Electric Power Industry Expert Ajit Kulkarni Joins Nexant’s Grid Management Business Unit

May 17, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – Nexant, Inc. announced today that Dr. Ajit Kulkarni has joined its Grid Management business unit in the company’s Sacramento, California office.  He previously held senior positions at Navigant, R.W. Beck, and Ventyx.  At Nexant, he will assume responsibility for leading electric power project feasibility and system improvement studies.

For over 25 years, Dr. Kulkarni has focused on solving many of the energy industry’s unique issues involving nodal/LMP analysis, congestion/curtailment, unit commitment and dispatch, production costing, optimal power flow, power flow, interconnections, NERC compliance, integrated resource planning, financial transmission rights and congestion revenue rights analysis, screening and feasibility studies, and system impacts. He has an extensive background in power systems analysis, generation and transmission studies, modeling, simulations, algorithms, and software development.

“Ajit is widely recognized for his extensive experience in the energy industry and his joining our team further deepens our expertise and broadens Nexant’s ability to provide robust analytical solutions to our clients,” said Doug Welsh, Nexant Vice President of Grid Management Consulting. “The electric power industry has never been more complex, and Ajit’s capabilities and his understanding of the complex issues facing the industry places him in a relatively small and exclusive group of global energy experts.”

“Today, the energy industry must deal with a variety of challenges and opportunities—such as the need to integrate more renewables, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop sustainable energy resources, and rebuild an aging infrastructure,” said Dr. Kulkarni. “Nexant has the demonstrated expertise and experience required to help the energy industry successfully meet these challenges, and I’m proud and delighted to be a part of the team.”

Dr. Kulkarni holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in electrical and computer engineering (power systems) from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and a B.S. (magna cum laude) in electrical and computer engineering from the Honors College at Arizona State University.

Dr. Kulkarni can be reached at +1 415 369 1170 or akulkarni@nexant.com.