Mahdi Mehrtash, Ph.D., SMIEEE

Assistant Research Professor

Ralph O'Connor Sustainable Energy Institute (ROSEI)

Department of Environmental Health and Engineering (EHE)

Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

3400 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21218

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Hi! I am a Senior Member of IEEE and an Assistant Research Professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Using the concept of stochastic and global optimization, I am addressing power and energy system problems such as power system expansion planning, integration of renewable energy systems, zero-energy buildings, and future electricity markets.

Currently, I am working on two projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The first project is a collaboration between JHU, EPRI, and three U.S. national labs (ANL, NREL, and LBNL) in the framework of the Grid Modernization Lab Consortium. In this project, we provide robust analytical support for the Independent System Operators on the evolution anticipated in future electricity markets considering the increasing penetration of Renewable Energy Resources. The second project, which is funded through the National Offshore Wind Research & Development Consortium, is about analyzing the long-term availability of offshore wind using hurricane risk assessment and mitigation.

Research Overview

My Research Interests:

  • Global/Stochastic/Distributed Optimization

  • Zero Energy Buildings

  • Power System Optimization

- Transmission/Generation/Distribution Expansion Planning

- Security-Constrained Unit Commitment

- Optimal Power Flow

  • Electricity Market

My Appointments:

  • Assistant Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University, MD, USA, July 2021 - Present

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, February 2020 - July 2021

  • Junior R&T Associate, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg, September 2019 - February 2020

  • Research/Teacher Assistant, Louisiana State University, LA, USA, August 2016 - August 2019

  • Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering, Azad University, Iran, September 2014 - August 2016

  • Expert Supervisor, Expansion Planning Group, Fars Regional Electricity Company, Iran, September 2013 - December 2013

My Academic Training:

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Power), Louisiana State University, LA, USA, GPA: 4.0/4.0, August 2019
    (Dissertation Title: Optimal and Efficient Decision-Making for Power System Expansion Planning)

  • M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (Power), Shiraz University, Iran, GPA: 19.15/20 (First rank among 18 students), August 2014
    (Thesis Title: Stochastic Security-Constrained Unit Commitment Considering Wind Power Generations)

  • B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (Power), Shahid Chamran University, Iran, GPA: 18.04/20 (First rank among 34 students), July 2012