• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Ram Rajagopal

Stanford University

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ram Rajagopal is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he directs the Stanford Sustainable Systems Lab (S3L), currently focused on planning and large-scale management of distributed energy resources in support of the equitable decarbonization and climate resiliency of energy systems. He also co-directs the Bits and Watts initiative of the Precourt Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and an M.A. in Statistics, both from the University of California Berkeley, Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Texas, Austin and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, Powell Foundation Fellowship, Berkeley Regents Fellowship and the Makhoul Conjecture Challenge award. He holds more than 30 patents and several best paper awards from his work and has advised or founded various companies in the fields of sensor networks, power systems, and data analytics.

Sessions With Ram Rajagopal

Wednesday, 8 March

  • 03:30pm - 04:15pm (CST) / 08/mar/2023 09:30 pm - 08/mar/2023 10:15 pm

    Stanford University | 24/7 Carbon-Free Electrified Bus Fleet

    Stanford has completed the transition to 100 percent renewable electricity in March 2022, with on- and off-campus renewable electricity generation exceeding campus consumption on an annual basis. However, the campus is still plugged into the grid which carries carbon-based electricity. To completely eliminate emissions, Stanford’s next challenge is to match its electricity consumption with carbon-free resources at all hours of the year.

Thursday, 9 March

  • 03:30pm - 04:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2023 09:30 pm - 09/mar/2023 10:10 pm

    Thinking Systematically About Energy Transition

    The energy system is vast, complex and essential—a multitude of intertwined value chains that operate on a local, regional and global level with an installed infrastructure network that addresses movement across time and distance. We expect the system and the energy produced to be accessible, affordable, reliable, resilient, secure and increasingly low carbon. Ensuring the future energy system addresses these economic, environmental and equity expectations is one of the greatest challenges in our lifetime. And we expect this to happen in the next 25 years!