Passionate Team. Game Changing Services.

SmartGridz vision is to provide intelligence and digital transformation to Electrical Networks enabling resilient, reliable, low-carbon, cost effective electricity for everyone.

Our powerful suite of smart grid analytics, automation and interactive IT/OT integrations enables the creation of the power grid of the future. Building the Autonomous Intelligent Electrical Networks around the globe.

Our Management Team

Rich Corley brings more than 30 years of experience leading and contributing to
technology-based companies. Rich is a serial entrepreneur with multiple
successful startup outcomes.

In addition to his strong startup experience he has also led large organizations in Fortune 100 tech companies. Rich’s strong software and analytics background is a great match for the evolution of the SmartGridz and he is excited to be creating the first GridOS.

Marija Ilić is a Professor Emerita at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). She is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems(LIDS)at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is an IEEE Life Fellow and an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and the Academia Europaea.

She was the first recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award for Power Systems in the US. She has co-authored several books on the subject of large-scale electric power systems, and has co-organized an annual multidisciplinary Electricity Industry conference series at Carnegie Mellon with participants from academia, government, and industry. She was the founder and co-director of the Electric Energy Systems Group (EESG) at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently she is building EESG@MIT, in the same spirit asEESG@CMU.Most recently she has offered an open EdX course at MIT entitled “Principles of Modeling, Simulations and Control in Electric Energy Systems”. She is founder and chief scientist at New Electricity Transmission Solutions (NETSS), Inc.

Jeffrey H. Lang received his SB (1975), SM (1977) and PhD (1980) degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of MIT in 1980 where he is now the Vitesse Professor of Electrical Engineering. He served as the Associate Director of the MIT Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems from 1991 to 2003, and now serves as an Associate Director of the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories since 2012. Professor Lang’s research and teaching interests focus on the analysis, design and control of electromechanical systems with an emphasis on: rotating machinery; micro/nano-scale (MEMS/NEMS) sensors, actuators and energy converters; flexible structures; and the dual use of electromechanical actuators as motion and force sensors.

He has written over 340 papers and holds 29 patents in the areas of electromechanics, MEMS, power electronics and applied control. He has been awarded 6 best-paper prizes from IEEE societies, and has received two teaching awards from MIT, and was selected as an MIT MacVicar Fellow in 2022. He is a coauthor of Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits published by Morgan Kaufman, and the editor of, and a contributor to, Multi-Wafer Rotating MEMS Machines: Turbines Generators and Engines published by Springer. Professor Lang is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and a former Hertz Foundation Fellow. He served as an Associate Editor of Sensors and Actuators between 1991 and 1994. He has also served as the Technical Co-Chair and General Co-Chair of the 1992 and 1993 IEEE MEMS Workshops, respectively, and the General Co-Chair of the 2013 PowerMEMS Conference.

Rob Soni has been working Professors Ilic and Lang for 15 years and with Rich for more than two decades.  Rob is a serially successful entrepreneur and experience Investor for almost 30 years with numerous multi-billion dollar IPOs and acquisitions to his name.

Rob has been working on the rearchitecting of the grid for almost two decades and sees Smartgridz as creating the first GridOS.

Dr. Eric Allen is an electrical engineer with over twenty years of experience in power system modeling and dynamics. Prior to joining SmartGridz, Eric was employed for more than 7 years as a Senior Engineer in transmission planning at New York ISO and more than 9 years as a Senior Engineer in Reliability Initiatives and System Analysis at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). He participated extensively in the investigation of several major power system disturbances, including the 2003 Northeast U.S. blackout and the 2011 Southwest U.S. blackout.

Eric Allen received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1993 and his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995 and 1998 respectively. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York and participates in the Power System Dynamic Performance and Power System Relaying and Communication Committees of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Dr. Rupamathi Jaddivada is an AI researcher with an experience of over 7 years in developing disruptive solutions for energy management. She works at the intersection of engineering and public policy to devise AI-enabled physics-backed solutions that could
expedite large-scale adoption of green energy.

Currently, she is developing metamodels to bring next-generation grid digitization to combat climate change. She has published over 40 papers, co-authored five books, holds three patents, and developed over seven software applications in the fields of electric energy systems and propulsion systems for aerospace. Prior to SmartGridz, Dr. Jaddivada was a post-doctoral researcher at MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) and a visiting researcher at the Institute of Applied Mathematics, University of Heidelberg.

She holds her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Science (Minor in Machine Learning) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India. She is one of the few female graduate students and postdocs invited to MIT’s 2018 EECS Rising Star workshop, a top ranker in the 2014 Srinivasa Ramanujan Mathematics Competition, and a reviewer of several prestigious journals.

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