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Dr. Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier

Dr. Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier is a professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning at Sonoma State University, where she directs the Energy Management & Design program and teaches courses on energy technology and society, thermal and electrical energy management, small-scale energy sources, passive solar design, and quantitative methods. Her research has addressed both engineering and cultural dimensions of diverse aspects of energy technology, including electric power distribution, grid-connected photovoltaics, electric demand response, nuclear power plant operation, nuclear materials management, and green building performance. At the California Institute for Energy and Environment (, Dr. von Meier is currently collaborating with faculty from U.C. Berkeley and Sacramento State University on “smart grid” research, focusing on technical and operational issues associated with the integration of high levels of renewable energy. Her textbook, Electric Power Systems: A Conceptual Introduction (Wiley-IEEE, 2006), has been used in university courses and industry to help explain the complexities of operating the electric grid, and she regularly presents tutorials on electric power delivery to academic and professional audiences.

Professor von Meier received her Ph.D. in energy and resources (1995) and her B.A. in physics (1986) from the University of California, Berkeley. Also at Berkeley, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the electrical and nuclear engineering departments, and lecturer in energy and resources. She has been a consultant to Pacific Gas & Electric, the California ISO and the California State University on a variety of projects related to electric transmission, distributed generation and building energy management, and has testified before Congress on the potential contributions of energy efficiency and renewable resources. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Away from the office, Sascha enjoys cycling, rock climbing and the mountains whenever possible; having tasted El Capitan once, she hopes to hone her big-wall skills and tackle Half Dome’s Northwest Face this year.

Organizational Information
Professor of Environmental Studies and Planning