Ron Ambrosio is the founding Chief Scientist of Utopus Insights, responsible for industry liaison and the technical vision of the company. Prior to this position, Ron was an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer for IBM's Smarter Energy Research, overseeing the Energy and Utilities Industry technical activities in the company's research laboratories around the world.
Ron joined IBM in 1981 at the T. J. Watson Research Center, working in a variety of areas including embedded operating systems, distributed application frameworks, and pervasive computing environments, ultimately focusing on networked embedded computing with particular emphasis on what he coined "Internet-scale Control Systems" -- the interaction of control systems and sensor networks with enterprise systems and business processes. He helped establish IBM's activities in both Smart Grids and Smarter Planet. In 2000 Ron began working with the U.S. Department of Energy, NIST and FERC on future energy system requirements and architecture, interoperability, distributed energy resource management including transactive energy, and related policy and regulatory issues. He was selected by the Department of Energy to sit on the 13-member GridWise® Architecture Council beginning in 2004, serving as Chairman in 2009-2010, and as Chairman of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Architecture Committee for its first five years.
Ron is an internationally recognized visionary and leader in the smarter energy space, and is frequently asked to advise government initiatives, speak at conferences, or consult on projects. He was named by Greentech Media to their "Networked Grid 100: Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid," and by Fierce Energy to their "15 Most Influential People in Energy."