Manuel Garcia Ph.D.


Manuel Garcia Ph.D.

Principal Member of Technical Staff

Contact Information

Manuel Garcia / 505-249-1085


Manuel is currently a Principal Member of the Technical Staff in the Electric Power Systems Research department at Sandia National Laboratories. He is the Principle Investigator of an Advanced Grid Modeling project titled “Reassessing the Market: Computation Interface to Enhance Grid Security and Efficiency.” He is Sandia National Laboratories’ Principle Investigator on an ARPA-E project titled “Stochastic Optimal Power Flow for Real-Time Management of Distributed Renewable Generation and Demand Response.” For these projects, Manuel studies optimization, electricity markets, and power system operation in collaboration with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.


  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin – 2019
  • Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley – 2013
  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley – 2011

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Manuel Garcia

Key Publications


  • M. Garcia, H. Nagarajan, R. Baldick. “Convex Hull Pricing for the AC Optimal Power Flow Problem.” IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 2020.
  • Brian J. Pierre, Bryan Arguello, Manuel Garcia, “Optimal Investments to Improve Resilience Considering Initial Transient Response and Long-term Impacts,” Proceedings IEEE Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems (PMAPS), 2020.


  • M. Garcia, R. Baldick. “Approximating Economic Dispatch by Linearizing Transmission Losses.” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 2019.
  • M. Garcia, S. Siddiqi, R. Baldick. “A General Economic Dispatch Problem with Marginal Losses.” American Control Conference, 2019.