About the Speaker
Mehdi Ganji leads Willdan’s Smart Cities Team, expanding the knowledge of smart grid technology across the company—with emphasis on power system grid resiliency, reliability improvement, and smart grid technologies. Dr. Ganji has been the Principal Investigator (PI) of a number of microgrid projects in the State of New York (NY PRIZE), Massachusetts, and California. Currently, he is leading the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Smart Campus project in Turkey. As an executive consultant to Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, he has worked on more than 30 smart grid research and implementation projects focused on the development of microgrid planning and operation applications for different market segments, and identification of the various microgrid business models. His areas of interest include energy markets, data analytics and its role in Smart Cities applications, electric vehicle integration, transactive energy, and energy management systems. He has been actively engaged in several technical and industrial working groups such as IEEE 2030.7&8 and the State of California Microgrid Commercialization Roadmap. Dr. Ganji is the IEEE Smart City R&D Committee Chair.