S. Massoud Amin, D.Sc
Dr. Massoud Amin, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership, is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor and is the Director of the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Amin served as the founder and director of graduate studies for the security technologies program (2008–2012), and the director of graduate studies for the management of technology program (2003–2009).
Before joining the university in 2003, he held positions of increasing responsibility at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto. After 9/11, he directed all EPRI's Infrastructure Security R&D and served as Area Manager for Infrastructure Security, Grid Operations/Planning, and Energy Markets. Prior to that, he served as head of mathematics and information sciences at EPRI, where he led the development of more than 24 technologies that transferred to industry, and pioneered R&D in "self-healing" infrastructures and smart grids. He is considered the "father of the smart grid."
His research focuses on two areas: 1) Global transition dynamics to enhance resilience, agility, security and efficiency of complex dynamic systems. These systems include national critical infrastructures for interdependent energy, computer networks, communications, transportation and economic systems. 2) Technology scanning, mapping, and valuation to identify new science and technology-based opportunities that meet the needs and aspirations of today's consumers, companies and the broader society. This thrust builds coherence between short- and longer-term R&D opportunities and their potential impact.
He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Texas RE, a BoD member and chair of the hearing committee of the Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO). He served as a member of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE) at the U.S. National Academy of Engineering during 2001–2007, member of the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Applications (BMSA) at the National Academy of Sciences during 2006–2009, a fellow of the ASME, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, a senior member of IEEE, AAAS, AIAA, NY Academy of Sciences, SIAM, and Informs.
He served as chairman of power and energy for ASME's Critical Asset Protection Initiative (2002–2005), founding member of the IEEE Computer Society's Task Force on Security and Privacy (2002–2006), served on the Board of the Center for Security Technologies (CST) at Washington University (2002–2006), and is the founding chairman of the IEEE smart grid newsletter (2010-present) and the IEEE Control Systems Technical Committee on Smart Grids (2009–present). Author of more than 200 peer–reviewed publications and the editor of seven collections of manuscripts, and serves on the editorial boards of six academic journals.
Dr. Amin holds B.S. (cum laude) and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, and M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in systems science and mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.