Dr. Andrea Kraj is a revolutionary leader in developing virtual power plants using microgrid renewable energy and storage systems.
Dr. Kraj is a practicing professional engineer (Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba) specialized in Intelligent Energy Systems and Smart Grid Technology for Smart Cities with 20 years of experience. Her work is focused on the application of intelligent energy systems for improved management of multiple renewable energy systems (wind, solar, biomass, storage etc.) in remote communities, such as Northern, First Nations and tropical island nations for rural electrification and autonomy from fossil fuel dependence.
Dr. Kraj is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. She is leading the development of the curriculum in the specialty stream of Energy Security under the Master of Sustainability program. She completed her Ph.D. (2015), M.Sc. (2007) and B.Sc. (2003) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering with Aerospace Specialization and is a pioneering leader in developing sophisticated computer modeling and simulation of advanced energy systems, supporting the design, operation and optimization of multi-renewable energy systems with storage for micro-grid networks. She is an accomplished author and speaker (TEDx), having published several articles on energy policy, community energy development, and remote power systems. Additionally, she has several years of experience in design for manufacture, CAD modeling and FEA in the aerospace, composite materials and international business sectors.
Dr. Kraj is passionate about community renewable energy, smart cities, smart grid, remote power systems, energy policy and sustainability. She is available for public speaking engagements, review boards, and consulting.
Dr. Kraj launched her new podcast, Fempower, in June 2018 with the intention of celebrating women, specifically focused on representing women in the T.E.A.M.S. fields of Technology, Trades, Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Arts, Athletics, Mathematics, Science and Spirituality to empower and inspire others.