Leon Roose is a faculty specialist at Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, where he spearheaded the formation of Grid System Technologies Advanced Research Team (GridSTART), an HNEI research team focused on the integration and analysis of energy technologies and power systems, including smart grid and micro grid applications. He was with the Hawaiian Electric Company for 19 years previously, serving in numerous management roles, most recently directing the System Integration Department. His career at Hawaiian Electric has included management responsibilities for renewable energy planning and resource planning and procurement, the purchase and distribution of fuel to all utility generation plants, and the negotiation of power purchase contracts for the Hawaiian Electric companies. Roose is also a licensed attorney and worked in a private law practice in Hawaii and has held the position of Associate General Counsel at Hawaiian Electric. He holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and a J.D. from the University of Hawaii.