Steve Drouilhet is an internationally recognized expert in renewable energy microgrid design. Steve is a creative and innovative systems designer, well versed in electrical, mechanical, and controls engineering disciplines. He holds engineering degrees from Brown University, the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, and the University of California at Berkeley. Demonstrating his versatility, Drouilhet was the only member of his graduating class at Brown University to be elected to honor societies in the humanities, science, and engineering: Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts), Sigma Xi (scientific research), and Tau Beta Pi (mechanical engineering). He also obtained his Professional Engineer’s License in California in 1984. Drouilhet’s professional experience in the wind energy industry spans over 30 years, having begun his career in 1982 working for U.S. Windpower Inc. as a field test engineer on the very first California wind farm in Altamont Pass. From 1994 to 2002, he worked at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he led NREL’s program in wind-diesel hybrid system research and development and was the principal designer of the high penetration wind-diesel power system implemented in the arctic village of Wales, Alaska. While enjoying the research and his colleagues at the national laboratory, Drouilhet’s entrepreneurial drive led him back to the private sector.