Casey Canfield

Assistant Professor in Engineering Management & Systems Engineering, Missouri S&T

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The Future of the Grid: Policy, Technology, and Market Changes

The electricity grid is widely regarded as one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century. However, new pressures to improve sustainability, reliability, and resiliency while maintaining or reducing costs indicate that the status quo is not acceptable. New technologies, such as the Internet of Things and microgrids, open up a whole new way to design, maintain, and operate the grid. However, regulatory uncertainty, expectations about consumer participation, and equity concerns all serve to complicate the question: What’s the right path forward?



Casey Canfield @caseycan is an Assistant Professor in Engineering Management & Systems Engineering at Missouri S&T. Her research is focused on quantifying the human part of complex systems to improve decision-making. She has a PhD in Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, where she published research on how to communicate electricity information, improve stakeholder engagement in the City of Pittsburgh, and quantify people’s ability to detect phishing emails for risk analysis. After completing her PhD, she spent a year and a half as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office. She was primarily involved in designing and managing programs that aim to increase innovation in the energy sector.