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Clayton Barrows

Group Manager & Senior Researcher


Clayton Barrows is the Group Manager of the Grid Operations Planning Group in the Grid Planning and Analysis Center.

Research Interests

Power system modeling

Complex system optimization

Network science

Modeling software design


Ph.D., Energy and Mineral Engineering, Penn State University

B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming

Professional Experience

Senior Researcher, NREL (2017–Present)

Special Detail, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Policy and Innovation (2015)

Researcher, NREL (2014–2017)

Postdoctoral Researcher, NREL (2013)

Teaching Assistant, Penn State University (2007–2012)

Research Assistant, Penn State University (2007–2012)

Graduate Intern, Los Alamos National Laboratory (2011)

Software Application Engineer, Carel USA (2007)

Student Engineer, University of Wyoming, Motor Testing Facility (2004–2006)

Associations and Memberships

Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Secretary, Bulk Power Systems Operations Subcommittee of the IEEE Power And Energy Society

Featured Work

PowerSystems.jl - A Power System Data Management Package for Large Scale Modeling, SoftwareX (2021)

Transient Simulations with a Large Penetration of Converter-Interfaced Generation: Scientific Computing Challenges and Opportunities, IEEE Electrification Magazine (2021)

Integration of Energy Systems, MRS Bulletin (2021)

An Enterprise Control Assessment Case Study of the Energy-Water Nexus for the ISO New England System, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2021)

Multi-Operator Production Cost Modeling, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2019)

The IEEE Reliability Test System: A Proposed 2019 Update, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2019)

Transmission Switching in the RTS-96 Test System, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2011)

Awards and Honors

Best Paper Winner, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 2017–2019