Julia Matevosyan is the Chief Engineer at the Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG). She has more than 20 years of experience in the power industry. Prior to joining ESIG, Matevosyan was the Lead Planning Engineer of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). In her time with ERCOT, she worked on adequacy of system inertial response, system flexibility, frequency control, and performance issues related to high penetration levels of inverter-based generation and ancillary services market design. Julia received her BSc from Riga Technical University in Latvia, and her MSc and Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden.

Tell us a little about your career trajectory. How did you arrive at this field of study and what made you want to explore power systems?

My best friend, whose entire family are power systems engineers, was very determined to become one. As we were finishing high school, I was undecided about what career to pursue. I just knew I wanted math to be in it, but not much beyond that. My friend said, “let’s just go together.” And this is how I became a power engineer. To be honest, the first 2 years at university were hard with a lot of tough technical courses. I even considered quitting in a moment of weakness. In the third year, there was an opportunity to participate in an exchange program and study in Sweden for 6 months. This is when I realized that power systems engineering is not just about solving problems at your computer, but also meeting new people from all over the world and learning from them.

I graduated from Riga Technical University with a BSc and returned to that same university in Sweden to do my MSc (Royal Institute of Technology, KTH), and then my Ph.D. Towards