|Alma mater||IIT Kanpur, India|
Carnegie Mellon University
|Known for||Electric Vehicle, Smart Grid and Wireless, and RFID technologies|
|Awards||Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)|
|Fields||Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering|
|Institutions||University of California, Los Angeles|
Rajit Gadh is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and the founding director of the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) and the UCLA Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium (WINMEC).
Personal and Early Life
A native of India, Gadh graduated from Loyola High School, Jamshedpur, and La Martiniere High School, Calcutta. He received his bachelor's degree in Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT) and a M.S. degree in Engineering at Cornell University. He went on to complete a Ph.D. in Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), focusing on CAD/CAM, Feature Recognition, Computational Geometry, Artificial Intelligence/Robotics, and Visualization.
Gadh has over 25 years of experience in research and development, leading technology teams to investigate and develop advanced technologies and products. He is currently a professor at UCLA and the director of UCLA's Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC), which focuses on researching and developing innovative technologies for the next generation electric utility grid.
Prior to UCLA, Gadh taught for seven years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant, associate and full professor. He has also been a visiting researcher at Stanford University where he did his sabbatical from 1999 to 2000, and at the University of California, Berkeley where he served for a year after completing his doctorate degree.
Since 2004, Gadh has served on the Editorial Board of ACM Computers in Entertainment Publication. He is also on the editorial board for the International Journal of Internet Manufacturing and Services (IJIMS) and the advisory board for Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.
Awards and honors
Rajit Gadh received the Ralph R. Teetor Research and Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in 1993, Eastman Kodak - ASME Best Technical Paper Award from ASME Design Automation Conference in 1993, ALCOA Science Support Scholar from ALCOA Foundation in 1993 & 1994, Research Initiation Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1994, Early CAREER Award from NSF in 1995, Research Initiation Award from the Engineering Foundation in 1994, Lucent Industrial Ecology Fellow from AT&T in 1996, Lucent Industrial Ecology Award from NSF in 1997, and the William Mong Visiting Research Fellowship in Engineering from the University of Hong Kong in 2008. In 2013, along with several UCLA SMERC team members, he also received the Best Paper (Bronze) award at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on RFID Technologies and Applications.
In December 2017, Rajit Gadh has been selected by the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) Advisory Committee amongst 50 Indians who have contributed to growth of the Energy Storage and Micro-grid industry. A special issue of "Emerging Technology News" – the Quarterly Magazine of IESA – will acknowledge the contribution of Indians or People of Indian origin in the Global Energy Storage & Microgrid space.
In July 2017, Rajit Gadh, was quoted in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune article about solar farming on a large ranch. Gadh discussed the amount of space needed per megawatt of solar energy.
In November 2016, SMERC director, Rajit Gadh, was quoted in FastCodeDesign article on Tesla's latest product. The article discusses how Tesla's new solar roof power energy can feed Tesla car batteries which in turn feed Tesla energy facilities. They could also potentially feed into backup battery plants made up of older batteries.
In May 2015, Rajit Gadh appeared in two videos titled "Smart Meters - The Critical Element" and "What is Demand Response(DR)?". Part of a 6 video series, LA Smart Grid, released by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power that covers a range of topics such as: the energy problem, smart grid and sustainability, smart meters, demand response, electric vehicles, and energy efficiency.
In January 2014, General Motors "Drive the District" ran an article on Dr. Gadh's ongoing research on the future of electric vehicle charging. Later that year on May 31, Dr. Gadh participated in a panel, hosted by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, called "Mobility and Future of Transportation in Los Angeles." In September, SMERC participated in the National Drive Electric Week 2014 event held at UCLA. Guest speakers included Rajit Gadh, along with Paul Scott (Plug In America co-founder), Ed Begley Jr., and Susana M. Reyes (Senior Analyst, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti) who proclaimed the week of September 15–21, 2014 as National Drive Electric Week in the City of Los Angeles.
