S. Ali Arefifar

S. Ali Arefifar

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Office: 432 EC
Phone: (248) 370-2222
Fax: (248) 370-4633
arefifar@oakland.edu

Education

  • 2005-2010, Doctor of Philosophy, Energy Systems-Online Measurement and Monitoring of Power System Impedance and Load Model Parameters, University of Alberta, AB, Canada
  • 2004-2005, Master of Science, Power Systems-Optimal Sizing and Siting of Distributed Generators and Capacitor Banks in Distribution Systems, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran
  • 2001-2003, Bachelor of Science, Power Engineering, Designing a Microcontroller-Based Power Registrar, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran

Research Interests

  • Optimizations in Planning and Operation of Modern Distribution Systems
  • Renewable Energies Integration in Smart Grids
  • Remote Communities and Isolated Microgrids
  • Energy Management in Active Distribution Systems
  • Self-Healing and Contingency Management in Smart grids
  • Optimization Techniques

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Engineering (2016-present), Electric Power Systems, Renewable Energies-Optimizations in planning and Operation of Power Systems and Smart Grids with Renewable Resources, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, USA
  • Post Doctoral/Research Associate/Teaching Fellow (2014-2016), Power Electronics, Renewable Energies-Optimizations in planning and operation of Smart Grids, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • NSERC Visiting Fellow/Post-Doctoral Fellow (2011-2014), Energy Systems-Optimizations in planning and operation of Modern Distribution Systems, Natural Resources Canada – CanmetENERGY, Canada/ University of Alberta, AB, Canada

Courses

  • ECE 351: Electric Machines
  • ECE 458: Electrical Energy Systems

Selected Publications

  • S. A. Arefifar, M. Ordonez, Yasser A. R. I. Mohamed, "Voltage and Current Controllability in Multi-Microgrid Smart Distribution Systems," in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, (In Press, Accepted 2016).
  • S. A. Arefifar, M. Ordonez, Yasser A. R. I. Mohamed, "Energy Management in Multi-Microgrid Systems— Development and Assessment," in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, (In Press, Accepted 2016).
  • S. A. Arefifar, M. Ordonez, Yasser A. R. I. Mohamed, "V-I Controllability-Based Optimal Allocation of Renewable Resources in Smart Grids," in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 1378-1388, May 2016.
  • S. A. Arefifar, Yasser A. R. I. Mohamed, T. H. M. EL-Fouly, "Optimized Multiple Microgrid-Based Clustering of Active Distribution Systems Considering Communication and Control Requirements," in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 62, no. 2, pp. 711-723, Feb. 2015.
  • S. A. Arefifar, Yasser A. R. I. Mohamed, "DG Mix, Reactive Sources and Energy Storage Units for Optimizing Microgrid Reliability and Supply Security,” in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol.5, no.4, pp.1835,1844, July 2014.
  • S. A. Arefifar, Yasser A. R. I. Mohamed, "Probabilistic Optimal Reactive Power Planning in Modern Distribution Systems,” in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol.61, no.11, pp.5830,5839, Nov. 2014.
  • S. A. Arefifar, W. Xu, "Online Tracking of Voltage-Dependent Load Parameters Using ULTC Created Disturbances," in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol.28, no.1, pp.130,139, Feb. 2013.
  • S. A. Arefifar, Yasser A. R. I. Mohamed, T. H. M. EL-Fouly, "Supply- Adequacy-Based Optimum Construction of Microgrids in Distribution Systems,” in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol.3, no.3, pp.1491-1502, Sept. 2012.
  • S. A. Arefifar, W. Xu, "Online Tracking of Power System Impedance Parameters and Field Experiences," in IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol.24, no.4, pp.1781-1788, Oct. 2009.
  • E. H. Golshan, S. A. Arefifar, “Distributed Generation, Reactive Sources and Network Configuration Planning for Power and Energy Losses Reduction”, in IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Vol. 153, Issue 2, pp. 127-136, March 2006.

Achievements and Awards

  • NSERC Visiting Fellowship for Post-Doctoral Programs, December 2010,
  • Award Honoree of the Celebration of Teaching and Learning of the University of Alberta, 2006, 2008,
  • Recipient of the Professional Development Grant from the Graduate Students Association of the University of Alberta, Aug 2008,
  • Recipient of the Informatics Circle of Research Excellence (iCORE) Post Graduate Scholarship, Jan. 2006,
  • Recipient of the Alberta Ingenuity Student Scholarship May 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,
  • Recipient of the Informatics Circle of Research Excellence (iCORE) Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship, May. 2006,
  • Recipient of the Alberta Provost Doctoral Entrance Scholarship, Sep 2005, 2006,
  • Recipient of the First Rank Award in M.Sc. Program, 2004,
  • Recipient of the Second Rank Award in B.Sc. Program, 2001.