The Systems Integration team works to enable the safe, reliable, and cost-effective integration of solar energy on the nation’s electricity grid, developing solutions that ensure compatibility with existing infrastructure while enabling a smooth transition to a secure and resilient grid of the future. The Systems Integration team collaborates with other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offices as part of the DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative.

Dr. Guohui Yuan, Systems Integration Program Manager

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Dr. Guohui Yuan is the program manager for the Systems Integration (SI) team in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), which supports research, development, and demonstration of technologies and solutions for reliable, resilient, and secure integration of solar energy on the nation’s electricity grid. His team collaborates with other DOE program offices in crosscutting initiatives including Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI), Cybersecurity, and Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES).

Dr. Yuan joined SETO as a technical advisor in 2011. Prior to the DOE, he held leadership positions at several industry-leading clean technology startups, including CURRENT Group, GridPoint, and WaveCrest Labs. Early in his career, he worked at COMSAT Labs as a systems scientist in satellite communications. He is a recognized thought leader and has many technical publications. He holds nine patents on electric vehicle propulsion systems.

Dr. Yuan holds a B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, both in physics. He has also taken leadership trainings at MIT Sloan and at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.

Shay Banton

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Company: Boston Government Services

Shay Banton (he/him) is a technology manager for the Systems Integration team, joining the Solar Energy Technologies Office in December 2020. Prior to this role, he was a utility electrical engineer for Borrego focused on accelerating the deployment of renewable energy through informed technical policy development. During his time there, Shay served as the New York State Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) industry liaison, led the development of various statewide interconnection stakeholder groups, and supported various regulatory dockets and tariff modifications to ensure accurate representation of technical limitations in interconnection policy. Prior to Borrego, he worked for the Northern Indiana Public Service Company as a substation design engineer.

Shay received his B.S. in systems science and engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. He has an Engineer-in-Training certification and is currently working towards becoming a registered Professional Engineer.

BISHNU BHATTARAI

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Company: Boston Government Services

Dr. Bishnu Bhattarai is a technology manager for the System Integration Team of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO). He joined SETO in January 2022 and manages a portfolio of projects that enable the flexible, reliable, and secure integration of solar energy on the nation's electricity grid.

Prior to this role, Bishnu worked in different capacities at U.S. National Laboratories (LLNL, PNNL, and INL) for more than 6 years. His past work focused on modeling, simulation, and large-scale integration of distributed energy resources (DER) into power grids; regional studies on interdependencies among various sectors (power, communication, electricity market, and transportation sectors); and development of a roadmap for energy storage and DERs in achieving a zero-emission power grid. His work also included demand response and transactive energy systems to enable customer participate in various transmission and distribution system level grid services.

Dr. Bhattarai received his Ph.D. from Aalborg University, Denmark in electrical engineering, where he researched the integrated energy system (electrical, thermal, and transportation) and its impacts at the distribution system level. He was a recipient of the Gold Medal from the “President of Nepal” in 2011, the Green Talent Award from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in 2017, and Best Reviewer Awards from “Elsevier IJEPES” in 2017 and “IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid” in 2018 and 2019. He is serving as an editor for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and the Technical Committee Program Chair of IEEE PES Smart Building, Loads, and Customer Systems technical committee.

Kemal Celik

Company: ManTech International

Kemal Çelik joined the Systems Integration team in 2015.  He started working at PG&E in San Francisco after completing his graduate studies in 1991.  He worked as a Vice President of Product Management at Nexant for 18 years until recently moving to D.C.

Kemal has more than 25 years of professional experience working on a wide range of projects from analytical electric distribution and transmission network applications to web-based demand-side management applications, energy market solutions and distribution planning tools. He worked on electric utility control center applications as well as computer modeling, coding, and implementation of analytical algorithms for power transmission and distribution networks. Kemal managed the development and implementation of several enterprise applications for demand-side management and energy efficiency programs at several different utilities; transmission revenue auction markets at Independent System Operators across the U.S.; and most recently a quasi-static time series near real-time analysis tool for distribution networks.

PATRICIA CLARK

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Company: Allegheny Science and Technology

Patty Clark is a financial program analyst for the Solar Energy Technologies Office, supporting both the Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power (CSP) and Systems Integration (SI) teams.  Her job consists of budget planning, conducting financial compliance reviews, and invoicing and managing all financial reporting within the CSP and SI portfolios.

Patty has over 25 years of experience in the steel manufacturing industry with a background in energy efficiency, project management, and supervision of electrical engineer and electrical maintenance.

Patty received her BSAS in electrical engineering technology from Youngstown State University and her MBA from Lamar State University in Beaumont, Texas. She recently acquired her Professional Project Management Certification from Project Management Institute. Patty also has a six sigma black belt for professionals with an emphasis on lean manufacturing.

Rodney Kizito

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Dr. Rodney Kizito is a technology manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). He joined SETO in March 2021 as an ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow and works on the System Integration team. Prior to this role, he worked as a graduate student researcher for the Ideation Laboratory (iLab) at the University of Tennessee, where he developed optimization models for solar-plus-storage utility-scale microgrids. During his time with iLab, he also worked as a researcher for the National Nuclear Security Administration, where he developed machine learning models for predicting failure and remaining useful life of equipment.

Dr. Kizito received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, University of Arkansas, and University of Tennessee, respectively. While earning his M.S. degree, he researched the investment economics of residential solar and storage systems.

