Mohammad Shahidehpour, Ph.D
Bodine Distinguished Chair and Director
Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour is the Bodine Chair Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and Director of Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Initiative at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He has been a faculty member at IIT for the last 29 years where he received the IIT's Excellence in Teaching Award. At IIT, he has also served as the Associate Provost for Research, Dean of the Graduate College, Associate Dean of Engineering for Research and Graduate Studies, and Chair of the ECE Department. Under his leadership, the ECE Department was bestowed the IIT's prestigious research award for "Highest Research Grant Dollars per Faculty."
Dr. Shahidehpour is an expert in electric power system optimization and control with specific interests in the modeling of electricity markets with microgrids and sustainable energy applications. He is currently the principal investigator (PI) of over $40 million grants on smart grid and sustainable energy. His perfect power project which is funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) has converted the IIT campus to a smart microgrid with a 20% reduction in its base load consumption and 50% reduction in the peak load consumption. He is the PI for a consortium of industry and academic researchers which study the next generation of wind turbine technology. He is also the PI for a wind integration project which investigates the optimal locations for wind energy integration and its impact on the U.S. Eastern Interconnection.
He has worked with and supervised over 100 visiting faculty and doctoral and master's degree students. He is the co-author of 400 technical papers and six books on electric power system planning, operation, and control. He is also the recipient of three best paper awards for his publications in IEEE Transaction on Power Systems. In 2012, he received the IEEE/PES Outstanding Faculty Award. In 2011, he received the Association of Electrical Engineering Department Heads' Innovation Award, the IEEE PES/Chicago Chapter's Engineer of the Year Award, and the Illinois Technology Association's Technologist of the Year Award. . For his contributions to power system research and development, he was also awarded the IEEE T. Burke Hayes Faculty Recognition Award and the Sigma Xi Outstanding Senior Faculty Research Award. He also received the Edison Electric Institute's Power Engineering Educator Award and the C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Young Electrical Engineering Professor Award for his contributions to research and education. Dr. Shahidehpour is a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to optimal generation unit commitment algorithms in power systems.
Dr. Shahidehpour served on the Governing Board of the IEEE Power and Energy Society as VP of Publications and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transaction on Smart Grid. He also served as an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems for 13 years and the Guest Editor of IEEE Journals (seven times). He has been a member of the Editorial Board of 11 journals, and the organizing committee of several international conferences including the General Chair of the 2012 IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference. He served as the Chair of the IEEE Power System Operation Committee and received the Distinguished Service Award for serving on the Committee's Executive Council for eight years. He is also the recipient of six recognition awards for chairing and completing the mandated tasks of several IEEE/PES working groups. Dr. Shahidehpour is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and has delivered over 60 lectures across the globe on electricity restructuring and smart grid issues. He has been a keynote speaker in six International Conferences since 2007. He was the president of the National Electrical Engineering Honor Society (HKN), served on its executive committee for eight years, and received several awards for his contributions to the Society.
Professor Shahidehpour received his PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri in 1983. He is also the 2009 recipient of the honorary doctorate from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He is currently a Research Professor at King Abdulaziz University (Jeddah), North China Electric Power University (Beijing) and the Sharif University of Technology (Tehran). Dr. Shahidehpour was a member of the United Nations Commission on Microgrid Studies.
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