Brian Tarroja is a researcher and educator focused on better understanding the advantages and disadvantages of different pathways for developing a cleaner energy system and evaluating the effectiveness of solutions to improve them.
Currently, Brian leads and pursues original research in various aspects of these topics as an Assistant Professional Researcher and Lecturer at UC Irvine, as part of the Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP). He serves as PI and Co-PI on research grants, manages the Energy Systems Integration group of the APEP center, mentors graduate students in the research environment, supervises full-time research staff, and teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in Sustainable Energy Systems. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of California.
Brian obtained his M.S. (2011) and PhD. (2014) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California - Irvine, advised by Professor Scott Samuelsen. His graduate work focused on identifying and overcoming obstacles for the integration of renewable resources into the electric grid, and co-optimizing sustainable planning of electricity, transportation, and water infrastructure.