The Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support team supports the development of analysis, tools, and data resources that reduce the cost of solar technologies alone and on the grid. This includes an emphasis on programs that reduce the soft costs of solar like the costs associated with permitting, siting, interconnecting, or financing a system, which often are the result of information gaps that slow decision-making and increase costs.

Michele Boyd, Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support Program Manager

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Michele Boyd is the program manager of the Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support team in the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). The team supports the development of analysis, tools, and data resources to reduce the non-hardware (soft costs) of solar energy and accelerates learning through technical assistance programs and national partnerships. Michele joined SETO in April 2016 as a technology manager on both the soft costs and the technology to market teams. Previously, Michele was the government relations manager at Abengoa Solar, where she developed and implemented strategies to advance effective financing, siting, and transmission policies for solar. Prior to her work on solar, Michele focused on environmental and policy issues related to nuclear weapons, nuclear power, and nuclear waste at Physicians for Social Responsibility, Public Citizen, and the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.

Michele has two Bachelors of Science degrees in biology and environmental science from Purdue University and a Master’s of Science in environmental policy from the University of Michigan.

JUAN BOTERO

Juan Botero SETO Portrait

Company: Boston Government Services

Juan Botero is a Strategic Analyst in the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) supporting the Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support (SAIS) team. Juan’s work contributes to the team’s mission of reducing solar soft costs by supporting research at the intersection of natural resource conservation and solar energy deployment. He contributes to projects focused on solar siting issues, interactions between solar energy facilities and wildlife, land use concerns, among other topics. In his previous role, Juan worked with the American Wind Wildlife Institute where he managed a research fund focused on creating solutions to deploy more wind energy across the country while minimizing its impacts on wildlife and the environment.

Juan is a fellow at the Clean Energy Leadership Institute where he engages regularly with leaders from across the clean energy field on emerging topics in the space and professional development. Juan holds an M.S. from William & Mary University where he studied the impacts of mercury on songbirds and a B.S. from Virginia Tech with a major in wildlife science.

Krysta Dummit

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ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Dr. Krysta Dummit is an ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). She joined SETO in October 2021 and works with the Chief Scientist Paul Basore. Prior to this role, she worked as a graduate student researcher in the Radosevich lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she computationally and spectroscopically investigated a series of phosphorus molecules called phosphacycles. During her time at MIT she was also involved in science advocacy through MIT’s Science Policy Initiative and science outreach through MIT’s Women in Chemistry group.

Prior to receiving her Ph.D. in Chemistry from MIT, Dr. Dummit received her B.A. in Chemistry from Princeton while working in the Chirik Lab researching cobalt catalysts. While there she also published in yeast genomics and data privacy research, and was the treasurer for the Institute for Chocolate Studies.

Zachary Eldredge

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Zachary Eldredge is a Technology Manager for the Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support team, joining SETO in June 2019. His projects are focused on finding innovative ways to manage land-use of solar energy, including innovative siting solutions such as combining solar energy and agricultural production. In collaboration with National Laboratories and SETO’s sister offices in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Zach works to improve models that are important in understanding the growth and operation of solar energy and to conduct and assist in analysis relating to decarbonization of the electric grid and wider energy system.

Prior to joining SETO, he was a Ph.D. student and researcher at the University of Maryland Joint Quantum Institute. There, he studied quantum information, quantum computing, and atomic physics. His thesis concerned how quantum entanglement could be generated, distributed, and then used to perform novel tasks in sensing, computing, and communication. Prior to his Ph.D., Zach attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Mathematics.

As a graduate student, he also worked with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to encourage the growth of the nascent U.S. quantum computing industry by writing newsletters and assisting in the creation of an industry consortium. In addition, Zach worked at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a think tank specializing in producing policy advice around emerging technology, where he wrote a white paper on synthetic biology and space exploration. During his Ph.D., he was awarded a fellowship by the ARCS Foundation of Metropolitan Washington.

Rebecca Glaser

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ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Dr. Rebecca Glaser is an ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). She joined SETO in August 2021 and works on both the Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support and Systems Integration teams. Her interests include integrating storage with solar, energy materials recycling, and equitable energy transitions.

Prior to joining SETO, Rebecca received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2021. Her work focused on reducing weight and cost in next generation lithium batteries. She explored the effects of electrolyte composition and concentration on lithium-sulfur battery performance. While at Georgia Tech, Rebecca had the opportunity to study energy and security policy, start a Materials Research Society university chapter, and mentor undergraduate students. Rebecca further pursued her interest in energy policy by studying Just Transitions in coal communities at Resources for the Future in the summer of 2020.

Rebecca earned her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University in 2016. As an undergraduate researcher, she studied improving catalysis in sold oxide fuel cells via metal exsolution from the anode structure.

Andrew Graves

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Andrew Graves joined the Solar Energy Technologies Office in 2018 as a technology manager on the Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support team. He has been with the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) since September 2009.  For the first 7 years, Andrew worked as a contractor with BCS, Incorporated, supporting clients in the Bioenergy Technologies Office, and ultimately supervising a team that provided communications, office operations, budget planning, and strategic planning support to senior office leadership. In 2016, Andrew joined the federal government as a policy advisor with the EERE International Program, where he managed a variety of technical assistance and policy analysis projects designed to support U.S. clean energy technology exports to the Middle East, North Africa, and Mexico. In 2018, Andrew was selected to participate in the Presidential Management Council Inter-Agency Rotation Program, through which he worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development on policy initiatives to promote energy efficiency in public housing. Andrew has an M.S. in global affairs, with a concentration in energy and the environment, from New York University, and a B.A. in government from Hamilton College in upstate New York.

