December 20, 2019
Staff Accomplishment

Two PNNL Researchers Named IEEE Fellows

Excellence in energy and electric grid advancement earns them association’s top distinction

Sonja Glavaski and Kevin Schneider

Sonja Glavaski and Kevin Schneider, both electrical engineers at PNNL, have been named as IEEE fellows. IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

Glavaski is recognized for leadership in energy systems. Schneider is recognized for contributions to the development of open-access tools for distribution system analysis.

Glavaski is the chief energy digitalization scientist and principal technology strategy advisor for the Energy & Environment Directorate at PNNL. She is responsible for understanding large, national, and global trends in the integration of information technologies and energy infrastructure and leveraging those trends to advance U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) missions. Her focus areas are advanced control, high-performance computing, and machine learning, as they relate to energy challenges.

Prior to joining PNNL, Glavaski established and managed DOE’s pioneering ARPA-E NODES program to develop technologies that cost-effectively and reliably manage dynamic changes in the grid by leveraging flexible loads and distributed energy resources.

Glavaski is a member of multiple IEEE societies and committees. She received her doctorate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and a diploma of engineering and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade.

Schneider, who came to PNNL in 2006, is a chief engineer, a part of the Laboratory’s electricity infrastructure team and the principal investigator for PNNL’s resilient distribution and microgrid analysis. His main areas of research are distribution system analysis and power system operations.

He has conducted numerous studies for DOE and utilities to help develop analysis capabilities to evaluate microgrids, support solar integration, and monitor multiple areas of electricity distribution. Schneider is an adjunct professor at Washington State University, as part of the PNNL-WSU Advanced Grid Instituteand an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington. He is based in PNNL’s Seattle office.

Schneider is a past chair of IEEE’s Power & Energy Society’s Distribution System Analysis Sub-Committee and the current chair of the Analytic Methods for Power Systems Committee. Schneider received his bachelor’s degree in physics and his master’s degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Washington.

About IEEE

The IEEE grade of fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE fellow. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership.

Through its 400,000 plus members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers, and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics.

Dedicated to the advancement of technology, the IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields and has developed more than 1,300 active industry standards. The association also sponsors or co-sponsors nearly 1,700 international technical conferences each year.