HDR’s Garcia Named Grid Modernization Practice Leader

Fernando Garcia

Fernando Garcia has been named grid modernization practice leader for HDR, based in the firm’s Irvine, California office.

In his new position, Garcia will partner with power clients implementing emerging technologies that are helping shape the electric grid of the future. He will continue to support clients with innovative and progressive solutions for distributed energy resources, electrification of the transportation sector, distributed automation, data management, augmented reality, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.

Garcia joined HDR in 2012, serving as substation section manager until 2015 when he became HDR’s substation managing principal. Since 2017 he has been serving as program manager working closely with clients in California and the West Coast.

Garcia holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Western Michigan University and master of engineering degrees in electrical engineering and engineering management, both from Kansas State University. A registered electrical engineer in four states, Garcia has devoted the entirety of his 17-year career to serving the power industry.

“Successfully supporting clients as they transform their business requires two things Fernando is passionate about: technology advancements and connecting with people,” said Bill Barnhart, HDR’s power sector director. “In the past six years at HDR, he’s gotten to know the minds behind the firm’s wide-ranging expertise and has worked closely across multiple disciplines. By bringing connections together, Fernando sees an opportunity to advance the electric grid with clients, providing resilient, flexible and efficient solutions that strengthen their market position.”

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.