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ARIF I. SARWAT
Associate Professor
EC 3913
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Florida International University
Email: asarwat[at]fiu[dot]edu

Dr. Arif I Sarwat received his M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida.  He has worked in the industry (Siemens) for nine years, executing many multi-million dollar projects. Before joining the FIU as Assistant Professor, he was a Research Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (SUNY) and the Deputy Director of the Power Center for Utility Explorations. He is the co-developer of the DOE $12M funded Gateway to Power (G2P) Project along with FPL/NextEra company. His significant work in energy storage, microgrid and DSM is demonstrated by Sustainable Electric Energy Delivery Systems in Florida. He is also the Director of a $7.65M research initiative with FPL/NextEra Energy entitled “Energy Power Reliability And Analytic Center (EPRAC)”, which conducts high-end studies on the effect of high penetration PV integration into the Smart Grid’s reliability, power quality and other aspects.

Smart Grid, PHEV & EV Systems, High Penetration Renewable Systems, Power System Reliability, Large Scale Distributed Generation Integration, Central Command & Diagnostic Center, Large Scale Data Analysis, Electric Power Engineering, Industry Efficiencies, Interoperability, Advance Metering Infrastructure, Infrastructure Cyber Security, SFCL, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power Systems, Distributed Power Systems, Micro-grids, Storage, Exploring Links between Weather, Reliability, Economics and Markets, Machine Drives, Demand Response and Demand Side Management, Predictive Self Healing Networks and Strategic Load Pockets are some of his areas of research interest.


Prospective PhD Candidates: The Energy, Power & Sustainability (EPS) group is interested in hiring creative and innovative graduate students for Fall 2016 with focus on conducting high-end research in one or more of the following areas: (1) Research in renewable resource integration into the smart grid; (2) Data mining and analysis involving predictive modeling, including but not limited to knowledge (at least preliminary) of languages and tools such as R, Hadoop, Weka; and (3) Intuitive visualization model development using Java, Python, PHP and/or C++ and .NET based programming (additional knowledge in web programming of and beyond HTML, JQuery, JSP, JavaScript and XML is an advantage). Applicants must have a strong background in computer programming and analytical reasoning, and grit towards pursuing cutting-edge research culminating in effective engineering solutions and solid technical publications. Prospective candidates should send their CV to the Director, Dr. Arif Sarwat, at asarwat[at]fiu[dot]edu, by including their key research interests and academic credentials. Please check the Department of ECE’s requirements and list Dr. Sarwat as the potential advisor in their admission application.


Research Scholars

ArashA
ARASH ANZALCHI
Arash Anzalchi received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the K.N. Toosi University of Technology and Science and Research Branch, I.A.U Tehran, Iran in 2007 and 2011 respectively. He is currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant pursuing his Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Arif Sarwat at Florida International University. His research interests include Photovoltaic integration into the Smart Grid at the distribution levels, studying power quality issues in the Smart Grid and conducting valuable research on different power electronic technologies for the renewable energy sources.

Email:  aanza005[at]fiu[dot]edu   Links: Google Scholar |


 HANEEN ABURUB

Dr. Haneen Aburub received the B.Sc. degree in mechatronics engineering from Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan, in 2012, the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA, in 2013, and the PhD. Degree in electrical engineering from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA, in 2016. She is currently working as a Postdoctoral research associate at Florida International University in developing solutions that keeps the future smart grid to be resilient, reliable, and stable under the high penetration of renewable resources.
During her Ph.D. studies, she was working on a research project funded by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that focuses on developing sub- and full- optimized algorithms for operating adjustable speed pumped hydro storage in the current and future day-ahead and real-time US energy markets. In the summer of 2014, she gained a great deal of industry experience in the market optimization area while working on a day-ahead ISO-NE market project with the Market Management Systems (MMS) team at Alstom Grid. In 2013, she was a part of a Power Systems Engineering Center (PSERC) funded project, in which she assessed the use of the California ISO (CAISO) wholesale grid state indicator to enable price-responsive demand. This assessment was based on system and economic analyses for using the indicator to manage the operation of various smart grid technologies and applications. In 2012, she built with her team a self balanced two-wheeled human transportation system similar to the well- known Segway. She improved her control systems background during her internship period at the maintenance section of airplanes at RJAA.
Her current research interests are power systems economics and markets, energy storage optimization, renewable energy Integration, demand response, and smart grid development.
Email:  haburub[at]fiu[dot]edu

 

PhD Students


 

Imtiaz
IMTIAZ PARVEZ
Imtiaz Parvez started pursuing his PhD in Electrical Engineering in Fall 2013. He has earned his B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE)  from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (2008), and M.Sc.  from University of North Texas (2013). He served as Specialist engineer  in Robi Axiata Ltd. for 3 years. He also worked for T mobile (through 3S network Inc.) in Summer 2013. 

