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Massoud Amin

  • Director, Technological Leadership Institute (TLI)
    Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership
    University Distinguished Teaching Professor


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2011 Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, recognized for contributions in education and leadership in the profession, June 2011

2011 Washington University Distinguished Engineering Alumni Achievement Award, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Washington University, February 2011

2010-2011 Fellow of the Academic Leadership Program (ALP), Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) comprised of 5 fellows from each of the Big 10, University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

2009 IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Technical Committee Award for Perfect Power Systems for Energy Efficiency, IEEE PES, Power System Operation Committee, November 2009

2008 University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Contributions to Post-baccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education, and was inducted into the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers “in recognition of excellence in instruction, instructional program development, intellectual distinction, advising and mentoring, and involvement of students in research, scholarship, and Professional development,” on April 28, 2008

2007 Fellow of the Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance (IIIA) "for contributions to homeland security, scholarly achievements in infrastructure protection and information assurance, effective leadership, and commitment to teaching and mentoring university students."  The grade of Fellow is awarded to only a few (2-4) highly distinguished researchers per year by the IIIA to recognize extraordinary contributions and leadership in infrastructure and/or information assurance, National Academies, Washington DC on Tuesday, May 15, 2007

2004 ASME Certificate of appreciation from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for services as a leader of ASME's Critical Asset Protection Initiative (CAPI), launched in February 2002 in the aftermath of 9/11 to help the U.S. government formulate practices and strategies to protect against future attacks, May 2004

2004 CSE Certificate of appreciation from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Minnesota, for “dedication to building a strong M.S. in Software Engineering program”, May 2004

2002 Chauncey Award, the highest annual EPRI Award in recognition for “leadership in creation and execution of the Infrastructure Security Initiative”, March 2003

2002 President’s Award for the Infrastructure Security Initiative, EPRI, Palo Alto, CA, April 2002

2002 Performance Recognition Award, “for creating and implementing the Infrastructure Security Initiative”, EPRI, Palo Alto, CA, Sept. 2002

2002 Performance Recognition Award, “for development, preparation and major focusing of the 2003 Power Delivery and Markets R&D programs”, EPRI, Palo Alto, CA, Oct. 2002

2001 Special Commendation, “for outstanding contribution in the development of the Electricity Infrastructure Security Assessment”, EPRI, Palo Alto, CA, Dec. 2001

2001 Performance Recognition Award, “for helping build the CEIDS R&D plan (Consortium for Electricity Infrastructure for a Digital Society,”, EPRI, Palo Alto, CA, 2001

2001 Performance Recognition Award, “for commitment to society in the development and advocacy of the Common Information Model (CIM), the Application Program Interface (API) standards and the application of API to Grid Operations and Planning software products”, EPRI, Palo Alto, CA, Jun. 2001

2000 Chauncey Award, the highest annual EPRI Award in recognition for “creation of a world-class analytical capability for electricity market design” by the six-member power market design team, 2001

1999 Performance Recognition Award, “for leadership in launching the EPRI/DoD Complex Interactive Networks/Systems Initiative”, Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA, July 1999

1992-93, 93-94, 94-95 Professor of the Year, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Washington University

1995-96 AGES "Big Fish" Award, given to the faculty member "who best exemplifies excellence in graduate education" by the Association of Graduate Engineering Students (AGES), Washington University

Best Session Paper Presentation Awards, American Control Conf., sessions WA9 and TA5, June 1997

Leadership Award, Washington University, May 1995

Young Professional Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (St. Louis, May 1991)

Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society (initiated in 1992)

Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society (initiated in 1981)

Eta Kappa Nu, Electrical Engineering Honor Society (initiated in 1981)
Honorary Boards and Professional Service   

