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Maximiliano Ferrari

Distributed Energy and Grid Management


Supervising Faculty: Mark Buckner

Maximiliano was born in Argentina and raised in Colombia. He has degrees in Electronic Engineering from PUJ-Colombia, Physics (Major) and Environmental Studies (Minor) from Allegheny College-USA and a Master in Electronic System Engineering from UPV-Spain. His professional experience is interdisciplinary. He worked in Information Technology, R&D and Energy Efficiency. He has held positions at Hewlett Packard, Intel Corporation, Ford Motor Company and Allegheny College.


His research has focused on the integration of wind turbines to weak grids, Power Quality enhancement using Distributed Generators and optimization techniques for Maximum Power Point Tracking in Photovoltaic and Thermogenerator modules. Currently, at the ORNL Energy and Power Group, he is working on the Grid Self-aware Elastic Extensible Resiliency (Grid-SEER), an FPGA-based, real-time. Additionally, has a strong interest in researching Microgrids and Distributed Generation as feasible alternatives to our current dependency on a centralized energy generation based on fossil fuels. He joined the Bredesen center to work towards the development of an efficient, affordable and expansive implementation of renewable energy systems.


Besides the research and academic work, Max enjoys running, playing drums and reading.


Master Electronic Systems Engineering. Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV),Valencia, Spain

Bachelor of Science With Honors, Physics (Major), Environmental Studies (Minor), Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Bachelor of Science, Electronic Engineering. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia

Awards and Recognitions

  • Rectory Scholarship, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
  • First Place Prize in IEEE Advanced Mobile Robotics, Universidad Javeriana.
  • Santander Bank “CRUE” Grant.
  • Collaborative Research Grant, Allegheny College.
  • Alden Scholarship
, Allegheny College.


Dr. Lars Berger, M.S. Maximiliano Ferrari, Ing. Alejandro Garcia, Ing. Domingo Ramos. “System and method to manage lightweight electric vehicles.” Spanish Patent Reference: P201300021.

Maximiliano Ferrari, 2014. “GSC control strategy for harmonic voltage elimination of grid-connected DFIG wind turbine ” Presented at International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA). Also in First Conference on Sustainable Energy, Bahia Blanca, Argentina, 2014.





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