Emma Stewart Joins NRECA as Chief Scientist

Brings National Lab, Energy Sector Experience to Top Research Position for Electric Cooperatives

ARLINGTON, Va. – Emma Stewart, Ph.D., an experienced leader and researcher at national laboratories and in the energy sector, is joining the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) as the organization’s chief scientist, replacing Dr. Craig Miller who is retiring to academia as a professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

In her new role, Dr. Stewart’s work will expand the leadership of NRECA and electric co-ops in the scientific and engineering communities. She will lead and advise the Business & Technology Strategies team to further advance research into grid resilience and reliability, transmission and distribution, cybersecurity and more.

“As an accomplished engineer, Dr. Stewart comes to NRECA with nearly two decades of demonstrated success in scientific research,” said Jim Matheson, chief executive officer at NRECA. “In particular, her leadership in grid modernization, data analytics and defense-related projects will strengthen our insights and recommendations on current and future trends affecting electric sector operations.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Stewart to our talented team,” said Jim Spiers, senior vice president for Business & Technology Strategies at NRECA. “ She will be instrumental in helping electric cooperatives across the nation optimize and transform their systems in an evolving industry.”

“I am honored to join NRECA, and excited for what the future holds for the association and electric cooperatives across the nation,” said Dr. Stewart. “Electric co-ops play a significant role in the energy revolution. I look forward to helping spearhead innovative research and solutions.”

Dr. Stewart most recently served as Associate Program Leader, Defense Infrastructure, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. She also managed the Grid Integration Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, led the distribution planning, modeling and analysis consulting group at BEW Engineering, a DNV Company, and performed research on hydrogen fuel cells and other hydrogen programs at Sandia National Laboratory. She earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Master of Engineering degree from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national trade association representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives. From growing suburbs to remote farming communities, electric co-ops serve as engines of economic development for 42 million Americans across 56 percent of the nation’s landscape. As local businesses built by the consumers they serve, electric cooperatives have meaningful ties to rural America and invest $12 billion annually in their communities.