Dr. Gregory Reed

Dr. Gregory Reed is the Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Energy and the Energy GRID Institute; Director of the Electric Power Systems Laboratory in the Swanson School of Engineering at Pitt; and Professor of Electric Power Engineering in the Swanson School’s Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.  He is also the Director of the Grid Technologies Collaborative for the U.S. Department of Energy; and an inaugural member of the National Academies of Science and Engineering’s Energy Ambassador Program. In addition to these roles, he is the owner and principal consultant of Power Grid Technology Consulting, LLC, and serves as Chief Science Advisor on the Board of Directors for the E-Merge DC Alliance. 

His research interests, teaching activities, and related pursuits include advanced electric power grid and energy generation, transmission, and distribution system technologies; power electronics and control technologies (FACTS, HVDC, and MVDC systems); micro-grids and DC infrastructure development, renewable energy systems and integration; smart grid technologies and applications; and energy storage.

Reed has over 30 years of combined industry and academic experience in the electric power and energy sector, including positions in engineering, research & development, and executive management throughout his career with the Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, ABB Inc., Mitsubishi Electric Corp., and DNV-KEMA.  Throughout his career, Reed has leveraged a unique combination of leadership, business development, marketing, financial, and technical expertise to creating new business divisions, technology developments and commercialization, and complex large-scale infrastructure project implementations.  His work and contributions have been applied to nearly 200 electric utility T&D and energy generation organizations around the world, as well for EPRI, EEI, and the U.S. DOE.

He has authored or co-authored more than 95 published papers and technical articles in the areas of electric power system analysis, the applications of advanced power systems and power electronics technologies, and power engineering education; and has presented over 100 invited seminars, lectures, and keynote addresses.  Reed also has well over 125 media citations, credits and appearances – including regional and national print, radio, and television – on various topics related to power and energy. He is the recipient of several industry, academia, community, and professional society awards.

He is a member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), including the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), Power Electronics Society (PELS), and Industrial Applications Society (IAS); and is also a member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).  Past IEEE positions include governing board member of the Power & Energy Society, as well as the president of the IEEE PES Pittsburgh chapter. He is also the founder and chair of the annual Pitt Electric Power Industry Conference (EPIC), established in 2006.

Reed earned his Ph.D. in electric power engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (1997); his M.Eng.in electric power from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1986), and his B.S.E.E. with electric power concentration from Gannon University (1985).

Reed is an avid triathlete and Ironman competitor – including participation with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s (CCF) Team Challenge triathlon program, and a consistent USA Triathlon Age-Group National Championship Qualifier – among many other athletic interests; and also enjoys landscape gardening, reading, and world travel. He and his wife, Chantal, reside in Gibsonia PA with their three children, all whom attend Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh.