Dr. Mehdi Ferdowsi received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, the USA in 2004. In August 2004, he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR), where he is currently an assistant professor. He has more than 25 publications in the areas of multi-input converters, multilevel converters, battery charge equalization techniques, hybrid vehicles, and digital control. His current research is focused on the integration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with the electric power grid, while they both share the same energy storage system, under a current NSF CAREER grant titled "Vehicle Fleet as a Distributed Energy Storage System for the Power Grid". Dr. Ferdowsi has received UMR Outstanding Teaching Award in the 2005-2006 academic year. Dr. Ferdowsi is a member of IEEE and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.
Bruce McMillin, Mariesa Crow, Mehdi Ferdowsi, and Jonathan Kimball
Our vision for the ERC for Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems is an efficient electric power grid integrating highly distributed and scalable alternative generating sources and storage with existing power systems to facilitate a green energy based society, mitigate the growing energy crisis, and reduce the impact of carbon emissions on the environment. We believe the key to solving the energy crisis is not necessarily the renewable energy itself, but the infrastructure needed to deliver and manage large scale distributed renewable energy resources (DRER).
Mehdi Ferdowsi, Pourya Shamsi, Donal Wunsch, Maciej Zawodniok, and Ruwen Qin
US Department of Education
The main objective of this program is to increase the number of PhD scholars to assume educational and leadership roles in the area of smart grid technology which is a grand challenge for the future power grid. The development of smart grid, a multifaceted concept, depends on a highly trained workforce which keeps the U.S. globally competitive. This interdisciplinary program involves faculty from electrical engineering with a focus on the electrical aspects of smart grids as well as faculty from engineering management with a focus on management and market aspects of the smart grids.