Dehghanian among 20 young scholars to attend international seminar


Payman Dehghanian, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, is among 20 young scholars from across the globe who have been selected to attend the Next Generation of Research in Electric Power Systems seminar in April at Tsinghua University in Beijing. This is the second consecutive year that he has been invited.

“I am excited to present my research and undergo creativity training to solve the major challenges of the future electricity grids,” said Dehghanian.

Dehghanian is in the final year of his graduate studies and is advised by Dr. Mladen Kezunovic, the Eugene E. Webb Professor in the department. Dehghanian is currently president of the Texas A&M student branch joint chapter of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Power Electronics Society and Industry Applications Society. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Tehran in 2009 and his master's degree from Sharif University of Technology in 2011, both in electrical engineering. His research interests include power system protection and control, power system reliability, asset management, maintenance scheduling, renewable integration and smart-grid applications.

In February, Dehghanian co-chaired the inaugural 2017 Texas Power and Energy Conference on campus, which was the first student-run power engineering conference in the state of Texas.

Dehghanian’s other honors include being awarded a scholarship from the Association of Energy Engineers Lone Star Chapter, being selected as a potential future leader by IEEE, receiving the Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid-of-Research, receiving a second place prize for Best Poster Award at the 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition, receiving a research grant scholarship from the American Public Power Association under the Demonstration of Energy and Efficiency Development Program, being awarded the Roland and Margaret Prove Southerland Aggie Leader Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year and being selected as the IEEE Industry Application Society Electric Safety Workshop 2017 student program chair.

Dehghanian was also selected for the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Higher Standards Scholarship and a Graduate Student Presentation Grant, funded by the Association of Former Students and the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at Texas A&M.