Sunil Cherian

Sunil Cherian is the Founder and CEO of Spirae. Since founding Spirae in 2002, Dr. Cherian has built the firm into a profitable company with an emphasis on strong customer relationships and a growing intellectual property portfolio with a highly skilled team of power systems and software development professionals. Spirae currently has operations in North America, Europe and India. Dr. Cherian currently serves on the Boards of the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and Colorado Cleantech Industry Association.

Prior to Spirae, Dr. Cherian founded Sixth Dimension, Inc. for providing networking technologies for the energy industry and served as its CEO from 1997 until 2002. Sixth Dimension was acquired by Comverge in 2003. Before founding Sixth Dimension, Dr. Cherian served as Acting Director for the Colorado Manufacturing Extension Center and as Product Realization specialist for the Mid America Manufacturing Extension Center, both at Colorado State University.


Dr. Cherian has extensive experience in distributed energy applications including distributed control systems, renewable energy integration, and distributed energy resources management for network operations, power management, and energy services delivery. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has over 35 technical presentations and multiple publications in books, journals, conferences, symposia, and tradeshows. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from CSU in 1991 and 1995 respectively.