Sunil Cherian

Sunil Cherian

Founder and CEO of Spirae, LLC

Dr. Sunil Cherian is the founder and CEO of Spirae, LLC, based in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Spirae is an innovative technology company with a product portfolio for managing networks with renewables, distributed energy resources, microgrids and energy services. Spirae serves the needs of electric utilities, hybrid-energy and microgrid project developers and smart cities, and has operations in North America and India.

Since founding Spirae in 2002, Dr. Cherian has built the company into an organization with deep and diverse expertise, a growing intellectual property portfolio, strong customer relationships, and market-leading projects in microgrids, advanced distribution management and smart cities. Prior to Spirae, Dr. Cherian founded Sixth Dimension and served as its CEO from 1997 until 2002 before its acquisition by Comverge, a demand-response and smart grid company.

Dr. Cherian is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and workshops and has been actively involved in Department of Energy and industry initiatives promoting innovative solutions and business models for the modernization of the electric power system. He currently serves on the Boards of the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and Colorado Cleantech Industry Association. Dr. Cherian earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University specializing in intelligent control systems for robotics and automation. He can be reached at