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Elaine Hale is an interdisciplinary systems researcher in the Distribution Edge Group in the Grid Planning and Analysis Center. She focuses on understanding potential roles for flexible and demand-side technologies in future power systems with more variable renewable generation. With a background in control and optimization algorithm development, Elaine has enabled and conducted large-scale analysis of complex engineering systems, and systems of systems. She has helped found or has been a key early developer of multiple innovative NREL software tools. 


Research Interests

Design, planning, and policy related to renewable energy and energy efficiency integration into new and existing energy systems

Modeling energy systems across multiple geographic and temporal scales

Efficient development and distribution of software tools for solving complex engineering problems 

Professional Experience

Pfeiffer/VIGRE Instructor, Dept. of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University (2005–2008)

Lab Assistant II, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2000)

Engineering Co-op, Ethicon, Inc. (1997–1999)

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Texas

Master, Chemical Engineering, University of Texas


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