Dr. Rajit Gadh
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Rajit Gadh, PhD
Professor & Director,UCLA - WINMEC & Smart Grid Energy Research Center

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 ( and Founder and Director of the UCLA WINMEC Consortium ( 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.

Dr. Gadh's research has recently been funded by the following sources: (i) LADWP (in turn funded by DOE) in which UCLA is one of three academic cooperating partners along with USC, and, JPL/Caltech in which DOE funding is roughly $60M) (ii) Korean Institute for Energy Research (KIER), (iii) EPRI NESCOR Grant (funded by DOE), (iv) California Energy Commission, and (v) the UCLA Smart Grid Industry Partners Program or SMERC-IPP consisting of over a dozen industry members.

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.

Recent News

February 6, 2017    Delegation from Turkey visits SMERC lab
January 23, 2017    Santa Monica Teams Up with UCLA to Install Experimental EV Fast Charger
December 5, 2016    SMERC participates in UCLA Anderson School of Management lunch round table
November 27, 2016    SMERC director quoted in FastCodeDesign article on Tesla's latest product
October 27, 2016    Rajit Gadh: Smart grids could be the route to a truly renewable energy system (The New Economy interview)
October 11, 2016    Secretary of Energy tours SMERC (Smart Grid Energy Research Center) Living Labs
September 25, 2016    SMERC director interviewed by Talking Tesla Podcast
September 20, 2016    Kickoff of UCLA ESmart Consortium Gathered Top Energy Distribution Thought Leaders Sharing Ideas for the Future
September 20, 2016   Brazilian Delegation visits UCLA and tours SMERC's Living Labs
September 15, 2016   SMERC director to speak at The Electric Vehicle-Utility Industry Nexus
    More News >>

Keynote & Speaking Events

November 3, 2016    The Electric Vehicle-Utility Industry Nexus
May 4, 2016   The Smart Grid Living Lab at UCLA And its Automated Demand Response Program
April 18, 2016    Lighting The Way: Getting Smart About Electricity
February 4, 2016    6th Annual Next-Generation Energy Storage 2016
January 11, 2016    2016 UCLA-Tata Global Forum
November 27, 2015    DEWA's Fifth Innovation Conference
November 14, 2015    Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (RPBD) Los Angeles 2015
September 30, 2015    NCPA Annual Conference 2015
September 18, 2015    2015 AltCar Expo

What is Demand Response (DR)?(LADWP)
Smart Meters - The Critical Element (LADWP)
UCLA Grand Challenges: Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles
UCLA's: The Optimists campaign

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