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Dane Christensen

Acting Manager – Cybersecurity & Resilience

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Dane Christensen, Ph.D., serves as principal engineer for Energy Security and Resilience at NREL. His research focuses on identifying and mitigating cross-infrastructure dependencies that can lead to unanticipated vulnerability to natural hazards and human-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 received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Rice University.

Prior to joining NREL, Christensen worked at Atec, Inc., designing test and support equipment for turboshaft engines.

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

Stochastic Model Predictive Control for Demand Response in a Home Energy Management System, 2018 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)

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

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

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