Conversations on Sustainability: A Smarter Electricity Grid

Monday, October 18, 2021
11:00am to 11:45am
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Caltech researchers and engineers on campus and at JPL, which Caltech manages for NASA, pursue science-driven solutions to mitigate climate change. In Conversations on Sustainability, you will hear directly from Caltech experts about their progress and can ask your own questions.

In the third conversation in this series, electrical engineer Steven Low and computer scientist Adam Wierman speak with science writer Emily Velasco about ways to reimagine an electric grid that incorporates renewable, intermittent energy sources, such as solar and wind, while meeting today's power demands.


This is a free event, but registration is required.

About the Participants

Steven Low is the Frank J. Gilloon Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Electrical Engineering at Caltech, and a Resnick Sustainability Institute researcher at Caltech. He is well known for pioneering a mathematical theory of Internet congestion control and optimal power flow problems in smart grid. His research on smart grid helps provide large-scale charging of electric vehicles to workplaces, from K-12 schools and universities to municipalities to Fortune 50 companies.Adam Wierman is Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, and director of Information Science and Technology at Caltech. His research strives to make the networked systems that govern our world sustainable and resilient. He develops new mathematical tools in machine learning, optimization, control, and economics and applies these tools to design new algorithms and markets that can be deployed in data centers, the electricity grid, transportation systems, and beyond.Emily Velasco is a Content and Media Strategist in Caltech's Office of Strategic Communications. She covers the latest research in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, and medical engineering. She originally planned to attend medical school, but late in the bio-med program at UC Irvine, she took a dramatic left turn and pursued a degree in journalism at Cal Poly Pomona instead. She has worked as a reporter, a public relations professional, and a social media manager.

This series is presented by the Caltech Science Exchange, which brings expert insight to the scientific questions that define our time. The Science Exchange offers trustworthy answers, clear explanations, and fact-driven conversation on critical topics in science and technology.