Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier is the director of the California Institute for Energy and Environment‘s electric grid program area, which focuses on power distribution systems, smart grid issues, and the integration of distributed and intermittent generation. Her current research projects center on the use of high-precision micro-synchrophasor measurements for situational awareness, diagnostics and control applications in distribution grids.
Von Meier is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, where she teaches a course on electric power systems. She is the author of the textbook Electric Power Systems: A Conceptual Introduction.
Until 2011, she was a professor of energy management and design in the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning at Sonoma State University, where she taught a curriculum centering on energy efficiency and renewable resources. Her past research includes studies of cultural factors in technology adoption, operation of nuclear power plants and management of nuclear materials.
Von Meier received a B.A. in physics in 1986 and a Ph.D. in energy and resources in 1995, both from UC Berkeley. In addition to studying all things related to electric energy, she loves cycling, rock climbing and being in the mountains.