On November 15, 2013, UCLA announced its first of six Grand Challenges Project, "Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles", whose goal is to make the Los Angeles region 100% sustainable in water and energy by 2050. Gadh and his team at SMERC, along with other faculty, centers, and staff will be involved in this Grand Challenge.
Dr. Gadh was featured amongst a select number of faculty who are "groundbreakers" in UCLA's recent media campaign "The Optimists". Other notable figures in the campaign include John Wooden, Francis Ford Coppola, Terence Tao, Jackie Robinson, and James Dean.
Most recently, Rajit Gadh was interviewed by The Huffington Post about the origin of wireless technology, how it works and where it is headed. He was also interviewed by World Politics Review and Southern California Public Radio about the massive blackouts in India on 30 and 31 of July 2012, the largest power outage in history, and was also interviewed by the BBC about the Great Blackout of 2011 that affected parts of Southern California and Arizona, the largest blackout in California history.
Gadh has also been interviewed by other news outlets about various topics such as RFID technology by ZDNet, smart grid technology by MIT Technology Review, Technology Marketing Corp., and Glendale New-Press, LED technology by BizAsiaTechnology, and the Hurricane Sandy power outages by Popular Mechanics. He was recently quoted in a Toronto Star article, "How electricity has the power to transform the lives of girls around the world ", talking about new technologies being developed to allow homes to feed energy back into the grid.
Research and Publications
He has over 200 published papers, given keynotes and lectures to numerous conferences, and has five patents granted.
Select Keynotes & Speaking Events
Named by IESA (India Energy Storage Alliance) one of the "50 most influential Indians in Energy Storage and Micro-grids", December 13, 2017
San Gabriel Valley Chancellor’s Society Event, October 11, 2017, 
ASME 2017 Energy Sustainability (ES) Conference, Charlotte, NC, 28-29 June 2017
The Electric Vehicle-Utility Industry Nexus, San Diego, CA, 2-3 November, 2016
The Smart Grid Living Lab At UCLA, And Its Automated Demand Response Program, 4 May 2016
Lighting The Way: Getting Smart About Electricity, 18 April 2016
6th Annual Next-Generation Energy Storage 2016, 14–16 February 2016
2016 UCLA-Tata Global Forum, 11–12 January 2016
2015 Transmission & Distribution Summit, Houston, TX， 1-3 November 2015
Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (RPBD) Los Angeles 2015, 14 November 2015
NCPA Annual Conference 2015, 30 September - 2 October 2015
Panel Speaker, 2015 10th Annual AltCar Expo, 18 September 2015
Panel Speaker, The US-India Cleantech Opportunity – Global Workshop, 26 June 2015
Panel Speaker, The 2nd Annual UCLA Energy Innovation Conference: Transforming an Industry, 1 May 2015
Panel Speaker, RE-Invest 1st Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet & Expo, 15–17 February 2015
Speaker, Energy Thought Summit (ETS) 2014, 24–25 March 2014
Panel Speaker, Smart Grid: Get Plugged In!, 13 November 2013
2013 AltCar Expo & Conference, 20 September 2013
Speaker, California Energy Commission (CEC) Staff Workshop on the State's Role in Supporting Interoperability of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), 15 August 2013 
ISGMA 2013, International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications, 25–29 June 2013
Plenary speaker, 2013 FREEDM Systems Center Annual Industry Review and Conference, 12–13 February 2013
Plenary speaker, India Electricity 2013, 16–18 January 2013
Panel speaker, Milken Institute Summit - California 2012: "Renewables: Our Energy Edge?", November 15, 2012
HotPower '12 - 2012 Workshop on Power-Aware Computing and Systems, October 7, 2012
