Shalom Flank, PhD, became the nation's first "microgrid architect" over a dozen years ago, as Pareto Energy's Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Flank has served as Microgrid Architect for a number of project development companies, including Urban Ingenuity, Greener by Design, Pareto, and Anbaric Microgrid. He has managed technical, financial, and regulatory aspects of their microgrid projects, from initial assessments and conceptual design, through financing, permitting, and engineering. In addition, he has served as the project director or principal investigator for multiple microgrid grants from NYSERDA and the DC Department of Energy and Environment. He has also overseen the development of proprietary microgrid technologies, such as a "Solar Saturation" microgrid and Pareto's "GridLink" non-synchronous interconnection technology.
Dr. Flank has been a frequent advisor to commercial companies and public agencies on energy technologies, from helping the National Science Foundation assess the commercial viability of new photovoltaic and fuel cell technologies to working with cutting-edge companies commercializing clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. He served for a number of years as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and as a staff member at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the U.S. House of Representatives, and has held appointments at Harvard and MIT. Dr. Flank received his PhD from MIT, where he studied energy engineering, economics, and policy, and his BA in Physics from Cornell University.