Opening for Ph.D. Students and Postdoctoral Scholars on Cyber-Physical Resilience

The Utah Smart Energy Laboratory at University of Utah has multiple immediate opening for Ph.D. Students and Postdoctoral Research Associates on developing intelligent controllers for cyber-physical resilience of power systems. Ideal candidate would have expertise on the application of machine learning methods, control theory, and mathematical optimization in power systems operation.

Ph.D. applicants should apply online at:

Postdoctoral Research Associate Applicants should apply for the position online at

El Hariri Receives Best Paper Award

Dr. Mohamad El Hariri, Research Assistant Professor at U-Smart, received the best paper award at 2020 Resilience Week for his paper on Implementation of IEEE Standard 1547-2018 for DER Communication Interface using Data Distribution Service .

In this paper, a publish-subscribe data-centric communication scheme with automatic network discovery is selected to implement the DER local communication interface to support the interoperability requirements for information exchange specified in the IEEE standard 1547-2018. Implementation of the proposed communication scheme over a real communication network shows that the selected communication scheme enables true plug-and-play interoperability by automatically discovering joining DERs, and therefore, enhances the system’s scalability.
Read more about this award at ECE news.

Dr. Parvania named a Presidential Scholar at University of Utah

Dr. Masood Parvania is named a Presidential Scholar at the University of Utah. The award recognizes the extraordinary academic accomplishments and promise of up to four mid-career faculty, providing them with financial support to advance their teaching and research work.

Presidential scholars are selected each year, and the recipients receive $10,000 in annual funding for three years. The program is made possible by a generous donor who is interested in fostering the success of mid-career faculty.

More information about the recognition: University of Utah announcement, College of Engineering News

Dr. Khatami receives Outstanding Dissertation Award

Dr. Roohallah Khatami receives 2020 Outstanding Dissertation Award of the College of Engineering and department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah. Dr. Khatami defended his Ph.D. dissertation, titled “continuous-time optimization of power systems operation”, on August 2019, and published a total of 20 journal and conference papers during his Ph.D. studies. Congratulations Roohallah!

Jacob Collins receives 2020 John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Award

Jacob Collins, Senior Undergraduate Student at the U-Smart lab receives the 2019-2020 IEEE PES John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Scholarship Plus Initiative. The IEEE PES John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Award is distributed annually to the top PES Scholars in each of the six IEEE U.S. regions and Canada. More information about IEEE PES John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Award:

Jacob is a senior student in ECE department and the NROTC program at the University of Utah, and is working as a student engineer at Rocky Mountain Power. Jacob is currently working on his Senior project at the U-Smart lab and is expected to graduate in May 2020.



Parvania Receives 2019 Faculty Recognition Award

Dr. Parvania receives a 2019 Faculty Recognition Award from the Career & Professional Development Center at the University of Utah.

Nominated by students, the award aims to recognize faculty members who have contributed to career development or exploration of students in University of Utah.

The awardees were recognized during the awards banquet held on April 2, 2019, at the University of Utah Alumni House.

More information at

Brian Smith Received 2019 Outstanding Electrical Engineering Senior Project Award

Brian Lehi Smith, Senior undergraduate student at U-Smart received the 2019 Outstanding Electrical Engineering Senior Project Award in the ECE Department at University of Utah. The Award was given during the ECE Awards banquet on April 12, 2019.

Brian’s project developed a new model for controlling supercapacitors for high-dynamic load management in MVDC shipboard microgrids. This project was mentored by Mohammed Masum Siraj Khan, a PhD student in U-Smart Lab.

Brian was also a student of the NROTC program at the Department of Naval Science at the University of Utah, and is starting his career as a Surface Warfare Officer on the USS Thomas Hudner.


$4.4M Department of Energy Award to Develop Automated Resilience Management System (ARMS)

Utah Smart Energy Laboratory (U-Smart) has received a three-year, $4.4 million research award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance solar energy’s role in strengthening the resilience of the U.S. electricity grid. This project will develop an automated resilience management system (ARMS) to enhance the city’s power grid in case of a power outage.

The project partners include PacifiCorp, Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Idaho National Laboratory and Washington State University. Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp, which services more than one million customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, will work with the Utah Smart Energy Laboratory to test and validate the technology at multiple locations in Utah.

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