Massoud Amin

Professor Massoud Amin standing outside a building

Massoud Amin

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Kenneth H. Keller Hall
Room 4-178
200 Union Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


D.Sc., 1990, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, United States
M.S., 1986, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, United States
M.S., ECE, 1985, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, United States
B.S., EE, 1982, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, United States

Professional Background

Power and infrastructure, security, management of technology, system identification, controls

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • Fellow of IEEE, and Fellow of ASME


Check Professor Massoud Amin's website for information on his research interests, service, and publications

Research Interests

Amin Research Group Site

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 multi-scaled 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.

Honors and Awards

2019 IEEE Power & Energy Award in recognition of service as Chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid (1/2014-8/2018)
2016 IEEE Fellow, For leadership in smart grids and security of critical infrastructures (The IEEE Fellow Award is a special recognition for members with extraordinary accomplishments in the IEEE technical fields. To ensure that the recognition is extraordinary, the total number of recipients each year cannot exceed 0.1% of the total higher grade membership.)
2011 ASME Fellow, For contributions in education and leadership in the profession
2008 Graduate and Professional Teaching Award and Member Academy of Distinguished Teachers (University of Minnesota)

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.

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