MobiCom 2011, The 17th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Network, September 20, 2011
Smart Grid Virtual Summit: Winter 2011, February 24, 2011
Distribution Technology & Innovation Summit, July 15, 2010
MobiCase 2009: The International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services, October 26, 2009
DCOSS '09 The 5th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, June 9, 2009
Raytheon’s Innovation Café, February 19, 2009
The Dizzying Convergence Of Electronic Devices And Services - What Are The Opportunities For Entrepreneurs?, Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum, May 12, 2007 d Associazionne Italiana di Logistica e di Supply Chain Management, June 2005
RFID: Wirelessly Tracking Objects From Cradle to Grave, April 20, 2005
X meeting of the telecom Industry, Defining the basis for a solid expansion, May 25, 2004
Third Annual Wireless Ventures Conference by Dow Jones VenutreWire, April 22, 2004
LOMA Emerging Technology Conference, September 3, 2003
Y Xiong, B Wang, C Chu, R Gadh, "Distributed Optimal Vehicle Grid Integration Strategy with User Behavior Prediction", 2017
W. Shi; N. Li; C. C. Chu; R. Gadh, "Real-Time Energy Management in Microgrids", IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid;8 (1), 228-238, 2017
Z Cao, YW Chung, Y Xiong, CC Chu, R Gadh, "IoT based manufacturing system with a focus on energy efficiency", Innovative Smart Grid Technologies-Asia (ISGT-Asia), 2016 IEEE, 545-552, 2016
Y Xiong, B Wang, Z Cao, C Chu, H Pota, R Gadh, "Extension of IEC61850 with smart EV charging", Innovative Smart Grid Technologies-Asia (ISGT-Asia), 2016 IEEE, 294-299, 2016
T Zhang, CC Chu, R Gadh, "A two-tier energy management system for smart electric vehicle charging in UCLA: A Solar-To-Vehicle (S2V) case study", Innovative Smart Grid Technologies-Asia (ISGT-Asia), 2016 IEEE, 288-293, 2016
Lee E-K, Shi W, Gadh R, Kim W, "Design and Implementation of a Microgrid Energy Management System", Sustainability. 2016; 8(11):1143
Wang, Y., Wang, B., Chu, C. C., Pota, H., & Gadh, R., "Energy management for a commercial building microgrid with stationary and mobile battery storage", Energy and Buildings, 116, 141-150 (2016)
Y. Wang, B. Wang, Tianyang Zhang, H. Nazaripouya, C. C. Chu and R. Gadh, "Optimal energy management for Microgrid with stationary and mobile storages", 2016 IEEE/PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition (T&D), Dallas, TX, 2016, pp. 1–5
B. Wang; Y. Wang; H. Nazaripouya; C. Qiu; C. Chu; R. Gadh, "Predictive Scheduling Framework for Electric Vehicles Considering Uncertainties of User Behaviors", IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. no. 99, pp. 1–1, 2016
B. Wang, R. Huang, Y. Wang, H. Nazaripouya, C. Qiu, C. Chu, R. Gadh, “Predictive Scheduling for Electric Vehicles Considering Uncertainty of Load and User Behaviors”, IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition, 2016
H. Nazaripouya, B. Wang, Y. Wang, P. Chu, H. R. Pota, and R. Gadh, "Univariate Time Series Prediction of Solar Power Using a Hybrid Wavelet-ARMA-NARX Prediction Method", IEEE PES T&D, Dallas, Texas, 2–5 May 2016
W. Shi, X. Xie, C. Chu, R. Gadh, "Distributed Optimal Energy Management in Microgrids," IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol.6, no.3, pp. 1137–1146, May 2015
H. Nazaripouya, Y. Wang, P. Chu, H. R. Pota, and R. Gadh, "Optimal Sizing and Placement of Battery Energy Storage in Distribution System Based on Solar Size for Voltage Regulation", 2015 IEEE PES General Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 26–30 July 2015
R. Huang, Y. Wang, W. Shi, D. Yao, B. Hu, C. Chu, R. Gadh, "Integration of IEC 61850 into a Vehicle-to-Grid system with networked electric vehicles ", IEEE ISGT 2015, Washington, DC, 17–20 February 2015
