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Danielle Merfeld

Danielle MerfeldDanielle Merfeld, an IEEE member, is is Technology Director, Electrical Technologies & Systems at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, N.Y. She leads a global team of over 500 scientists and engineers, responsible for advanced technology development in the areas of semiconductor devices and packaging, controls, power electronics and power conversion, distributed across GE’s four global research facilities. Previously, Merfeld was General Manager of Solar Technologies at GE Energy. She initially joined GE Global Research in 1999, upon earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Northwestern University. Her article is an adaptation of a talk she delivered at IEEE’s Innovative Smart Grid Technology conference in Washington, D.C., in January.

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A monthly publication, the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter features practical and timely technical information and forward-looking commentary on smart grid developments and deployments around the world. Designed to foster greater understanding and collaboration between diverse stakeholders, the newsletter brings together experts, thought-leaders, and decision-makers to exchange information and discuss issues affecting the evolution of the smart grid.