering, University of Iowa

U.S. Patents

  • Patent Application Granted: US 10,298,016 B1, “System, Methods and Computer Program Products for Electric Grid Control,” Issued by USPTO, May 2019
  • Patent Application Pending: 15/926,658, “Systems and methods for Active Damping Control of Inter-Area Oscillations in Large-Scale Interconnected Power Systems,” Submitted to USPTO, March 2018

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Key Publications

  • H. Silva-Saravia, H. Pulgar-Painemal, and D. Schoenwald, “Adaptive Coordination of Damping Controllers for Enhanced Power System Stability,” IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy, accepted to appear in 2020.
  • H. Silva-Saravia, H. Pulgar-Painemal, L. Tolbert, D. Schoenwald, and W. Ju, “Enabling Utility-Scale Solar PV Plants for Electromechanical Oscillation Damping,” DOI: 10.1109/TSTE.2020.2985999, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 2020.
  • D. M. Rosewater and D. A. Schoenwald, “Energy Storage Performance Testing,” Chapter 19 in Energy Storage Handbook, accepted to appear in 2020.
  • F. Wilches-Bernal, D. Schoenwald, B. Pierre, and R. Byrne, “A Frequency-shaped Controller for Damping Inter-area Oscillations in Power Systems,” 21st IFAC World Congress, Berlin, Germany, July 12-17, 2020.
  • B. J. Pierre, F. Wilches-Bernal, D. A. Schoenwald, R. T. Elliott, D. J. Trudnowski, R. H. Byrne, and J. C. Neely, “Design of the Pacific DC Intertie Wide Area Damping Controller,” IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, Montreal, Canada, August 2-6, 2020.