Title: Senior Research Engineer
Company: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Location: Richland, Washington, United States
Mallikarjuna R. Vallem, Senior Research Engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Power Systems Analysis.
Since 2013, Dr. Vallem has served as a senior research engineer with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) efforts to assess and improve energy infrastructure in the United States. Since its inception in 1965, the laboratory has been pushing the frontiers of science and engineering under auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy and the operation of Battelle Memorial Institute, which was established by industrialist Gordon Batelle to translate scientific discovery into social benefits. In 2017, Dr. Vallem was part of a group of scientists who published on the Dynamic Contingency Analysis Tool software package designed to conduct cascading failure simulations, or detailed models of how even sophisticated power and computer systems can fail one after another, like dominoes.
Dr. Vallem originally studied with the Central Power Research Institute in India and the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpu. He earned a PhD from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after working as a graduate intern in transmission planning with Burns and McDonnell in 2008. Dr. Vallem returned to India as technical manager of the Sri Sai Infrastructure Services in Hyderabad, before joining General Electric Global Research in Bangalore, India. In 2013 he was welcomed by Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Institute as a postdoctoral associate, and joined PNNL the same year.
For his contributions to engineering, Dr. Vallem has been honored numerous times, and is the recipient of a 2016 Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Power Engineering Society Technical Committee, a 2015 Outstanding Person of the Year honor from PNNL, a 2010 Silver Award from General Electric, a 2006 Best Student Poster Award from the IEEE Power Systems Conference and Exposition, and a SURP Fellowship from Sandia National Laboratories from 2005 to 2007. He continues to contribute as a senior member of the IEEE, particularly with the Power Engineering Society, the Power Systems Analysis and Computing and Economics Committee, the Power Engineering Society Reliability Risk and Probability Analysis Subcommittee, and the society’s High Performance Computing for Grid Subcommittee.
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