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David Ortiz, OE-40 - Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis

David Ortiz is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis (EIMA) in the Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. The goal of the EIMA Division is to improve operations and planning of U.S. energy systems. The Division’s activities include research and development focused on measurement and control of the electricity system, and risk analysis and decision science regarding integrated energy systems. EIMA's successes include supporting the deployment of high resolution and networked measurement systems for the grid, speeding up grid computations, and assessing the risks of sea level rise to energy systems, and quantifying the threats to energy systems from solar storms.

Prior to joining OE, Dr. Ortiz was a Senior Engineer and Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee-RAND Graduate School. At RAND, Dr. Ortiz built a multi-million dollar program of research and analysis in energy technology and policy focused on renewable and alternative fuels and systems. In 2006, in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he led the RAND team that demonstrated a new approach to coastal planning for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Louisiana.  The State of Louisiana subsequently adopted the approach, using it to develop its $50 billion, 50-year 2012 Louisiana Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.  In support of the 2012 Master Plan, David led a team of RAND researchers and modelers to develop a flood risk model.

David earned the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering in systems and control.  He graduated cum laude from Princeton University, earning the B.S.E. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. David is a member of IEEE, the IEEE Control Systems Society, and the IEEE Power and Energy Society.