“My work at the University is driven by two things: the urgency of taking action on climate change, and educating the next generation to handle this challenge. I decided to study solar energy when I learned that the atmospheric CO2 concentration was 330 parts per million. The magnitude of the problem we face today is staggering – but equally amazing are the inspiration and dedication of our community of students and colleagues.”
Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier directs BECI’s Electric Grid program area, focusing on power distribution systems, Smart Grid issues, and the integration of distributed and intermittent generation. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley.
Prof. von Meier joined BECI from the California Institute for Energy and Environment. Her ongoing research projects center on the use of high-precision micro-synchrophasor measurements for situational awareness, diagnostics and control applications in distribution grids. Her work is driven by the vision of a nimble, adaptable and resilient electric power infrastructure that optimally recruits resources such as solar photovoltaics, energy storage and electric demand response to support the transition to a carbon-neutral electric grid.
An award-winning educator, Prof. von Meier teaches two EECS courses and frequently presents seminars on electric power systems to diverse audiences including the energy policy community, the electric industry, and non-engineering students. She is the author of the textbook “Electric Power Systems: A Conceptual Introduction.”
Until 2011, Sascha was a Professor of Energy Management & Design in the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning at Sonoma State University, where she taught a curriculum centering on energy efficiency and renewable resources. Her past research includes studies of cultural factors in technology adoption, operation of nuclear power plants, and management of nuclear materials. She received a B.A. in physics in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources in 1995 from UC Berkeley.
She presently serves on the Research Advisory Board of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and chairs the Distribution Task Team of the North American Synchrophasor Initiative (NASPI). In addition to studying all things related to electric energy, Sascha loves cycling, rock climbing, and being in the mountains.
More about Alexandra von Meier:
Ph.D. Energy and Resources, University of California at Berkeley, 1995
Bachelor of Arts, Physics, University of California at Berkeley, 1986
US Department of Energy ARPA-E Award No. DE-AR0000340 ($4,400,000), Micro-Synchrophasors for Distribution Systems, 2013-2016.
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Stewart, E. M. and von Meier, A. 2016. Phasor Measurements for Distribution System Applications. Smart Grid Handbook. 1–10.
Electric Power Systems: A Conceptual Introduction. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Interscience-IEEE, 2006.
Challenges to the Integration of Renewable Resources at High System Penetration. California Energy Commission, 500-99-013, June 2010.
“Occupational Cultures as a Challenge to Technological Innovation,” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 46 No.1, Feb. 1999.
D. Arnold, M. Sankur, R. Dobbe, K. Brady, D. Callaway and A. von Meier, “Optimal Dispatch of Reactive Power for Voltage Regulation and Balancing in Unbalanced Distribution Systems.” IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, Boston MA, July 2016.
H. Ahmadi, J. Marti and A. von Meier, “A Linear Power Flow Formulation for Three-Phase Distribution Systems.” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, July 2016.
R. Arghandeh, L. Mehrmanesh, A. von Meier and L. Mili, “On the Definition of Cyber-Physical Resilience in Power Systems.” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, Vol. 58 May 2016, 1060-1069.
M. Wen, R. Arghandeh, A. von Meier, K. Poolla, V. Li, “Phase Identification in Distribution Networks with Micro-Synchrophasors.” IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, Denver CO, July 2015.
G. Cavraro, R. Arghandeh, K. Poolla, A. von Meier, “Data Driven Approach for Distribution Network Topology Detection.” IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, Denver CO, July 2015.
M. Andersen, S. Kumar, C. Brooks, A. von Meier and D. Culler, “DISTIL: Design and Implementation of a Scalable Synchrophasor Data Processing System.” IEEE Conference on Smart Grid Communications, Miami FL. Nov 2015. [pdf attached]
E. Stewart, S. Kiliccote, D. Arnold, A. von Meier and R. Arghandeh, “Accuracy and Validation of Measured and Modeled Data for Distributed PV Interconnection and Control.” IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, Denver CO, July 2015.
M. Gahr, R. Arghandeh, A. von Meier, G. Cavraro, M. Ruh and G. Andersson, “Topology Detection in Microgrids with Micro-Synchrophasors.” IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, Denver CO, July 2015.
R. Arghandeh. M. Brown, A. del Rosso, G. Ghatikar, E. Stewart, A. Vojdani and A. von Meier, “Leveraging Distributed Resources to Improve Resilience.” IEEE Power & Energy Magazine, Sep/Oct 2014.
L. Schenato, G. Barchi, D. Macii, R. Arghandeh, K. Poolla and A. von Meier, “Bayesian Linear State Estimation using Smart Meters and PMU Measurements in Distribution Grids.” IEEE Smart Grid Communications Conference, Venice, Italy, November 2014.
A. von Meier, D. Culler, A. McEachern and R. Arghandeh, “Micro-Synchrophasors for Distribution Systems.” IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, Washington DC, February 2014.
Merwin Brown, Lloyd Cibulka and A. von Meier, “Grid Futures: Evolutionary Directions for Electric System Architecture,” Public Utilities Fortnightly, April 2011 Volume 149, No. 4.
A. von Meier, Jennifer Lynn Miller and Ann C. Keller, “The Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium: A Comparison of Three Narrative Contexts.” The Nonproliferation Review, Winter 1998.
Gene Rochlin and A. von Meier: “Nuclear Power Operations — A Cross-Cultural Comparison,” Annual Review of Energy and the Environment, Vol. 19, 1994.
J. Williams et al., Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States by 2050. Energy and Environmental Economics (E3), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, November 2014 (contributing author).