Personal Profile

Bryan Palmintier is the Group Manager of the Transmission & Distribution Interactions Group in the Grid Planning and Analysis Center. He has 25 years of experience with integrating multi-domain models and hardware testing spanning electric power systems, larger multi-energy systems (including transportation, buildings, water, etc.), and aerospace systems. He currently focuses on advanced tools and approaches for integrating distributed energy technologies in the power system. This work recognizes the importance of capturing not only the purely technical aspects, but also the social, economic, and regulatory interactions to accurately understand and model modern complex engineering systems, such as the U.S. energy system. Bryan also has extensive experience leading teams from technical projects to outdoor expeditions.  

Research Interests

Integration of distributed renewable resources onto the grid at all scales

Development of innovative modeling tools and datasets for integration of transmission and distribution systems

Multi-sector analysis of energy systems integration including transportation, built environment, water, and communications and their interactions with the grid

Holistic integration of human factors into energy system modeling such as social, economic, and equity considerations

Simulation and techno-economic analysis of power systems with high deployment of renewables

Professional Experience

Principal Research Engineer and Group Manager, NREL (2018–Present)

Senior Research Engineer, NREL (2014–2018)

Postdoctoral DOE SunShot Fellow, NREL (2013–2014)

Graduate Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009–2012)

Visiting Lecturer, University of Washington (2010–2012)

Research and Consulting Fellow, Rocky Mountain Institute (2007–2008)

Project Manager, Energy Solutions (2006–2007)

Research Staff Associate and Adjunct Faculty, Santa Clara University (2001–2007)

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

PhD, Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Master, Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering, Stanford University

Master, Mechanical Engineering (Design Division), Stanford University


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