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Anthony James is a data scientist/senior engineer, and distribution grid analytics lab lead working in the areas of applied research and emerging technologies at Southern California Edison. Anthony is a lead, advisor and contributor on several internal and external collaborations with product companies and US Department of Energy national labs and universities. Anthony works with teams to develop proof-of-concepts, identify technologies and demonstration projects focused on advanced analytics and distributed energy resources with applications in electric power systems. Prior to his current role, Anthony worked in the distribution controls and distribution analytics departments in renewable integration, where he led, contributed to and supported projects focused on enabling 50% renewable penetration, and enabling new analytics capabilities for the grid analytics lab to help SCE focus on capturing additional value from emerging grid technologies such as data science and big data.
Prior to joining SCE in 2016, Anthony has held consulting, adjunct lecturer, technical lead and project engineering roles in the areas of data science, analytics and both hi-tech product and large-scale asset development, with experience in distributed energy resources starting in 2008.
Anthony started his career of over 20 years’ experience in hi-tech (digital signal processing), and industrial automation as a project engineer for 7+ years and moved into lead project engineer and consulting roles in the design/build, construction and modernization of large asset and infrastructure projects. Anthony has worked on over 60 complex and transformative projects with successes in innovation, technology commercialization, modernization and digital transformation projects with several companies. During this time, he has been has been actively involved as a mentor and contributor in open data science and design communities, and has taught decision support systems covering topics of data analytics and data science, and hardware and software systems architecture at California State University, Los Angeles. His background also includes working at two successful start-ups.