Meet the Director

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.

Contact Information

Office Number: EC3913
Lab Number: EC 3920
Phone (office): (305) 348-4941

Phone (Lab): 305 348 2935
Mail: Florida International University (FIU),10555 West Flagler St., EC3913
Miami, FL 33174

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