Opening for Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Utah Smart Energy Laboratory at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Utah has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The candidates should have a strong background in mathematical optimization, machine learning, and power systems operation.

Strong candidates with proven record of participating/leading successful research projects may be considered for a Research Assistant Professor appointment. The position comes with a benefit package and salary commensurate with experience.

Applicants should apply for the position online at

Applications will be reviewed immediately, and the posting is open until the position is filled.

U-Smart Receives $2 million Grant to Enhance the Cyber-Physical Resiliency of Power Grid

The U-Smart lab is awarded a three-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research beginning July 1 to develop the next generation of microgrid controllers with built-in cyber-security solutions.

As part of this project, U-Smart will build and host a testbed to test and validate the microgrid controllers. U-Smart will also partner with the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Idaho National Lab and the U’s Office of Technology and Venture Commercialization to commercialize the technologies developed through the project.

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Parvania Receives 2017 IEEE Utah Section Outstanding Educator Award

Dr. Parvania receives the 2017 IEEE Utah Section Outstanding Educator Award. The award was given during the Awards banquet held on May 19, 2018.

The Outstanding Educator Award is given annually to a IEEE member who have inspired an appreciation and understanding of Mathematics, Science and Technology and the engineering process in students, and who have encouraged students to pursue technical careers.

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Parvania Receives 2018 Engineering Educator of the Year Award from Utah Engineers Council

Dr. Masood Parvania, Director of the Utah Smart Energy Lab, received the 2018 Engineering Educator of the Year award from the Utah Engineers Council during a banquet Feb. 24 at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

“I am honored to bring this award for the U engineering community and feel blessed that our dedication and hard work at the Utah Smart Energy Lab is recognized by this award,” he said. “I would like to thank all my students for their excellent work in the many research projects we are leading in at U-Smart.”

The Utah Engineers Council is an organization of engineering societies in the state that provide a place where they can work together to promote engineering in the state. The Engineering Educator of the Year award goes to one person in Utah who has been outstanding in furthering engineering education. Member societies that make up the council nominate those eligible for the award.

Read the full story at the College of Engineering and ECE department websites.

U-Smart Students received the ECE Best Senior Project Award

U-Smart senior students, Brian Barkey, Camille Saint Louis, Krysta Rasmussen, and Frank Tsai, received the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Best Senior Project Award. Congratulations the team!

The team presented their project on “Analyzing and Mitigating Electromagnetic Interference Between Power Lines and Commercial Irrigation Systems” during the ECE technical open house held on April 20, 2017, and received the Best Senior project Award at the Banquet ceremony.

The senior project was sponsored by Rocky Mountain Power under the ECE clinics program.


Konstantinos Receives Scholarship from Utah Governor’s Office

Konstantinos Oikonomou, a second-year PhD student at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) receives a prestigious scholarship from the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED) and Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) through the Energy Research Triangle (ERT) Scholars competitive grant program.

Konstantinos is pursuing his PhD degree at the ECE’s Utah Smart Energy Lab (U-Smart) under the supervision of Prof. Parvania. Konstantinos is interested in developing solutions for ensuring efficient and sustainable supply of electricity and water demand in urban areas that is becoming a challenge as urban population continues to grow with rapid pace. His research develops control methods to co-optimize the operation of urban power and water distribution systems in emerging smart cities, saving considerable amounts of precious energy and water resources.

“ERT continues to support Governor Gary R. Herbert’s vision for accelerating Utah-based solutions to power our energy future,” said Laura Nelson Ph.D., the Governor’s energy advisor and executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development. The ERT-Scholars grant encourages training of Utah’s next generation of energy researchers. “ERT-Scholars creates a pipeline of talent for Utah’s energy industry by awarding highly-motivated young scientists who are passionate about making real changes in the way Utah thinks about energy,” says Ivy Estabrooke PhD, executive director of USTAR.

Source: USTAR