Sandia Energy > Programs > Electric Grid > Advanced Grid Modeling > Key Personnel > Joseph A. Azzolini, Ph.D. Joseph A. Azzolini, Ph.D. Senior Member of Technical Staff Contact InformationJoseph A. Azzolini / 505-844-5321BiographyJoe Azzolini is a Senior 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 with a specialization in Electric Power and Energy Systems and has 8+ years of power system project experience through various roles in academia and industry. His research interests and expertise include solar photovoltaic (PV) system modeling, distribution system modeling, and applying Quasi-Static Time-Series (QSTS) simulations to study the integration of high PV penetrations and other inverter-based distributed energy resources. Education Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Specialization in Electric Power and Energy Systems, Arizona State University, 2020 M.S., Electrical Engineering, Specialization in Electric Power and Energy Systems, Arizona State University, 2017B.S., Electrical Engineering, The College of New Jersey, 2015 U.S. Patents “Maximum Power Point Tracking Through Load Management,” patent application in progress. Google ScholarJoseph A. Azzolini Selected Publications J. A. Azzolini, M. J. Reno, N. S. Gurule, and K. A. W. Horowitz,”Evaluating Distributed PV Curtailment Using Quasi-Static Time-Series Simulations,” in IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy (OAJPE), vol. 8, pp. 365-376, 2021, doi: 10.1109/OAJPE.2021.3111821. J. A. Azzolini and M. J. Reno, “Impact of Load Allocation and High Penetration PV Modeling on QSTS-Based Curtailment Studies,” in IEEE PES General Meeting, 2021. N. S. Gurule, J. A. Azzolini, R. Darbali-Zamora, M. J. Reno, “Impact of Grid Support Functionality of PV Inverter Response to Faults,” in IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference (PVSC), 2021. J. A. Azzolini and M. J. Reno, “The Effects of Inverter Clipping and Curtialment-Inducing Grid-Support Functions on PV Planning Decisions,” in IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference (PVSC), 2021. J. A. Azzolini, M. J. Reno, and K. A. W. Horowitz, “Evaluation of Curtailment Associated with PV System Design Considerations,” in IEEE PES General Meeting, 2020.