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Ron Melton

Ron Melton

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Melton is the director of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration project, the administrator of the GridWise® Architecture Council, and a senior technical leader for smart grid research and development projects. He has over 30 years of experience applying computer technology to a variety of engineering and scientific problems. In addition to smart grid related projects, recent experience includes research and engineering in cyber security for critical infrastructure protection and process control system security. Dr. Melton is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Research Interests

  • Smart grid technology
  • Control theory
  • Interoperability and architecture for systems of systems
  • Cyber security

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. Engineering Science, California Institute of Technology
  • M.S. Engineering Science, California Institute of Technology
  • BSEE, University of Washington

PNNL Publications


  • Widergren SE, MR Knight, RB Melton, D Narang, M Martin, B Nordman, A Khandekar, and KS Hardy. 2018. Interoperability Strategic VisionPNNL-27320, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 


  • Melton RB, KP Schneider, TE McDermott, and SV Vadari. 2017. GridAPPS-D Conceptual Design v1.0PNNL-26340, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 


  • Agalgaonkar YP, MC Marinovici, SV Vadari, KP Schneider, and RB Melton. 2016. ADMS State of the Industry and Gap AnalysisPNNL-26361, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Forfia D, M Knight, and RB Melton. 2016. "The View from the Top of the Mountain: Building a Community of Practice with the GridWise Transactive Energy Framework." IEEE Power & Energy Magazine 14(3):25-33.  doi:10.1109/MPE.2016.2524961
  • Melton RB, and JC Fuller. 2016. "Transactive Energy: Envisioning the Future [About This Issue]." IEEE Electrification Magazine 4(4):2-3.  doi:10.1109/MELE.2016.2614198


  • Melton RB, A Somani, and SA Kowalski. 2014. Transactive Energy Framework Workshop Proceedings, September 10-11, 2014 Folsom, CA.  GridWise Architecture Council / Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Melton RB, M Knight, A Somani, and AC Steckley. 2014. Transactive Energy Framework 4th Transactive Energy Workshop Proceedings, December 10-11, 2013, Westminster, California, ed. GridWise Architecture Council.  U.S. Department of Energy, Washington DC . 


  • Melton RB. 2013. GridWise Transactive Energy Framework (DRAFT Version).  GridWise Architecture Council, Richland , WA. 
  • Melton RB. 2013. "Creating a Transactive Energy Framework: Improving Reliability and Efficiency." Energybiz (November/December):,
  • Melton RB, AC Steckley, and A Somani. 2013. First International Transactive Energy Conference and Workshop Proceedings 2013: Implementing the Future of the Electrical System, May 23-24, 2013, Portland, Oregon.  GridWise Architecture Council / Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 


  • Melton RB, and TD Halter. 2012. Grid-Interop 2011 Proceedings: Implementing Interoperability, Advancing Smart Grid Standards, Architecture and Community, December 5-8, 2011, Phoenix, AZ.  GridWise Architecture Council, Richalnd, WA. 
  • Melton RB, and TD Halter. 2012. Transactive Energy Workshop Proceedings 2012.  GridWise Architecture Council / Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.  doi:
  • Melton RB. 2012. GridWise« Architecture Council The Impact of Local Policy on Smart Grids Workshop Proceedings August 28-29, 2012 Seattle, Washington .  GridWise Architecture Council , Richland, WA. 
  • Alizadeh M, X LI, Z Wang, A Scagilone, and RB Melton. 2012. "Demand Side Management in the Smart Grid: Information Processing for the Power Switch." IEEE Signal Processing Magazine 29(5):55-67.  doi:10.1109/MSP.2012.2192951


  • Melton RB, and TD Halter. 2011. Transactive Energy Workshop Proceedings, May 18-19, 2011, Redwood City, California.  GridWise Architecture Council / Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Melton RB, RE Jarnagin, TD Halter, and NAF Foster. 2011. Grid-Interop 2010 Proceedings: Working Together For Interoperability, November 30- December 3, 2010, Chicago, IL.  GridWise Architecture Council, Richland, WA. 


  • Melton RB, and DJ Hammerstrom. 2010. "Getting Grid Smart in the United States' Pacific Northwest." Metering International 3(online):,
  • Melton RB, and R Ambrosio. 2010. "Interoperability Checklist for Decision-Makers." In 2010 Power and Energy General Meeting.  2010 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PES.2010.5590183
  • Hammerstrom DJ, TV Oliver, RB Melton, and R Ambrosio. 2010. "Standardization of a Hierarchical Transactive Control System." In Grid Interop 2009 Conference, November 17-19, 2009, Denver, CO.  GridWise Architecture Council, Richland, WA. 
  • Huang P, J Kalagnanam, R Natarajan, M Sharma, R Ambrosio, DJ Hammerstrom, and RB Melton. 2010. "Analytics and Transactive Control Design for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project." In Proceedings of the First IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), October 4-6, 2010, Gaithersburg, Maryland, pp. 449-454.  IEEE, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/SMARTGRID.2010.5622083
  • Melton RB, and NV Brock. 2010. Grid-Interop 2009 Proceedings: The Road to an Interoperable Grid, November 17-10, 2009, Denver, CO.  Gridwise Architecture Council, Richland, WA. 


  • Kuykendall HI, and RB Melton. 2009. Grid-Interop: Ensuring Smart Grid Interoperability Proceedings.  Gridwise Architecture Council , Richland, WA. 


  • Izmaylov A, J Valente, JR Griggs, P Rexroth, A Piskarev, V Babkin, E Sokolov, RB Melton, ME Cunningham, KA Baker, and AJ Brothers. 2005. "METHODOLOGY FOR EVALUATION OF REGULATORY EFFECTIVENESS IN PHYSICAL PROTECTION." In Proceedings of the INMM 46th Annual Meeting, July 10-14, 2005, Phoenix, Arizona.  Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, Deerfield, IL. 


  • Kouzes RT, JR Cash, DM Devaney, BD Geelhood, RR Hansen, RB Melton, and WK Pitts. 2002. "Authentication Assurance Levels." In Proceedings of the 43rd Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, June 23-27, 2002, p. 10 pages.  Institute on Nuclear Materials Management, Northbrook, IL. 


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