B. Wang, B. Hu, C. Qiu, P. Chu, R. Gadh, "EV Charging Algorithm Implementation with User Price Preference", IEEE ISGT 2015, Washington, DC, 17–20 February 2015
M. Majidpour, C. Qiu, P. Chu, R. Gadh, H.R. Pota, "Fast Prediction for Sparse Time Series: Demand Forecast of EV Charging Stations for Cell Phone Applications ", IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 11(1), pp. 242–250, February 2015
M. Majidpour, H.R. Pota, C. Qiu, P. Chu, R. Gadh, "Modified Pattern Sequence-based Forecasting for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations", IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), Venice, Italy, 3-6 Nov. 2014
Y. Wang, O. Sheikh, B. Hu, C. Chu, R. Gadh, "Integration of V2H/V2G Hybrid System for Demand Response in Distribution Network", IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), Venice, Italy, 3-6 Nov. 2014
W. Shi, E.K. Lee, D. Yao, R. Huang, C. Chu, R.Gadh, "Evaluating Microgrid Management and Control with an Implementable Energy Management System", IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), Venice, Italy, 3-6 Nov. 2014
W. Shi, X. Xie, C. Chu, R. Gadh, "A Distributed Optimal Energy Management Strategy for Microgrids", IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), Venice, Italy, 3-6 Nov. 2014
Y. Wang, H. Nazaripouya, C. Chu, R. Gadh, H.R. Pota, "Vehicle-to-Grid Automatic Load Sharing with Driver Preference in Micro-Grids", ISGT Europe 14, Istanbul, Turkey, 12-15 Oct. 2014
H. Pota, Md. J. Hossain, Md. A. Mahmud, and R. Gadh, "Islanded Operation of Microgrids with Inverter Connected Renewable Energy Resources", Proceedings of the 19th IFAC World Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, 24–29 August 2014
M. Majidpour, C. Qiu, P. Chu, R. Gadh and H. R. Pota, "Fast Demand Forecast of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for Cell Phone Application", Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE PES General Meeting, National Harbor, MD, USA., 27–31 July 2014
H. R. Pota, M. J. Hossain, M. A. Mahmud and R. Gadh, "Control for Microgrids with Inverter Connected Renewable Energy Resources", Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE PES General Meeting, National Harbor, MD, USA. 27–31 July 2014
R. Huang, E.-K. Lee, C. Chu, R. Gadh, "Integration of IEC 61850 into a Distributed Energy Resources System in a Smart Green Building", IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, National Harbor, MD, USA., 27–31 July 2014
W. Shi, N. Li, X. Xie, C. Chu, and R. Gadh, "Optimal residential demand response in distribution networks", IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 32(7), July 2014
C. Chung, A. Shepelev, C. Qiu, C. Chu, and R. Gadh, "Mesh Network for RFID and Electric Vehicle Monitoring in Smart Charging Infrastructure", Journal of Communications Software and Systems, 10(2), June 2014
R. Huang, Y. Wang, C. Chu, R. Gadh, Y. Song, "Optimal Configuration of Distributed Generation on Jeju Island Power Grid Using Genetic Algorithm: A Case Study", Special Issue on RFID Technologies & Internet of Things in the Journal of Communication Software and Systems, 10(2), June 2014
C. Chung, J. Chynoweth, P. Chu and R. Gadh, "Master-Slave Control Scheme in Electric Vehicle Smart Charging Infrastructure", The Scientific World Journal special issue for Power, Control, and Optimization, 18 March 2014
J. Chynoweth, C. Chung, C. Qiu, C. Chu, R. Gadh, "Smart Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Overview", The Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Conference, Washington, DC, USA.,19–22 February 2014
C. Chung, J. Chynoweth, C. Qiu, C. Chu, R. Gadh, "Design of Fast Response Smart Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure", IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference, IGESC 2013, Long Beach, U.S.A., Nov. 25, 2013
