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Sonja Glavaski

Sonja Glavaski

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Dr. Sonja Glavaski is the Chief Energy Digitalization Scientist and Principal Technology Strategy advisor for the Energy & Environment Directorate at PNNL. In this role she is responsible for understanding the large national and global trends in the integration of information technologies and energy infrastructure. Based on these science and technology trends she will create, develop and implement strategy that will enable PNNL and Energy & Environment Directorate to deliver cutting edge solutions to DOE’s mission in partnership with U.S. industry. Key areas of her focus are advanced control, high performance computing and machine learning as it relates to energy challenges.

During her career of over 20 years, Dr. Glavaski has made significant contributions to technical advancements in a range of product areas, including energy systems, vehicle and aircraft systems. She was most recently a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Department of Energy, managing portfolio of multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational transformative projects. Most notably, Dr. Glavaski established and managed pioneering ARPA-E NODES Program developing technologies that cost-effectively and reliably manage dynamic changes in the grid by leveraging flexible loads and distributed energy resources.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Glavaski served as a Control Systems Group Leader at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), where she led a team of multi-disciplinary scientists working on developing game changing technologies for energy efficient building HVAC/R systems, wind turbines, fuel cells and flow batteries. It was at UTRC that she recognized the need to develop more systematic ways to integrate and operate all of these technologies with the electricity grid. Before being at UTRC, Dr. Glavaski led key programs at Eaton Innovation Center and Honeywell Labs.

Dr. Glavaski received Ph.D. and MS in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, and Dipl. Ing and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Belgrade. She has more than 35 peer reviewed publications, has earned several patents, and has served on various scientific advisory and review committees. Dr. Glavaski is a member of the IEEE Control System Society, and the IEEE Power and Energy Society. She is a member of IEEE Control Systems Society Technical Committee on Smart Grid, and member of IEEE Control System Society Industry Committee. She previously served as IEEE Control System Society Liaison to Environmental Engineering Initiative, IFAC Executive Industry Committee Member, and IEEE Control Systems Society Women in Control Committee Chair.

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