Our Vision & Mission

ProsumerGrid is an award-winning startup company with the vision to optimize the world’s energy resources in order to achieve the objectives of ultra-reliability, economic optimization, and sustainability. Our mission is to provide our clients with innovative tools for managing the emerging power grid.


The Company is based in Atlanta, GA. The background research project started in 2012 with a $2M grant from ARPA-E to Georgia Tech. In May 2014, the team won the ACC Clean Energy Business Plan competition and incorporated the company. In December 2015, ProsumerGrid (together with NRECA, SCE, NYSSGC, and Newport Consulting) obtained a $3M ARPA-E grant to develop the Distributed System Operator Simulator product.

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Our Leadership

Meet Our Team

ProsumerGrid’s team includes a diverse group of experts in power systems, optimization, control systems, and business strategy.

Santiago Grijalva, PhD
Santiago Grijalva, PhDChairman
Dr. Grijalva has more than 20 years of experience in the power systems industry. He is a Professor and the Director of the Advanced Computational Electricity Systems Laboratory (ACES) at Georgia Tech. From 2013-2014, he served at NREL as founding Director of the Power System Engineering Center (PSEC), responsible for $20M/year on grid integration research. In the past, he also contributed to the growth of PowerWorld, a highly successful simulation software company used by utilities around the world.
John Higley
John HigleyCFO
Mr. Higley has been a management consultant to the energy and utilities industry for over 35 years. He is the retired Partner of the Deloitte Consulting Energy and Utilities Practice. He has managed or directly performed eighteen M&A of both public and private companies. He was Senior VP of EMA. EMA developed PROMOD, a production costing system used by 80% of the utility generating capacity in the U.S. He was on the Board of a venture capital with over $ 250 million in investments in early stage companies.
Shabbir Ahmed, PhD
Shabbir Ahmed, PhDVP of R&D
Dr. Ahmed is a Professor in the School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received his PhD and MS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are in optimization, specifically stochastic and integer programming. Dr. Ahmed’s honors include the Dean’s Professorship and Stewart Fellowship from Georgia Tech, the NSFCAREER award, two IBM Faculty Awards, the Coca-Cola Junior Professorship from ISyE, and the INFORMS Dantzig Dissertation award.
Marcelo Sandoval, Msc, MBA, PMP
Marcelo Sandoval, Msc, MBA, PMP COO
Marcelo is a last-year Ph.D. Candidate and Researcher in the Advanced Computational Electricity Systems Laboratory at Georgia Tech. He is a former electrical engineer for Intel, the Solar Team at Eaton and ABB in Poland. He has been working as Technology to Market Project Manager for projects with the DOE and ARPA-E valued at $5M and $2M. He obtained his MBA and graduate certificates in Entrepreneurship, International Business Management, Management of Technology, Lean Six Sigma and Project Management.
Umer Tariq, PhD
Umer Tariq, PhDSoftware Architect
Dr. Tariq received his PhD and MS from School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. His doctoral research focused on software architectures for cyber-physical systems. During his doctoral studies, he was also the lead software developer for a simulation-based smart grid testbed, employed in the Green Electricity Network Integration (GENI) program of Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E). Dr. Tariq also holds a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Entrepreneurship from Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech.