COLUMBUS, OH., 2 December, 2009—Battelle Vice President of Energy Infrastructure Mani Vadari has been elected to the board of directors of the GridWise Alliance for a two-year term.
“It is an honor to serve on the board of an alliance that helps to mold the future of America’s smart grid,” Vadari said. “I am excited to be a part of this game-changing industry and look forward to seeing the transformation of what Thomas Edison invented into a safe, smart, and innovative grid system.”
Battelle is a founding member of the alliance, which began in 2003. Vadari is one of 15 board members, four of whom were elected this year. “Battelle and its diverse group of operating units will bring a unique perspective to the smart grid in terms of its breadth and depth,” said Vadari.
The GridWise Alliance is a coalition that advocates for a smarter grid for the public good. The Alliance facilitates the effective collaboration of stakeholders, to promote, educate, and advocate for the adoption of innovative smart grid solutions. The organization represents a broad range including utilities, large tech companies, academia, venture capitalists, and emerging tech companies.
“We are so excited that Mani will be joining the Board of the Alliance,” said Katherine Hamilton, President of the GridWise Alliance. “Battelle was one of the founding organizations behind the GridWise concept and their voice is invaluable. Mani’s leadership will simply increase the benefit of Battelle to the coalition.”
As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.
Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
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