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PaymanPayman Dehghanian, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, won the “2nd Place Prize for Best Poster Award” at the 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Conference and Exposition.

The IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition is the largest and most comprehensive of its type in the world. With more than 15,000 attendees, 900 exhibitors and electric companies, it is the best place to see the latest technology and latest equipment available in the electric utility industry.

Dehghanian, who’s under the advisement of Dr. Mladen Kezunovic, the Eugene E. Webb Professor in the department, is the current leader of the Texas A&M student branch joint chapter of the IEEE PELS-PES-IAS. 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.

His recent honors include receiving a research grant scholarship from the American Public Power Association (APPA) under the Demonstration of Energy and Efficiency Development (DEED) Program, being awarded the Roland and Margaret Prove Southerland Aggie Leader Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year and being selected as the IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS) Electric Safety Workshop (ESW) 2017 student program chair.