Ali Mehrizi-Sani, PhD

Associate Professor

Resilient Renewable Energy Grid Adaptation Labortoary (REGAL)

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Virginia Tech

August 2021: I have several funded PhD (and MSc) positions available. Please read the note "Prospective Students" below.

Contact Information

  • 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
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

  • Tel: +1 (540) 231-4492

  • Email: mehrizi@vt.edu


Website (VT) :: Website (Personal) :: Google Scholar :: Instagram :: Calendar


Research

  • 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.



Courses

  • Undergraduate

    • Microgrids (VT)

    • Power Electronics (WSU)

    • Renewable Energy Resources (WSU)

    • 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)

  • Graduate

    • HVDC, FACTS, and Renewables (VT)

    • Power System Applications of Power Electronics (WSU)

    • FACTS Devices (TU Graz, Austria)



Employment



Education



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






Current/Past Students

  • Doctoral Students

    • 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”;

  • Master's Students

    • Sengal Ghidewon-Abay; 2021--Present

    • 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”;





Prospective Students

Remember to send your email to my VT email address!



At almost any given time, I have several funded PhD positions in my lab. If you would like to send me an email, please read below and include the words "REGAL is the new LIPE" with the exact same spelling in your email to demonstrate that you have read my website.


However, please do not ask me to review your credentials to see if you can be part of my group before having applied to VT. I understand the VT charges an application fee but you will need to prioritize your schools and plan accordingly. My standard disclaimer is that I can never guarantee admission, I do not know the full pool of applicants before our application deadline, and the decision to apply remains yours. I do encourage you to send me an email <b>after</b> you have applied to VT and have all your scores (GRE and TOEFL) ready.


Faculty members get a huge number of emails. At the same time, they always look for good students. It easily gets very time-consuming to filter through the emails to select the better students.


One sign of a good, motivated, committed student is to pay attention to details and follow instructions.


Below are the "instructions" for your initial email AFTER YOU APPLY TO VT and MENTION MY NAME IN YOUR APPLICATION. Following these instructions is very easy, but it saves both of us the time otherwise wasted in back and forth asking for more information. I will also know that your email is not simply a mass email sent to all professors and that you have a genuine interest in joining my research group. Please strictly follow the format below for your email. You can certainly add other narrative information to your email (and I encourage you to do so). Remember your narrative information won't be a substitute for the bullet-form information asked below.

  • Subject: Please use "Admission to VT (PhD)" or "Admission to VT (MSc)."

  • Body: In the body of the email, in bullet form include the following information, each bullet on a new line:

    • Name

    • Degree you seek admission for

    • Research interest

    • Current degree, university, country, GPA (do not convert GPA)

    • Previous degree (if any), university, country, GPA

    • TOEFL or IELTS score

    • GRE score

    • Number of (i) submitted, (ii) accepted IEEE/IET journal papers

    • Number of (i) submitted, (ii) accepted conference papers

    • Already applied to VT? (you need to apply first; I don't provide a "pre-evaluation" whether you should apply)

    • Need financial support?

    • Files attached?

  • Attachments: Please attach your CV and ALL transcripts. Send only PDF files; no JPG, no ZIP, definitely no RAR ever, no Word, and not even LaTeX files. There are lots of free PDF converters. Please make sure all file names include your name.



Since admission is competitive, I can't tell you (and I can't know) what your chances are for acceptance in our program before the files of all applicants are received and considered. A similar statement goes for funding in the form of a research assistantship. However,
all my past and present PhD students have received full funding from me.