By Erik Gomez, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Ali Mehrizi-Sani, assistant professor in WSU’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received the Power and Energy Society  Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


The award recognizes outstanding contributions in the leadership of technical activities. Mehrizi-Sani was recognized for his contributions in control and management of renewable energy resources.

Mehrizi-Sani conducts research in renewable energy resources in the power system, microgrid management, and power system applications of power electronics. He has received several National Science Foundation awards, including one for the design of system-agnostic controllers for renewable resources within a microgrid, which are interfaced through power electronics converters, and another one for the development of a software learning tool for his power electronics course. He is also an editor for several journals, including Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, and Wiley International Transactions on Electrical Energy Systems.

Last year, he was the recipient of IEEE’s Mac E. Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award.  He has also received the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s Reid Miller Excellence in Teaching Award, and research and teaching awards from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He was also an invited participant in the 2014 National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Education.

The award will be presented to Mehrizi-Sani at IEEE’s Power and Energy Society General Meeting Awards Dinner and Ceremony on August 7 in Portland, Ore.