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Dane Christensen

Manager - Cybersecurity System Analysis Group

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Dane Christensen serves as manager for the Cybersecurity Science and Simulation Group at NREL. His research focuses on identifying and mitigating cross-infrastructure dependencies which lead to unanticipated vulnerability to natural hazards and man-made threats as our energy systems modernize. Since joining NREL in 2008, Christensen primarily studied Internet of Things, data-driven controls and analytics, and grid-interactive residential building solutions. He led pioneering work in home energy management, resulting in a 2018 R&D100 award for the foresee™ technology. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, four issued patents, and numerous software copyrights, patents pending, and other innovative ventures.

Christensen received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Rice University.

Research Interests

Building-grid integration and transactive controls

Data-driven automation and analytics

Energy blockchain applications


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rice University

Featured Work

Bulk Electric Power System Risks from Coordinated Edge Devices, IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy (2021)

Risk Assessment at the Edge: Applying NERC CIP to Aggregated Grid-Edge Resources, The Electricity Journal (2019)

Economic Sizing of Batteries for the Smart Home, International High-Performance Buildings Conference (2018)

Stochastic Model Predictive Control for Demand Response in a Home Energy Management System, IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (2018)

foresee: A User-Centric Home Energy Management System for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Applied Energy (2017)

Electric Energy Management in the Smart Home: Perspectives on Enabling Technologies and Consumer Behavior, Proceedings of the IEEE (2013)