José Daniel Lara was born in San José, Costa Rica. He received a B.Sc. and Licentiate in Electrical Engineering in 2009 and 2012 from the University of Costa Rica; both with an emphasis in power systems and electrical machines and MASc degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada. Research areas he has explored include propulsion systems for EV’s, multi-objective optimization in distribution networks, and lately the development of uncertainty-aware Energy Management Systems for Isolated Microgrids.
His work expertise includes the design and construction of micro-hydro projects, technical-financial analysis of distributed PV, the framework for the implementation of the Nissan LEAF EV and transmission systems operation security analysis in Costa Rica. Lately he has worked in design, simulation and testing of Energy Management Systems for microgrid control as part of the electrotechnologies group at Hatch Ltd in Canada.
At Cal he works in RAEL lab as a GSR in data and policy analysis to support renewable energy integration in California. Further research interests include analysis and simulation of power systems, mathematical programming under uncertainty and its applications to power systems operation, planning and energy policy.