Today, the Plugged In writing desk is pleased to announce that Robert Fares will be joining the discussion here on Plugged In for the next few months as a regular contributor. He has been a frequent guest writer and participated in a live twitter discussion with the blog in October 2013 (see below).


Robert comes from a deep energy background, having grown up in Saudi Arabia in a planned residential community operated by Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, studying Mechanical Engineering and English Composition. During undergraduate, he realized his passion for solving complex engineering challenges in energy and communicating his findings in a way that people can understand.

Robert is currently in the final year of his PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. In his research, he investigates the cost-benefit tradeoffs of grid-based energy storage. Furthermore, Robert looks at how certain storage technologies could participate in the Texas electricity market by supplying multiple energy and power services over time.

You can follow Robert on Twitter @RobertFares

To see Robert's previous guest posts on Plugged In, see: