Dr. Joshua D. Rhodes

Research Scientist, Webber Energy Group, University of Texas at Austin

Joshua D. Rhodes, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at The University of Texas at Austin, a non-Resident Fellow at Columbia University, and a Founding partner of IdeaSmiths LLC. His current work is in the area of smart grid and the bulk electricity system, including spatial system-level applications and impacts of energy efficiency, resource planning, distributed generation, and storage. He is also interested in policy and the impacts that good policy can have on the efficiency of the micro and macro economy. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes and is an AXIOS Expert Voice. He also sits on the boards of Catalyst Cooperative. He holds a double bachelors in Mathematics and Economics from Stephen F. Austin State University, a masters in Computational Mathematics from Texas A&M University, a masters in Architectural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, and a good cup of coffee.

Research Topics

Residential smart grid applications, including systems-level applications of energy efficiency and distributed generation.

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  • Texas A&M University    2006-2008
    • M.Sc. Computational Mathematics
      • Mathematical Association of America, Member
      • American Mathematical Association, Member
      • TA: Calculus I & II, Linear Algebra
  • Stephen F. Austin State University    2002-2006
    • B.S. Mathematics/Economics (double major) - Magna Cum Laude
      • Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Treasurer/Member
      • University Scholars, Scholar
  • 4th place overall and 3rd place in Engineering in Solar Decathlon 2015 as Team Captain and Project Engineer of Team Texas/Germany,
  • 2014-2015 ASHRAE Grant-in-Aid Recipient,
  • 2013 Energy Innovation Challenge winner,
  • University of Texas Thrust 2000 Graduate Fellowship recipient,
  • Outstanding Scholar-Leader of the May 2010 graduating class
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