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Ron Melton

Ron Melton

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Dr. Melton is the director of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration project, the administrator of the GridWise® Architecture Council, and a senior technical leader for smart grid research and development projects. He has over 30 years of experience applying computer technology to a variety of engineering and scientific problems. In addition to smart grid related projects, recent experience includes research and engineering in cyber security for critical infrastructure protection and process control system security. Dr. Melton is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Research Interests

  • Smart grid technology
  • Control theory
  • Interoperability and architecture for systems of systems
  • Cyber security

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. Engineering Science, California Institute of Technology
  • M.S. Engineering Science, California Institute of Technology
  • BSEE, University of Washington

PNNL Patents

PNNL Publications


  • Sharma P., A. Riepnieks, A.P. Reiman, A. Singh, R.B. Melton, J.P. Ogle, and C.H. Allwardt. 2022. "Model-based interface design for smart field-device integration." In IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (REPC 2022), April 5-8, 2022, Savanah, GA, 31-37. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-170776. doi:10.1109/REPEC55671.2022.00014


  • Alam M., M.E. Alam, A. Somani, R.B. Melton, W. Tushar, F. Bai, and R. Yan, et al. 2021. "Evaluating the Feasibility of Transactive Approach for Voltage Management Using Inverters of a PV Plant." Applied Energy 291. PNNL-SA-152961. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.116844
  • Ogle J.P., R.B. Melton, K.P. Schneider, and R. Jinsiwale. 2021. "Enhancing Responsiveness and Resilience with Distributed Applications in the Grid." In IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (REPC 2021), April 27-29, 2021, Savanah, GA, 15-20. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-151909. doi:10.1109/REPC48665.2021.00012


  • Singh A., A.R. Fisher, C.H. Allwardt, and R.B. Melton. 2020. "A Data Exchange Interface for a Standards Based Data Integration Platform." In IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT 2020), February 17-20, 2020, Washington DC, 1-5. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-147493. doi:10.1109/ISGT45199.2020.9087646
  • Vadari S.V., R.B. Melton, and K.P. Schneider. 2020. "Distribution Operations: The Evolution of Distributed Energy Resources [Guest Editorial]." IEEE Power & Energy Magazine 18, no. 1:14 - 16. PNNL-SA-148473. doi:10.1109/MPE.2019.2945342


  • Melton R.B. 2019. GridWise Transactive Energy Framework Ver. 1.1. PNNL-22946 Ver. 1.1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. GridWise Transactive Energy Framework Ver. 1.1
  • Melton R.B., and T.J. Wolf. 2019. GridAPPS-D™ at Three: Milestones on the Road to Advanced Distribution Functionality. PNNL-29382. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. GridAPPS-D™ at Three: Milestones on the Road to Advanced Distribution Functionality
  • Melton R.B., K.P. Schneider, and S.V. Vadari. 2019. "GridAPPS-D™ a distribution management platform to develop applications for rural electric utilities." In IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (REPC 2019), April 28-May 1, 2019, Bloomington, MN, 13 - 17. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-140894. doi:10.1109/REPC.2019.00012
  • Schneider K.P., S. Laval, J. Hansen, R.B. Melton, L. Ponder, K. Fox, and J. Hart, et al. 2019. "A Distributed Power System Control Architecture for Improved Distribution System Resiliency." IEEE Access 7. PNNL-SA-139718. doi:10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2891368
  • Widergren S.E., R.B. Melton, A. Khandekar, B. Nordman, and M.R. Knight. 2019. "The Plug and Play Electricity Era: Interoperability to Integrate Anything, Anywhere, Anytime." IEEE Power & Energy Magazine 17, no. 5:47-58. PNNL-SA-143793. doi:10.1109/MPE.2019.2921742


  • Melton R.B., K.P. Schneider, E.M. Lightner, T.E. McDermott, P. Sharma, Y. Zhang, and F. Ding, et al. 2018. "Leveraging Standards to Create an Open Platform for the Development of Advanced Distribution Applications." IEEE Access 6. PNNL-SA-134023. doi:10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2851186


  • Melton R.B., K.P. Schneider, T.E. McDermott, and S.V. Vadari. 2017. GridAPPS-D Conceptual Design v1.0. PNNL-26340. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. doi:10.2172/1405060.GridAPPS-D Conceptual Design v1.0


  • Forfia D., M. Knight, and R.B. Melton. 2016. "The View from the Top of the Mountain: Building a Community of Practice with the GridWise Transactive Energy Framework." IEEE Power & Energy Magazine 14, no. 3:25-33. PNNL-SA-115726. doi:10.1109/MPE.2016.2524961
  • Melton R.B., and J.C. Fuller. 2016. "Transactive Energy: Envisioning the Future [About This Issue]." IEEE Electrification Magazine 4, no. 4:2-3. PNNL-SA-121081. doi:10.1109/MELE.2016.2614198


  • Melton R.B., A. Somani, and S.A. Kowalski. 2014. Transactive Energy Framework Workshop Proceedings, September 10-11, 2014 Folsom, CA. Richland, Washington:GridWise Architecture Council / Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL-SA-107083.
  • Melton R.B., M. Knight, A. Somani, and A.C. Steckley. 2014. Transactive Energy Framework 4th Transactive Energy Workshop Proceedings, December 10-11, 2013, Westminster, California. Washington Dc:U.S. Department of Energy. PNNL-SA-102099.


