Merwin Brown, Electric Grid Co-Director, manages a team of experts at CIEE who are helping develop and commercialize new technologies for the modern electric grid needed to meet California’s aggressive energy-policy goals. The team develops, administers, and conducts R&D programs for reliable, safe, affordable, and environmentally sound transmission and distribution systems.Merwin’s comprehensive knowledge of electric utilities and of new and emerging utility technologies is derived from 40 years of experience with firms such as Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Arizona Public Service, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has managed private and public-interest technology R&D programs valued at up to $50 million per year with groups as large as 100 scientists and engineers. He has managed individual R&D projects as large as $20 million.Merwin has extensive training and experience in strategic business planning and has held advisory positions for many electricity industry organizations. He has served as an Arizona Solar Energy Commissioner, on the Board of the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy, and with groups from the Electric Power Research Institute and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.He has numerous technical publications and presentations to his credit, and holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering from Kansas State University.