Vera Silva

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Vera Silva
Vera Lucia Fernandes de Paiva da Silva
Alma materUniversity of Porto (BSc and MSc)
Imperial College London (PhD)
Scientific career
FieldsVariable generation
Power systems economics
Electric vehicles
Demand side management
InstitutionsGeneral Electric
Polytechnic Institute of Porto
ThesisValue of flexibility in systems with large wind penetration (2010)
Doctoral advisorGoran Strbac

Vera Silva is a Portuguese engineer and the chief strategy and technology officer (CSO/CTO) at General Electric (GE) GE Vernova Electrification Systems division. She is one of the few women to hold a chief technology officer position in one of the top three players in the electricity transmission and distribution space. She works on electricity grids technology and renewable energy integration.[1]

Early life and education

As a child Silva visited a large hydro power plant and this sparked her interest for electricity systems. Silva studied electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Porto.[2] She earned a bachelor's degree in 1999 and a master's degree in 2003 both in electrical engineering. She moved to the United Kingdom for her doctoral studies, earning a PhD in the electrical and electronics engineering in 2010.[2][3] Her PhD investigated the value of flexibility in systems that use wind power[4] and was supervised by Goran Strbac [Wikidata].

Research and career

She worked as a lecturer and data scientist at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto.[2] After completing her doctorate, Silva joined EDF R&D in France, where she directed their program on Energy Systems and Markets.[2][5] As of 2019 Silva is the chief technology officer at General Electric (GE) grid solutions, where she leads 3,400 engineers around the world. She is one of the few women to be made technology leader.[6] At General Electric, Silva works on new electricity grid technology [7] She believes the future will involve more sustainable and flexible technologies, integrating microgrids and high voltage direct current (DC) transmission lines.[7] She is pushing for utilities operators to find it easier to integrate renewables in homes.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Vera Silva publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c d "Grid solutions - Transforming electricity networks to enable the energy transition". Imperial College London. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  3. ^ "Vera Silva". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  4. ^ da Silva, Vera Lucia Fernandes de paiva (2010). Value of flexibility in systems with large wind penetration. (PhD thesis). Imperial College London. OCLC 930656826. EThOS Free access icon
  5. ^ "2011 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  6. ^ Gordon, Philip (2019-02-08). "Encouraging women to leadership roles in transmission and distribution". Smart Energy International. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  7. ^ a b "Agenda". Retrieved 2019-03-13.