• Visiting Scholar in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research:  (September 2015 – February 2016)
           University of California,  Berkeley

  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering:  (August 2012 – December 2013)
           Columbia University

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering:  (August 2006 – June 2011)
           United Arab Emirates University,  Abu Dhabi,  UAE

Work and Research Experience

  • United Arab Emirates University,  Abu Dhabi,  UAE,  (Since February 2016)
           Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department

  • United Arab Emirates University,  Abu Dhabi,  UAE,  (December 2011 – February 2016)
           Teaching Assistant in the Electrical Engineering Department

  • NASA Ames Research Center,  Moffett Field,  California,  (June 2011 – August 2011)
           Visiting Scientist in the Intelligent Systems Division
           Mentor:  Scott Poll
           Co-Mentor:  Dr. