Dean Samara-Rubio has been incubating technologies and defining Intel-based solutions for the energy market since 2006; including photovoltaics manufacturing, micro-inverter design, home energy management, and most recently active grid management. In the process he has collaborated with utilities around the world on live demonstration projects to highlight the ability for advanced computing and information technologies to maintain the viability of the distribution grids in light of proliferating of renewables, energy storage, and changes to consumer behavior. In these programs he has connected system integrators, hardware, and independent software vendors to the opportunities. Dean has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied semiconductor nanostructures. Dean joined Intel as an embedded cache circuit designer in 1997, he was an early contributor to the Intel Silicon Photonics breakthroughs, worked to characterize Silicon-based MEMS accelerometers and other new business initiatives at Intel before turning his focus to renewables and the grid.