  • Melton R.B. 2013. "Creating a Transactive Energy Framework: Improving Reliability and Efficiency." Energybiz. PNNL-SA-98354.
  • Melton R.B. 2013. GridWise Transactive Energy Framework (DRAFT Version). Richland, Washington:GridWise Architecture Council. PNNL-SA-22946.
  • Melton R.B., A.C. Steckley, and A. Somani. 2013. First International Transactive Energy Conference and Workshop Proceedings 2013: Implementing the Future of the Electrical System, May 23-24, 2013, Portland, Oregon. Richland, Washington:GridWise Architecture Council / Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL-SA-96361.


  • Alizadeh M., X. LI, Z. Wang, A. Scagilone, and R.B. Melton. 2012. "Demand Side Management in the Smart Grid: Information Processing for the Power Switch." IEEE Signal Processing Magazine 29, no. 5:55-67. PNNL-SA-84143. doi:10.1109/MSP.2012.2192951
  • Melton R.B. 2012. GridWise« Architecture Council The Impact of Local Policy on Smart Grids Workshop Proceedings August 28-29, 2012 Seattle, Washington. Richland, Washington:GridWise Architecture Council. PNNL-SA-92160.
  • Melton R.B., and T.D. Halter. 2012. Grid-Interop 2011 Proceedings: Implementing Interoperability, Advancing Smart Grid Standards, Architecture and Community, December 5-8, 2011, Phoenix, AZ. Richalnd, Washington:GridWise Architecture Council. PNNL-SA-89350.
  • Weldon C., and R.B. Melton. 2012. Electrical Power Engineering Academic Landscape November 2011. PNNL-21117. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Electrical Power Engineering Academic Landscape November 2011


  • Melton R.B., and T.D. Halter. 2011. Transactive Energy Workshop Proceedings, May 18-19, 2011, Redwood City, California. Richland, Washington:GridWise Architecture Council / Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL-SA-86105.
  • Melton R.B., R.E. Jarnagin, T.D. Halter, and N. Foster. 2011. Grid-Interop 2010 Proceedings: Working Together For Interoperability, November 30- December 3, 2010, Chicago, IL. Richland, Washington:GridWise Architecture Council. PNNL-SA-81688.


  • Hammerstrom D.J., T.V. Oliver, R.B. Melton, and R. Ambrosio. 2010. "Standardization of a Hierarchical Transactive Control System." In Grid Interop 2009 Conference, November 17-19, 2009, Denver, CO. Richland, Washington:GridWise Architecture Council. PNNL-SA-71178.
  • Huang P., J. Kalagnanam, R. Natarajan, M. Sharma, R. Ambrosio, D.J. Hammerstrom, and R.B. Melton. 2010. "Analytics and Transactive Control Design for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project." In Proceedings of the First IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), October 4-6, 2010, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 449-454. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNWD-SA-9160. doi:10.1109/SMARTGRID.2010.5622083
  • Melton R.B., and D.J. Hammerstrom. 2010. "Getting Grid Smart in the United States' Pacific Northwest." Metering International 3, no. online. PNWD-SA-9026.
  • Melton R.B., and N.V. Brock. 2010. Grid-Interop 2009 Proceedings: The Road to an Interoperable Grid, November 17-10, 2009, Denver, CO. Richland, Washington:Gridwise Architecture Council. PNNL-SA-71021.
  • Melton R.B., and R. Ambrosio. 2010. "Interoperability Checklist for Decision-Makers." In 2010 Power and Energy General Meeting. Piscataway, New Jersey:2010 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting. PNNL-SA-69840. doi:10.1109/PES.2010.5590183


  • Kuykendall H.I., and R.B. Melton. 2009. Grid-Interop: Ensuring Smart Grid Interoperability Proceedings. Richland, Washington:Gridwise Architecture Council. PNNL-SA-65178.


  • Izmaylov A., J. Valente, J.R. Griggs, P. Rexroth, A. Piskarev, V. Babkin, and E. Sokolov, et al. 2005. "METHODOLOGY FOR EVALUATION OF REGULATORY EFFECTIVENESS IN PHYSICAL PROTECTION." In Proceedings of the INMM 46th Annual Meeting, July 10-14, 2005, Phoenix, Arizona. Deerfield, Illinois:Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. PNNL-SA-45601.


  • Kouzes R.T., J.R. Cash, D.M. Devaney, B.D. Geelhood, R.R. Hansen, R.B. Melton, and W.K. Pitts. 2002. "Authentication Assurance Levels." In Proceedings of the 43rd Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, June 23-27, 2002, 10 pages. Northbrook, Illinois:Institute on Nuclear Materials Management. PNNL-SA-36160.

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