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


2008 recipient of Graduate and Professional Teaching Award and Member Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Chairman, IEEE Smart Grid
Board of Directors, Texas Reliability Entity (Texas RE), June 2010 – August 2017
Board of Directors, Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO), January 2013 – August 2017

Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications (BMSA) at the National
Academy of Sciences (2006-09)
Board on Infrastructure and Constructed Environment (BICE) at the National Academy
of Engineering (2001- 07)
Chairman, Advisory Board, Instrumentation, Control & Intelligent Systems (ICIS), Idaho
National Lab (2010- 2012)
Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee, Computational Sciences & Engineering
Division, Oak Ridge National Lab (2006)


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


Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE),elected 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.”

2015 Visionary Leader Award, Cyber Security Summit (CSS), first-ever Visionary Leader Award, October 2015

2015 Thought Leader of the Year, Energy Thought Summit (ETS), “this first-ever award recognizes an individual with an inventive, brave vision to inspire the global energy ecosystem.  Dr. Amin was selected by an ETS committee from among 175 of peers around the world for outstanding contributions to energy knowledge exchange and thought leadership.” March 2015

2014 Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Movers & Shakers: For the creation of the M.S. program in Medical Device Innovation at the University of Minnesota to prepare students to understand, anticipate and manage innovation challenges in the global medical device industry.

2013 University of Massachusetts’ College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Alumni Award: “Recipients of this award have brought recognition and honor to the College of Engineering through their professional achievements, leadership, and service to the profession, university, and society.”  October 2013

2013 Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers: “as one who sets the standard for using innovative technology to solve public sector challenges and improve the performance of critical government programs.”

Honeywell/ H.W.Sweatt Chair in Technology Leadership

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)


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.


  • 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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