Ali Mehrizi-Sani, PhD
Resilient Renewable Energy Grid Adaptation Laboratory (REGAL)
The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Ali Mehrizi-Sani, PhD
Director, Resilient Renewable Energy Grid Adaptation Laboratory (REGAL)
Associate Professor, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
429 Whittemore Hall
1185 Perry Street
Power and Energy Center
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Tel: +1 (540) 231-4492
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REGAL Guides for Current Students (and the Curious)
REGAL Guide on Technical Writing: PDF (last updated February 2023)
REGAL Ground Rules: PDF (last updated February 2023)
Prospective Students and Postdocs
At almost any given time, I have several funded PhD positions in my lab. If you would like to join my lab, after applying to VT, please fill out the form at https://forms.gle/S4zNE5mhJyvLK6sj8.
See the ECE admission requirements at https://ece.vt.edu/grad/manual/page3.html.
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Grid/microgrid integration of inverter-based renewables, especially in low-inertia systems, as grid-forming inverters;
High-performance controls, including machine learning for black-boxed systems;
Cybersecurity of communication-based control and protection methods using 5G and beyond.
ECE 3004 AC Circuits (VT)
ECE 4324 Microgrids (VT)
EE 486 Power Electronics (WSU)
EE 492 Renewable Energy Resources (WSU)
EE 361 Electric Power Systems (WSU)
Electric Machines (ESIGELEC, France)
Electric Power Networks (ESIGELEC, France)
Electric Machines and Drives (TU Graz, Austria)
Intro to Electric Drives (TU Graz, Austria)
HVDC, FACTS, and Renewables (VT)
Power System Applications of Power Electronics (WSU)
FACTS Devices (TU Graz, Austria)
Associate Professor, The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (Aug. 2019 to Present).
Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (Aug. 2018 to Aug. 2019).
Assistant Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (Jan. 2012 to Aug. 2018).
Visiting Professor, Electric Drives and Machines Institute, Technische Universitït Graz (TU Graz), Graz, Austria (Nov. 2014, Jan. 2016, Nov.-Dec. 2016, and May 2018).
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON (2011).
M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB (2007).
Best Thesis Award • Work incorporated in PSCAD X4
B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran (2005).
B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering, Sharif University of Technology and Petroleum University of Technology, Tehran, Iran (2005).
Awards (Select Merit-Based)
2018: IEEE PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award
2018: ASEE PNW Outstanding Teaching Award
2017: IEEE Mac E. Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award
2017: WSU EECS Early Career Excellence in Research Award
2016: WSU VCEA Reid Miller Excellence in Teaching Award
2016: WSU EECS Teaching Excellence Award
2015: IEEE PES PSDP Technical Committee Working Group Recognition Award
2014: NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Participant
2011: NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
Abdullah Hanani; 2022--Present
Milad Beikbabaei; 2022--Present
Naser Souri; 2022--Present
Hossein Amini; 2022--Present
Halah Shehada; 2022--Present
Ehsan Fouladi; 2021--Present
Fatemeh Sharifi; 2021--Present
Ashwin Venkataramanan; 2021--Present
Ardavan Mohammadhassani; 2019--Present
Mohammad Mousavi (WSU); 2016--2020
Thesis title: “Design and implementation of high-efficiency power converters”
Parisa Shabestari ( WSU); 2016--2020
Thesis title: “Control of Uncertain Grid-Connected Inverters for Renewable Energy Applications”;
Armin Teymouri (WSU); 2016--2020
Thesis title: "Power electronics converters for renewable applications under sensor malfunctions and cyber threats”
Hooman Ghaffarzadeh (WSU); 2014--2019
Thesis title: “Advanced control strategies for renewable energy systems.”
Saleh Ziaeinejad (WSU); 2016--2018
Thesis title: “Control of voltage-sourced converters considering internal constraints.”
Younes Sangsefidi (WSU); 2016--2018
Thesis title: “Step-up modular multilevel converters for energy harvesting from low-voltage energy resources”;
Mehrdad Yazdanian (WSU); 2012--2016
Thesis title: “Advanced control strategies for inverter-based microgrids”;
Sengal Ghidewon-Abay; 2021--2022
Thesis title: "Control of grid-connected converters using deep learning";
Rahul Iyer; 2019--2021
Thesis title: "5G schedulers for distributed control in microgrids";
Faris Alatar; 2020--2021
Thesis title: "Frequency scan–based mitigation approach of subsynchronous control interaction in type-3 wind turbines";
Sidhaarth Venkatachari; 2019--2021
Thesis title: “Application of neural networks to inverter-based resources”;
Asal Zabetian (WSU); 2016--2018
Thesis title: “Model predictive control of DC microgrid”;
Rabia Khan (WSU); 2015--2017
Thesis title: “Fault current limitation using a saturable reactor”;
Saleh Ziaeinejad (WSU); 2013--2015
Thesis title: “Multilevel voltage-sourced converters for grid applications”;
Younes Sangsefidi (WSU); 2013--2015
Thesis title: “Predictive control of grid-connected voltage-sourced converters”;
Chris Stone (WSU); 2012--2014
Thesis title: “Design and real-time validation of set point modulation-based control strategies for power system applications”;
Dr. Kambiz Tehrani (ESIGELEC, France)