 
His research areas include LTE, WiFi, 5G, Cyber Physical Systems security and Artificial Intelligence with application to Smart grid and IoT. The objective of his research is to develop novel communication protocols, and develop their applications in smart grid and other sectors. His current projects are focusing on LAA , WiFi, and Smart Grid Communication and Security.

Email:  iparv001[at]fiu[dot]edu   Link: Google Scholar



AdityaADITYA SUNDARARAJAN Aditya Sundararajan is a Graduate Research Assistant pursuing his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Department of ECE. He is involved in working on the visualization of threats, vulnerabilities and attacks of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS). He is also looking at analyzing, modeling and visualizing high-dimensional heterogeneous power & weather systems data under high penetration Photovoltaic (PV) scenarios of smart grid at distribution level, in a real-time manner, to provide dynamic decision-making support at sub-second speeds. He is simultaneously trying to look at the use of assistive technologies and programmable Kelvin LEDs at K1-K12 schools to improve the learning conditions of students. He is also conducting preliminary research on biometric threats and vulnerabilities, and associated cyber-security challenges. His Bachelors was in Computer Science and Engineering. His areas of interest include big data analysis, smart grid CPS, security concerns of biometric and wearable devices, computer programming, creative writing and web designing.

Email:  asund005[at]fiu[dot]edu   Links: Google Scholar  | Website


Longfei
LONGFEI WEI
Longfei Wei received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin, China. He is currently working towards his PhD degree in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University under the supervision of Dr. Arif Sarwat. His current research includes numerical optimization, game theory and cyber-physical security in Smart Grid.

Email:  lwei004[at]fiu[dot]edu   Link: Google Scholar


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YEMESERACH MEKONNEN
Yemeserach Mekonnen is currently pursuing her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She joined the Electrical Engineering program as the NSF funded Bridge to Doctorate Fellow in Spring 2014. Before joining the EE program, Yemeserach  worked for oilfield service giant Schlumberger as a junior field specialist in the gas lift segment. She was involved in gas lift application and production optimization for newly drilled and old wells. Yemeserach received her Bachelors in Civil Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA. Her research interest is in renewable energy where she is currently looking into novel structure designs with photo voltaic cells to maximize surface area for higher efficiency.

Email:  ymeko001[at]fiu[dot]edu


Masood
MASOOD MOGHADDAMI
Masood Moghaddami received his B.S. degree from the Amirkabir University of Technology(Tehran Polytechnic), Iran, in 2008, and his M.S. degree from the Iran University of Science and Technology, both in Electrical Engineering. From 2010 to 2014, he worked in the industry and developed several software packages for the design of electric machinery-based Finite Element Methods (FEM). He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University, USA. His research interests include numerical analysis of electrical machinery, power electronics, renewable energy systems and contact-less power transfer.

Email:  mmogh003[at]fiu[dot]edu



MOHAMMADSALEH JAFARITALARPOSHTI
Mohammadsaleh Jafaritalarposhti received his B.S. degree from Shahrood University of Technology, Iran, in 2010, and his M.S. degree from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), both in Electrical Engineering. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University, USA. His research interests contain power system protection, renewable energy, Networked Cyber-Physical Systems.

Email:  mjafa006[at]fiu[dot]edu



TEMITAYO OLOWU
Temitayo Olowu had his OND (2001), HND (2005), from the Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti and his BS (2010) and MS (2014) from University of Benin, Nigeria all in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems and Machines). He was a trainee on O&G operations and exploration at Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) summer school in 2009. He has worked at different times since 2000 in the Manufacturing Industry, Communication Industry, Academics and the Renewable Energy Industry. He was part of the team that designed and executed several government and individual solar powered projects in Nigeria.

He joined the EPS lab as a research assistant in fall 2017 for his PhD under Dr. Arif Sarwat. His research interest include High PV Penetration and aggregation, Smart Grid, Power Electronics, Electrical Machines and Drives.

Email:  tolow003[at]fiu[dot]edu



SHAHINUR RAHMAN
Shahinur Rahman is a Graduate Research Assistant, pursuing her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Department of ECE in Florida International University under the supervision of Dr. Arif Sarwat. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in 2014 and 2017 respectively. Her research area includes Power quality and Protection issues of Photovoltaic integration into the Smart Grid at distribution level.

Email:  srahm026[at]fiu[dot]edu


Master’s Students



TANWIR KHAN
Tanwir Khan received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from KIIT  University, Bhubaneswar, India. He is currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant, pursuing his M.S degree in Department of Computer Science, Florida International University under the supervision of Dr. Arif Sarwat. His current research includes reliability analysis of Advanced Metering infrastructure meters(Temperature/Humidity), and life expectancy and accelerated aging of Smart Grid products and components. He also has IT industry experience of 4 years and has worked in Big data and Automation testing related projects.

Email:  tkhan016[at]fiu[dot]edu


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