•  Chairman, IEEE Smart Grid e-Newsletter (8/2010-present)
•  Board of Directors of the Texas Reliability Entity, Texas RE (6/2010-present)
•  Vice Chair, Audit and Governance Council, Board of Directors of the Texas RE (12/2010-present)
•  Chairman, Advisory Board, Instrumentation, Control & Intelligent Systems (ICIS), Idaho National Lab (2010- 2012)
•  Vice President of Public Affairs and on the Board of the Int'l Association for Management of Technology (2010- )
•  Management of Technology Accreditation Board (MOTAB, 2010- )
•  Several additional advisory committees and review boards at:  EPRI, DOE, DOD, DHS, NSF, and the White House
   Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
•  Member of the National Academy of Engineering’s Board on Infrastructure and Constructed Environment
       (BICE), 2001- 2007
•  Member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications
       (BMSA), 2006- 2009
•  Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division of
       the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for Jan. 2006-May 2010.
•  Senior Advisor,  Minnesota Homeland Security Senior Advisory Committee, General E.W. Rawlings Chapter
       in the Air Force Association, Jun. 2003-present
•  Serving on several advisory and review boards in EPRI, the US Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Defense, National
       Science Foundation, National Laboratories, National Research Council and the National Academy of
       Engineering, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Jan. 1998-present
•  Co-chaired several events including Minnesota’s Defense Industry Roundtable on April 2, 2007: Minnesota
       Senators Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and over 150 people representing more than
       100 defense and homeland security businesses and organizations attended the Defense Alliance of
       Minnesota’s morning event at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota
•  Served on IEEE Computer Society’s Task Force on Security and Privacy, Apr. 2002-Jan. 2007
•  Gave keynote addresses regarding infrastructure security and August 14, 2003 outages at several events,
       including: IEEE Twin Cities 2003 Awards Banquet,  Congressional Staff Briefing, “An Engineering Perspective
       on the Blackout of 2003”, hosted by ASME, IEEE, and the U.S. Energy Association, Congressional Briefing at
       the Inaugural Meeting of the House Research and Development Caucus, IEEE PES and International Council
       on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) joint symposium, and IEEE Southern California PES Chapter.
•  Chaired the Energy Security team of ASME Critical Assets Protection Initiative (CAPI), Feb. 2002- Sept. 2003
•  Serve on the ASME CAPI Steering Committee, Sept. 2003- Nov. 2005
•  Serve on the Board of the Center for Security Technologies (CST) at Washington University, Jan. 2003-present
•  Served as the IEEE Control Systems Society's Chair of Technical Committee on Control of Power Systems:
       Organized/Chaired Sessions at various Control Systems and Power Engineering Societies’ Conferences,
       Jan. 1999-Jan. 2003
•  Served on a six-member team on the Directorate for Engineering at the NSF to determine the future investments
       for the national Cyberinfrastructure that may be made by the Foundation.  Represented the Electrical and
       Communications Systems (ECS) at the NSF, to help Directorate for Engineering's future investments in
       Cyberinfrastructure. Participated in three workshops, co-organized a subsequent workshop focused on the
       Engineering research communities, Jun. 2003-2005.
•  Campus Club Board, University of Minnesota, Aug. 2009-present
•  China Center Board, University of Minnesota, Oct. 2006-present
•  Steering committee, Network of Interdisciplinary Initiatives, University of Minnesota, Sept. 2007-present
•  Advisory board of the Center for Integrative Leadership, University of Minnesota, Sept. 2006-present
•  Faculty advisor for Innovation By Design (7 MBA students), University of Minnesota, Sept. 2007-present
•  Academic Planning Committee in Rochester for the New Graduate programs in Biomedical Informatics and
       Computational Biology.
•  Teach short courses on Research Data Management and Social Responsibility as part of the Responsible
       Conduct of Research (RCR) training required for all PIs and Co-PIs at the University of Minnesota
•  Faculty advisor (Jan.-Apr. 1994) and chief faculty advisor (Apr. 1994-Jan. 1998) to the Tau Beta Pi, Engineering
       Honor Society, MO Gamma Chapter, School of Eng'g & Applied Science, Washington Univ.
•  Served on the Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Graduate Recruiting Advisory
       Board, Jan. 2000-Mar. 2001
•  Supervised senior and graduate students' projects and dissertations; advised undergraduates in the Dept. of
       Systems Science and Mathematics, Washington University, 1990-1998.
•  Served as the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society's liaison to the Neural Network Council, 1992-'93.
•  Served on the planning committee and refereed papers submitted to the Artificial Neural Networks in Engineering
       Conference, ANNIE 1992-1994.
•  Served as conference Co-Chairman for the Int'l Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS) Conference,
       October 1995. Served as Track Chair for Intelligent Transportation Systems for the Int'l Federation of Operational
       Research Societies (IFORS) Conference, Oct. 1995.

