Daniel Shen received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to starting a PhD in EECS at MIT, Daniel worked as a research intern at the National Renewable Energy Lab, where he developed thermal models of commercial buildings to improve technoeconomic optimization of thermostatically controlled loads. Previously, he also worked on load flexibility in commercial refrigeration systems as a product engineer at Axiom Cloud. Daniel’s research interests include grid flexibility, distributed energy resources, and consumer participation in demand side response. Outside of work, he likes to watercolor paint, press wildflowers, and improve his mediocre guitar skills.