Elvin Vindel Pinto

Elvin Vindel Pinto

Unit
Carnegie Mellon University

Bio

Elvin is a second year PhD Student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University. His research investigates the use of demand-side resources to provide power system flexibility to facilitate the sustainable integration of renewable energy. He focuses on interfacing the environmental control of buildings to exploit their inherent thermal flexibility while maintaining the reliability in the service they provide.  His approach is to leverage advanced models, controls, and data analytics to enable buildings to autonomously adjust power consumption and become grid-interactive assets. Furthermore, he supports the transfer of knowledge from this field to the autonomous operation and increased self-awareness of deep space habitats through the NASA HOME research institute.