Opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar on Cyber-Physical Resilience

The Utah Smart Energy Laboratory at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate on cyber-physical resilience of power systems. The ideal candidate would be competent on many of the following: cyber security of power systems, control theory, mathematical optimization, machine learning methods, real-time digital simulation of power systems, participating/leading multi-institution research projects.

Applicants should apply for the position online at

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

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.

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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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U-Smart Team Participates in DOE CyberForce Competition

A team of four U-Smart students participated in the U.S. DOE CyberForce Competition, and stood in the second place at the regional competition held on Dec. 1, 2018, at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The U-Smart team included Jonathon Brugman, AmarachiUmunnakwe, MohammedKhan, and Philip Smith.

The competition aimed to increase cybersecurity awareness around energy-critical infrastructure and enable participators tackle real-world cybersecurity challenges. The teams defended simulated oil transportation network, power delivery system and high performance computing system.

Other participating teams in the regional competition included Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University–Idaho, Idaho State University, LDS Business College.

Visit the DOE’s CyberForce Competition website for more information on the event.




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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Opening for Postdoctoral Scholars and PhD Students

The U-Smart lab is currently looking for talented and self-motivated Postdoctoral Scholars and PhD students who are passionate to pursue their PhD degree towards shaping the future sustainable and resilient power and energy systems. The Postdoctoral Scholars and PhD students will work on funded projects and receive competitive salary and benefits.

We are specifically looking for candidates with one or more majors in electrical engineering, industrial engineering, operations research, computer science and economics. The prospective students should have strong knowledge base in mathematical optimization techniques and economics, preferably in the context of power and energy systems.

If you feel confident about your qualifications, please send your CV and a representative paper to Dr. Parvania. Candidates for PhD studies should also review and satisfy the admission requirements of the ECE department for graduate studies.