E.-K. Lee, P. Chu, and R. Gadh, "Fine-Grained Access to Smart Building Energy Resources", IEEE Internet Computing, 17(6), pp. 48–56, Nov.-Dec. 2013
C.Chung, E. Youn, J. Chynoweth, C. Qiu, C. Chu, R. Gadh, "Safety Design for Smart Electric Vehicle Charging with Current and Multiplexing Control", 2013 IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications, Vancouver, Canada, 21–24 October 2013
A. Shepelev, C. Chung, C. Chu, R. Gadh, "Mesh Network Design for Smart Charging Infrastructure and Electric Vehicle Remote Monitoring", International Conference on ICT Convergence 2013, Jeju, Korea, Oct. 14-16, 2013
C. Chung, J. Chynoweth, C. Qiu, C. Chu, R. Gadh, "Design of Fair Charging Algorithm for Smart Electrical Vehicle Charging Infrastructure", International Conference on ICT Convergence 2013, Jeju, Korea, Oct. 14-16, 2013
C. Chung, A. Shepelev, C. Qiu, C. Chu, R. Gadh, "Design of RFID Mesh Network for Electric Vehicle Smart Charging Infrastructure", 2013 IEEE International Conference on RFID Technologies and Applications, IEEE RFID TA 2013, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 4–5 September 2013 ** The Bronze Paper Award **
Ching-Yen Chung, Peter Chu, Rajit Gadh, "Design of Smart Charging Infrastructure Hardware And Firmware Design of The Various Current Multiplexing Charging System", Seventh Global Conference on Power Control and Optimization PCO 2013, Prague, August. 2013. p. 25-27
Eun-Kyu Lee, Rajit Gadh, Mario Gerla, "Energy Service Interface: Accessing to Customer Energy Resources for Smart Grid Interoperation", IEEE Journal on Select Areas in Communications (JSAC), 31(7), pp. 1195–1204, July 2013
Eun-Kyu Lee, Rajit Gadh, Mario Gerla, "Resource Centric Security to Protect Customer Energy Information in the Smart Grid", IEEE Smart Grid Communications, Taiwan, October. 2012 (Conference Paper)
Rui Huang, Tiana Huang, Rajit Gadh, Na Li, "Solar Generation Prediction using the ARMA Model in a Laboratory-level Micro-grid", Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), 2012 IEEE Third International Conference on Digital Object Identifier, Nov. 5-8, 2012 Taiwan, p. 528-533
S. Mal, A. Chattopadhyay, A. Yang, R. Gadh, "Electric vehicle smart charging and vehicle-to-grid operation", International Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems, vol. 27, no. 3. March 2012.
Siddhartha Mal, Rajit Gadh, "Real-Time Push Middleware and Mobile Application for Electric Vehicle Smart Charging and Aggregation", Accepted for publication June 15, 2011, Special Issue on: Context-Aware System and Intelligent Middleware for Smart Grid International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems (IJCNDS) 2011.
Katina Michael, George Roussos, George Q. Huang, Arunabh Chattopadhyay, Rajit Gadh, B.S. Prabhu, Peter Chu, "Planetary-scale RFID Services in an Age of Uberveillance 98(9)", Proceedings of the IEEE, 1663-1671 (2010)
Xiaoyong Su, Chi-Cheng Chu, B.S. Prabhu, Rajit Gadh, "Creating a RFID Data Integration Framework for Enterprise Information System", Accepted for publication on International Journal of Internet Protocol Technology, v.4 n.4, p. 221-231, November 2009
Tim Coltman, Rajit Gadh, Katina Michael, "RFID and Supply Chain Management: Introduction to the Special Issue", Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, 3(1), 2008, iii-vi
Harish Ramamurthy, B. S. Prabhu, Rajit Gadh, Asad Madni, "Wireless Industrial Monitoring and Control using a Smart Sensor Platform", IEEE Sensors Journal, 7(5), May 2007, 611-618
Xiaoyong Su, B.S. Prabhu, Chicheng Chu and Rajit Gadh, "Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Based Multi-Level Graphics Representation for Engineering Rich-Content Exchange in Mobile Collaboration Computing Environments", Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering—June 2006—Volume 6, Issue 2, pp. 96–102
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