Editorial Board Member
•  IEEE Control Systems Magazine (Jan. 1998  -Jan. 2003)
•  IEEE Security and Privacy magazine (April 2002 - Dec. 2006)
•  IEEE Power and Energy Magazine (Jul. 2006 - present)

Serving as Associate Editor-in-Chief:
•  International Journal of Computers and Mathematics With Applications
•  International Journal of Mathematical and Computer Modeling
•  Applied Mathematics Letters
Professorships, Professional Experience, endowments, and grants
March 2003 - present  Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
                                         Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership
                                         Director, Technological Leadership Institute (TLI)
                                         University Distinguished Teaching Professor
                                         University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Also serve as:
•  Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) for the Master of Science in Management of Technology (MOT, 2003-2009),
•  Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) for the Master of Science in Security Technologies (MSST, 2008-present)
       with additional options for M.S. and PhD minors at the University of Minnesota.

Research Grants/Funding

Mar. 15, 2011- Sept. 15, 2013          Principal Investigator        Funding: $405k/30 months
      Sandia National Laboratories
      Project Title: Security Analyses of Autonomous Microgrids
          •Microgrid Grand Challenges: Development of Attack-Resistant Microgrid Architectures
          •Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation of Microgrid Failure Scenarios, and
          •Vulnerability Analysis of Microgrids and Resilient Architectures.

January 2008-present         Principal Investigator            Funding: $90-$150k/year
       Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT)
       Project Title: Mn/DOT Master Skills Development for Project Management

September 2007-present        Principal Investigator            Funding: $48-$50k/year
       National Science Foundation
       Project title: A Resilient Real-Time System for a Secure and Reconfigurable Power Grid
       •  Fast Risk assessment for large-scale power systems and Distributed sensing and control
          (Doctoral Dissertation: Laurie Miller, expected December 2009)
       •  Cyber Security for a Secure and Reconfigurable Power Grid (Doctoral Dissertation:
           Anthony Giacomoni (June 2009-present)

June 2007-present        EPRI Innovation Fellowship          Funding: $50k/year
       Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA
       Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) as a Distributed Energy Resource ($, watts, emissions)
       Doctoral Dissertation: Sara Mullen (PhD completed, September 2009)

June 2005 –December 2007     Principal Investigator             Funding: $ 78K-92K per year 
        Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN
        Project title: Sensor-based Power Grid Control

In addition, I serve as a Co-PI in the first Center of Excellence (COE) created by the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS). The Center for Risk & Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, headquartered at the USC,
in partnership with NYU, Wisconsin, NC State, U of MN, etc. The total award to USC is $12 million over three
years ($4M per year). There are 38 faculty members involved, the website is at

July 2002 - Feb. 2003     Area Manager, Infrastructure Security, Grid Operations & Planning,
                                            Power Markets, Risk & Policy Assessment     $18-20 millions per year
Nov. 2001 - July 2002     Area Manager, Infrastructure security       
                                            Lead, Mathematics & Information Sciences
Jan. 1998 - Oct.  2001    Manager, Mathematics & Information Sciences  $8-10 millions per year
                                            Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Palo Alto, CA
July 1997 - Jan. 1998      Associate Professor
June 1996 - June 1997    Assistant  Professor
June 1992 - May 1996     Visiting Assistant  Professor
Aug. 1987 - May 1992     Lecturer
                                     Dept. of Systems Science and Mathematics, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Additional grants/funding provided by:
Apr. 1994 - Jan. 1998    Associate Director                 Funding: $240k-$300k/year
       Center for Optimization and Semantic Control, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
       Primary support from US Air Force Office of Scientific Research grants (1994-1998)

