Dr. Rajit Gadh is Professor of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, Founder and Director the Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC (http://smartgrid.ucla.edu) and Founder and Director of the UCLA WINMEC Consortium (http://winmec.ucla.edu). Dr. Gadh has a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelors degree from IIT Kanpur all in engineering. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a visiting researcher at Stanford University.
Dr. Gadh's current research interests include modeling and control of Smart Grids, Electric Vehicle to Grid Integration, Vehicle to Grid (V2G), Autonomous Electric Vehicles, Demand Response, Microgrids, Energy Storage in the Grid, Renewable Integration, Internet of Things, Wireless/RFID. Dr. Gadh is author of over 200 articles in journals and conference proceedings and 4 patents. His team has developed the WINSmartEV™ and WINSmartGrid™ research platforms at UCLA.
The Smart Grid Energy Research Center was founded in large part based on the following funding (i) Smart Grid Regional Demonstration Program or SGRDP by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power or LADWP (funded by DOE) in which UCLA was one of three academic cooperating partners along with USC, and, JPL/Caltech in which DOE funding was $60M and another $60M was provided as match by partners resulting in a total of $120M project in the city of Los Angeles (iv) California Energy Commission funding for Smart EV charging in Santa Monica where the local utility is Southern California Edison, and (iii) the UCLA Smart Grid Industry Partners Program or SMERC-IPP, the ESmart (Energy for a Smart Grid) Industry Consortium and the CAEV (Connected Autonomous Electric Vehicle) Industry Consortium.
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, NSF Research Initiation Award, and, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology Fellow Award, Society of Automotive Engineers Ralph R. Teetor Educational award, IEEE WTS second best student paper award, ASME Kodak Best Technical Paper award, AT&T Industrial ecology fellow award, Engineering Education Foundation Research Initiation Award, the William Mong Fellowship from University of Hong Kong, and other accolades in his career. He has lectured and given keynote/distinguished addresses worldwide in countries such as Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, England, France, Germany, Holland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, S. Korea, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, and, Thailand. Dr. Gadh serves as advisor to a handful of technology-based startups.
With the history of transportation contributing to energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, developing sustainable methods of transport is crucial in addressing climate change. As populations rise and urban areas grow, we must direct more attention toward fostering greater mobility and accessible transit systems.