MARISSA MORALES-RODRIGUEZ

Marissa Morales-Rodriguez SETO Portrait

Dr. Marissa Enid Morales-Rodriguez is a scientist, native of Puerto Rico, working as a systems integration technology manager for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). Marissa joined SETO in 2021 and manages a portfolio of energy technologies supporting the research and development of high impact technologies and solutions that enable the reliable, resilient, and secure integration of solar energy on the nation's electricity grid.

Prior to this role, she served as a principal investigator and project manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for over 10 years. Her research focused on the development of advanced cyber-physical sensors, communications, and controls to increase security, reliability, and resilience of the power grid and energy systems. Her research also included the investigation of blockchain technologies for operational technology data security. During her tenure at ORNL, she participated in a multi-lab effort on disaster restoration where she led an effort to investigate low-cost sensor networks to understand islanded power systems. 

Marissa received a B.S. and M.S. in science from the department of chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, where she focused in semiconductor research and remote sensing technologies. She received her Ph.D. in energy science and engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Marissa is the author/coauthor of many peer reviewed publications, recipient of two U.S. patents, and winner of a 2019 R&D 100 Award.

Robert Reedy

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Company: Boston Government Services 

Robert (Bob) Reedy joined the Systems Integration team of SETO in January 2020. Prior to his role, he served as an associate instructor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and program director for grid integration at the University of Central Florida (UCF). His involvement with solar energy began as the director of systems research at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) of UCF in early 2007.

Previously, he spent four years with Georgia Transmission Corporation as a research manager and then as the manager of transmission line design. He also served as vice president and chief operating officer of the North American subsidiary of Turbec AB, a Swedish manufacturer of microturbine combined heat and power systems. Other experience includes marketing manager for The Energy Authority, Incorporated and most of his 23 years with the Lakeland Department of Electric and Water Utilities as director of the engineering and operations group. This earlier work has given him extensive experience in the larger utility industry with a technical focus in system protection and control, and operations and distribution design, with responsibilities in energy marketing, financing, and business planning. Most recently, Bob has been heavily involved with the control and protection of grid-interactive photovoltaics and storage, with particular attention to the enhancement of grid stability, reliability, and resiliency through utility control of advanced distributed inverters.

Bob earned his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, following the power systems analysis track. He later received an MBA from Florida Southern College, with a focus on production economics. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Florida.

Thomas Rueckert

Tommy first became interested in solar energy when his professor at Brown University introduced him to the book, Soft Energy Paths, by Amory Lovins, founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Tommy also shared news articles about a solar "Power Tower" that was being built in the Mojave Desert—what later became Solar One—which inspired him to do his college research project on heliostat design.

Tommy joined the Energy Department right out of college, and spent 14 years in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before joining the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) in 1994. Having jobs ranging from solar budget manager to operations lead to concentrating solar power (CSP) lab research and development manager, Tommy currently serves as a technical project officer.

JOHN SEUSS

John Seuss SETO Portrait

Dr. John Seuss is a technology manager for the Systems Integration team, joining the Solar Energy Technologies Office in February 2020. Prior to this role, he was a research and development engineer for S&C Electric Company in Chicago, IL. There he developed new distribution automation and protection schemes for medium-voltage switchgear and protective relays. In this capacity, he contributed to the discussion on the role of adaptive protection in future distribution networks with changing topologies and high penetrations of distributed energy resources. John began his career in power systems as a high-voltage substation field engineer, deploying and testing transmission and distribution relay protection schemes.

Dr. Seuss received both his Ph.D. and B.S. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he researched the impact of inverter-based resources on power systems and how different control schemes for smart inverters can maximize the ability of distribution feeders to host photovoltaics. He received his M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida, with a focus in control systems, where he also researched photovoltaic system integration.

David Walter

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David Walter is a technology manager for the Systems Integration team, first joining SETO in December 2016 on the Technology to Market team. He is interested in providing resiliency to the grid by dynamically optimizing operations and leveraging utility, commercial, and residential solar energy systems. He manages a variety of projects with focus on power electronics, smart communities, operations and maintenance, and codes and standards. David also plays an integral role in the management of the office’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR-STTR) program.

Prior to joining DOE, David was a senior engineer for Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, where he evaluated solar and wind installations for risk exposures from fire and operational issues, as well as provided energy yield analysis. Prior to that, he was the mechanical section leader and a pilot for the deep submergence vehicle Alvin at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, performing research globally in depths up to 4500 meters.

David is a registered Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional, having worked in the solar, energy efficiency, deep sea research, and naval nuclear. He has a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, having served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant and Assistant Engineer on USS Alabama, a nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine.

YI YANG

Yi Yang SETO Portrait

Company: Boston Government Services

Dr. Yi Yang is a technology manager for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). She joined SETO in January 2022 and works with the Systems Integration team. Prior to this role, she was a senior engineering specialist with Eaton Research Labs for over 12 years in Golden, CO. Yi served as principal investigator and technical lead for multiple government-funded programs, and led strategic innovation and research in multiple areas, including building load intelligent power and energy monitoring, diagnostics, control, and management technologies; and power distribution protection and control for DERM/Microgrid interconnections.

Yi received her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010. Her research focused on a novel and stand-alone power line sensor and sensing technology development to provide continuous, proactive, and distributed wide area power grid monitoring with wireless sensor network technologies. Yi received her M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Nanyang Technology University, Singapore, in 2001, and her B.E. in electrical engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 1995.

Dr. Yang is the author and co-author of over 20 scientific papers and articles, and she also owns more than 10 patent awards. Yi is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and served as Chapter Chair of the IEEE Milwaukee Section Industrial Electronics Society and Industry Applications Society Joint Chapter from 2016–2018.