Jan. 1997 - Dec. 1997    Principal Investigator             Funding: $ 48k  (12 mon.)
       Joint work with Boeing (McDonnell Douglas Corp.- Long Beach, CA) and ABS Corp.-Akron, OH
       Project title: Neural-Network Augmented Antiskid Braking System
Apr. 1995 - Jan. 1996    Principal Investigator             Funding: $ 41k (9 mon.)
       Joint work with McDonnell Douglas and NASA-Ames Research Center   
       Project title:  Intel. Flight Control Adv. Concept Prog.; On-Line Neural Network System Identification

May 1995 -  Jan. 1998    Co-Principal Investigator     Funding: $135k (3 years @ $ 45k per year)
       Joint work with Systems & Electronics Inc.           
       Project title:  Decision and Control Project

Sept. 1994 - May 1996    Co-Principal Investigator     Funding:  $ 50,000 (2 years)
       Joint work with McDonnell Douglas for an ARPA "dual-use" program        
       Project title:  Intelligent Flight Control for the Fly-By-Light Advanced Hardware System (FLASH).

May 1991 - Oct. 1994    Co-Principal Investigator     Funding: $150k (3 years @ $50k per year)
       Joint work with Electronics & Space Corp.           
       Project title:  Layered Defense Project (LDP)


My research efforts have spanned a broad spectrum of activities - helicopters, airplanes, silicon basal growth, power grids - but there is a basic, unifying thread that runs through them all. There are certain fundamental problems and underpinning dynamics that exist in any of these systems. It is these problems I have attempted to address: where to judiciously place the sensors, what to measure, how to identify and estimate the systems, developing reliable robust controllers, performance monitoring and improvement along with economic and other related impacts.


Virtually every crucial economic and social function depends on the secure, reliable operation of energy, telecommunications, transportation, financial, and other infrastructures. From a strategic R&D viewpoint, the agility and robustness/survivability of large-scale dynamic networks that face new and unanticipated operating conditions is being addressed. A major challenge is posed by the lack of a unified mathematical framework with robust tools for modeling, simulation, control and optimization of time-critical operations in complex multicomponent and multiscaled networks.


Extensions of my work include theoretical and practical aspects of reconfigurable and self-repairing controls, infrastructure security, enterprise information security, on-line risk-based decision making, system optimization, and differential game theory for aerospace, energy, and transportation applications.


Building on these foundations, my current research focuses on "global transition dynamics" to enhance resilience, security and efficiency of national critical infrastructures to enable more robust systems operation, security monitoring and efficient markets.

Selected Publications

  • Amin, Massoud. "For the Good of the Grid: Toward Increased Efficiencies and Integration of Renewable Resources for Future Electric Power Networks", IEEE Power & Energy Magazine, Vol. 6, Number 6, pp. 48-59, Nov./Dec. 2008.
  • Amin, Massoud and John Stringer. "The Electric Power Grid: Today and Tomorrow", MRS Bull., Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 399-407, April 2008.
  • Amin, Massoud and Phillip F. Schewe. "Preventing Blackouts", Scientific American, pp. 60-67, May 2007.
  • Amin, Massoud and Bruce F. Wollenberg. "Toward a Smart Grid". IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, 3.5 (Sept.-Oct. 2005): 34-38.
  • Amin, Massoud. "Energy Infrastructure Defense Systems". Special Issue of Proceedings of the IEEE, 93.5 (May 2005): 861-875.
  • Amin, Massoud. "Powering the 21st Century: We can-and must- modernize the grid". IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, (March/April 2005): 93-95.