V2G-Sim Team

V2G-Sim Development Team

Samveg Saxena, V2G-Sim Project Lead


Dr. Saxena is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) where he leads a vehicle powertrain research program. Sam completed his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley in 2011 with a focus on the development of advanced internal combustion engine technology. Upon joining Berkeley Lab in early 2012, Dr. Saxena led research on modeling of vehicle powertrain systems. As part of Berkeley Lab’s powertrain research program, Dr. Saxena leads the development of V2G-Sim. Prior to beginning his Ph.D, Dr. Saxena worked in industry on vehicle powertrain research at the Toronto-based companies: Magna Powertrain Engine Technologies Group, and Multimatic Technical Center. Dr. Saxena has been recognized in the Canadian House of Commons for his leadership excellence and has several awards for his demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, including the NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship, and serves as a reviewer, session organizer, and editorial board member for leading conferences and journals in combustion, engines and powertrain technologies. After hours, Sam enjoys trail runs in the hills around LBNL.

   Jason MacDonald, V2G-Sim Team


Jason MacDonald, a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has focused his career in distributed energy resources.  As a member of the Grid Integration Group in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at LBNL, Jason researches fast, automated demand response for bidding into bulk power system ancillary service markets.  This work includes analyses of market and policy barriers to DR’s market entry into ISO/RTO markets, the development of mathematical models for demand response availability and pilots to test control paradigms for resource aggregation of thermostatically controlled loads and PEVs for AS participation.  Prior to joining LBNL, he pursued his graduate work in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Systems in the University of Michigan’s Engineering Sustainable Systems dual degree program. As a student researcher, Jason examined the electricity consumption profile, fleet marginal electricity demand and environmental impacts of PEVs.  He has held positions as a system engineer for a photovoltaic integrator in Southern California, and as a systems integration engineer on the Chevy Volt powertrain at General Motors.

Scott Moura, V2G-Sim Team


Scott Moura is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Energy, Controls, and Applications Lab (eCAL). He received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 2011, the M.S. degree from the University of Michigan in 2008, and the B.S. degree from the UC Berkeley, in 2006 – all in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Moura is a recipient of the UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Michigan Distinguished ProQuest Dissertation Honorable Mention, University of Michigan Rackham Merit Fellowship, College of Engineering Distinguished Leadership Award. He has also been honored as a Semi-Plenary speaker at the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC) and Best Student Paper Finalist at the American Control Conference and ASME DSCC. His research interests include optimal & adaptive control, PDE control, energy storage, smart grid systems, and batteries.

V2G-Sim Subject-Matter Advisers

Venkat Srinivasan, Adviser


Venkat Srinivasan is Head of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Department at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He also serves as the Acting Director of the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) Program and Deputy Director of the recently announced Energy Storage Hub, titled Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).

Dr. Srinivasan's research interest is in developing the next-generation batteries for use in vehicle and grid applications. At present, he has projects focused on studying the degradation and performance limitations in advanced lithium-ion cathode and anode materials and on developing high power, low-cost flow batteries for use in stationary energy-storage applications.

Sila Kiliccote, Adviser


Sila Kiliccote is Acting Leader of the Grid Integration Group. She has been a part of the automated demand response team developing an automated communication infrastructure, integrating it with building control systems and working with stakeholders to standardize the information model. Her areas of interest include characterization of buildings and demand reduction, demand responsive lighting systems, building systems integration and feedback for demand-side management. She has a MS in Building Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of New Hampshire.

Joseph Eto, Adviser


Joseph H. Eto is a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he is the Leader of the Electricity Markets and Policy Group and the strategic advisor for the Energy Storage and Demand Resources Department. Joe also leads the program office for the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions, which is a national laboratory-university-industry R&D consortium founded by LBNL, ORNL, PNNL, SNL, PSERC, and the Electric Power Group that conducts research and analysis on electricity reliability and transmission.