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Research Experience

  • 2002 - Present

                       Sharif University of Technology, Research has been conducted and going on over the last twenty five years to solving many challenges of the power system operation and control nationally and internationally. My contributions to power system reliability evaluation include the extensively documented analyses of the “well-being framework” of power systems and have been at the forefront of research which are being extended by industry engineers for practical implementations. Providing sufficient and risk-informed information to power system operators to manage the system reliability, my contribution has been an important innovation and was extremely well received by the power system reliability research community and created considerable interest in electric power industry. Over the years, my distinctive contributions to the power system reliability evaluation have been extended to the cost/worth analysis of Wide Area Measurement System (WAMS) design and Phasor Measurement Unit placement for enhancing the power system reliability, which are also followed by other researchers across the globe.

My innovative work on situational awareness and controllability of power systems would smartly surpass a critical condition when a failure in monitoring and control functions could spread the consequences throughout the power grid.  Asset management and the implementation of reliability centered maintenance (RCM) on power distribution system is another major contribution developed. I have been leading RCM efforts both in its preliminary stages and its implementation in several power distribution companies in a number of Provinces in Iran, where it saw huge success, saving the power distribution systems significant costs.

My research team has been and are collaborating with the electric power industry personnel in Iran to implement the proposed methodologies in the nation-wide bulk power grid. In the context of smart distribution systems, a reliability evaluation approach has been developed for predicting the reliability performance of the electric power distribution systems when employing smart grid technologies. The research concern in these works was to address new challenges and opportunities faced by power distribution companies (DISCOs) that affect the optimal planning and operation decisions.  In this regard, new methods were proposed for distribution system planning (DSP) considering the smart grid and distribution automation (DA) technologies, methods for planning of DA and models for integrated DA and capacity expansion planning.  By increasing the penetration of distributed energy resources (DERs) in power distribution networks, these resources and their associated uncertainties have been modeled in the distribution network expansion planning problem. We also extended the proposed models, algorithms and frameworks on the reliability evaluation of the power grid to its response against extreme events. Our research on this front has been focused to improve the resilience of electric power systems to devastating threats through advanced and computationally-efficient algorithms, decision making support tools, and innovative models that are capable of handling the emerging concerns and challenges associated with the smart power grids. In particular, I advocate for an enhanced fusion of data via high-performance computing for power system’s online situational awareness, and faster-than-real-time monitoring and control decisions specifically tailored to realizing a heightened resilience to evolving environmental stressors and cyber-physical threats. This ground-breaking research has offered and will provide the electric industry with innovative toolsets that enable computationally-efficient, fast, and accurate decisions for resilience and recovery efficiency of the smart grids that could potentially lead to sizeable monetary savings and an enriched overall social welfare. More critically, successful development and execution of these research outcomes and technological solutions could help reduce undesirable social, psychological, and physical outcomes associated with prolonged power outages, e.g., premature death, injury, social unrest, etc.

                       As a consequence of power system restructuring, performance-based regulations (PBR) have been widely adopted in the power

                       distribution sector. My reliability research team has performed research and industrial projects on reliability incentive schemes

                       in two distinctive paths, namely regulatory design and implementation of the schemes as well as reliability-constrained

                       economic evaluations for  power distribution companies. Several of these efforts has led to pilot implementation of his proposed

                       frameworks, witnessing significant annual cost saving.

  • 1998-2001

                                Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Electrical Engineering, University ofSaskatchewan, Canada. The focus of the research conducted in
              my postdoctoral period was to combine power system security considerations with an overall framework for power system reliability
              assessment. The framework was developed and is designated as the system well-being approach which embeds the existing

                                      deterministic criteria within a probabilistic framework. A focus of the research was to apply the well-being framework to the new competitive

                                      utility environment.

                                      Research has also been done to examine the impact of power electronic technology, Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) devices

                                      such as Unified Power Flow Controller (UPFC) and Thyristor Controlled Series Capacitors (TCSC), Static Synchronous Series Capacitor

                                      (SSSC) on transmission and sub-transmission system reliability.  In this context, a reliability model of a device has been developed and

                                      incorporated in the transmission system.  I have also completed the first phase of a research project related to reliability evaluation

                                      of protection systems where studies have been conducted to illustrate the expected reliability benefits by inclusion of monitoring and

                                      self-checking facilities within the relay. A project related to the calculation of customer interruption cost in Manitoba has also been completed.

  • 1991-1997

                      Graduate Student, (M.Sc. & Ph.D.), Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Conducted

                      research on probabilistic techniques for unit commitment and operating reserve assessment of generating systems and composite

                      generation and transmission systems and the application of probabilistic methods to power system analysis.

  • 1986-1991

                       Senior Engineer, worked with Iran's Ministry of Energy in planning training courses for power transmission and distribution


  • 1986-1989

                      Graduate Student, (M.Sc.), Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran. Conducted research on the

                      application of Power Electronics for speed control of induction motors

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