Luis Martinez is an Electrical Engineering Associate at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), where he works as a Resource Planner for the Clean Grid LA – Strategy division of the Power System.
He is responsible for production cost modeling and cost-benefit analysis to inform long-term resource planning, strategy, and initiatives for renewable energy, energy storage, electrification, and other supply/demand-side resources - with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in a safe, reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible manner.
Luis has been a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) since 2009, serving in leadership positions with the student chapters at the University of California, Santa Barbara (Los Ingenieros), and the California State University, Long Beach – the latter from which he holds an Electrical Engineering B.S. degree. Born to two immigrant parents, he is a first-generation Mexican-American raised in the South Bay region of Los Angeles, and credits the SHPE “familia” for helping him become the first person in his family to graduate from college. Luis’s passion for science and giving back to the community that nurtured him, fuels him to be a champion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), hoping to raise awareness, access, support, and development among youth in underrepresented communities.