Dr. Rob Hovsapian is a research scientist at Idaho National Laboratory, holding the position of power and energy integration group lead, the principle investigator for advanced energy system research. He earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering – Energy Systems in 2009 from Florida State University with his dissertation “Thermodynamic Optimization of a Solar System for Cogeneration of Water Heating/Purification and Absorption Cooling.” Prior to joining INL he was a program manager for USNAVY – ONR’s The Electric Ship Research and Development Consortium (ESRDC) a $96Mil 10 year research & development program. His industry experience has been with General Dynamics, as a computer integrated manufacturing manager developed one of the earlier integrated 3D printing; with Northrop-Grumman, as an integrated product team leader and system architect; and with Northrup-Grumman/TRW as a program manager in the Pacific Rim. He has been responsible for the successful establishment /deployment of several advanced flexible manufacturing startup facilities globally. While working for INL, from January 2012 to September 2013 he was stationed at the Energy Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., providing management and operating support to the Wind and Water program.