TOMIWA OLUFOLABI

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ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Tomiwa Olufolabi is an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). He joined SETO in October 2021 and works on both the Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support and Workforce and Equitable Access teams. His interests include solar workforce and youth development, equitable access to solar energy, building integrated photovoltaics, and building codes and standards.

Prior to joining SETO, Tomiwa received his B.S. in Building Sciences - Sustainable Building Systems with a minor in Marketing from Appalachian State University in May 2018. While at Appalachian State, Tomiwa exercised his leadership skills through student organizations like the Renewable Energy Initiative and Student Government Association. After graduating, he spent 3 years working in construction management as a Superintendent where he received his LEED Green Associate accreditation and OSHA 30 Certification. Just before joining SETO, Tomiwa further pursued his interest in renewable energy and leadership through the Clean Energy Leadership Institute as a 2021 Fellow.

Abigail Randall

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ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Abigail Randall joined SETO in July of 2020 as an ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020 with a Bachelors of Science degree in environmental science. While at the University of Michigan, her honors thesis was on bipartisanship in energy and water policy in the Great Lakes Region. Before joining SETO, she worked as a research assistant within the Graham Sustainability Institute under a grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy to study local government attitudes towards wind and solar development. She interned in both the Michigan Statehouse and U.S. Senate in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Within SETO, Abigail focuses on the environmental impacts of solar energy, the siting and permitting of rooftop and utility-scale solar facilities, and state and local government technical assistance.

Ruchi Singh

Ruchi Singh SETO Portrait

Company: ManTech International

Ruchi Singh is a technology manager supporting the Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support (SAIS) team in the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). She joined SETO in September 2020 where her portfolio comprises projects that focus on power system reliability, resiliency, and interconnection-related challenges. Her interests lie in technical and policy challenges related to hybrid power system integration, market design, digitization of the power grid, and cybersecurity challenges facing the power grid. Ruchi is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and serves as a reviewer for several IEEE journals.

Ruchi has 14 years of technical and managerial experience working in the energy and power grid sector. Before joining SETO, she was a manager of transmission and interconnection at First Solar, responsible for leading interconnection strategy for solar and storage projects to ensure low-cost interconnection for customers. Ruchi is familiar with interconnection tariffs and regulatory issues for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Eastern Interconnection. Prior to that she worked at American Transmission Company as a senior transmission system planning engineer for their interconnection and special studies group, and led multiple project teams to study the thermal and stability impacts of natural gas, wind, solar, and solar+ storage generations on the bulk power system. Ruchi also worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a technical deputy involved in the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration projects designing test cases, data collection, and analysis methods for the participating utilities, and contributed to the testing and developing of the GridLab-D software sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity. She started her career at Black & Veatch where she developed expertise in electrical and physical substation design, protection schemes, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) settings.

Ruchi is currently pursuing her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and has a M.S. in electrical engineering from Michigan Tech and B.S. in electrical engineering from VTU, India.

DANNY SODANO

Danny Sodano SETO Portrait

ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Danny Sodano joined the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) in September 2020 as an ORISE Fellow. Within SETO, he works with the Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support and System Integration teams. His interests include photovoltaic system end of life management, energy storage modeling incorporation into solar systems analysis, solar reliability and interconnection challenges, and development of a PV circular economy.

Danny graduated from North Carolina State University in July 2020 with an M.S. in environmental engineering. While pursuing this degree, he performed techno-economic analyses on various energy storage technologies in Duke Energy’s territories in North and South Carolina, a study mandated by NC House Bill 589. He also helped develop the NC Clean Energy Plan released by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality in October 2019. His thesis title is “A Sensitivity Analysis of Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaic and Energy Storage Capacity Values.” He also received his B.S. in chemical engineering from NC State in 2018.

DIANA SUN

Diana Sun SETO Portrait

Company: ManTech international

Diana Sun joined the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) in November 2021 and is the financial program analyst supporting the Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support (SAIS) team and Workforce and Equitable Access (WEA) team. Diana assists with budget planning, financial compliance review, and financial project management for the SAIS portfolio. Prior to joining SETO, Diana worked in the finance and accounting fields in the private sector for over ten years.

Diana received a B.A. in business administration with an economics concentration and an M.A. in economics from the University of Kansas. She also holds an MBA from Frostburg State University.

Ammar Qusaibaty

Company: Allegheny Science and Technology

Ammar supports the soft cost team and manages the Catalyst Energy Prize, Orange Button Data, and projects with NREL and LBNL. Prior to joining SETO, he worked as an investment officer for a boutique $100 million venture capital investment firm and served on a number of boards for startups. Ammar co-established the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC focused on information and security, growing the staff from three people to 15, later serving as a board member between 2004 and 2009. Throughout his career, Ammar has been recognized for his work and dedication, including the EERE's Energy Rock Star in 2015 for his work on the Catalyst Energy Prize. Ammar holds a Ph.D. from University of Paris I, where he earned the highest distinction for his doctoral thesis, an M.S. from the University of Oxford, and an MBA from Georgetown University.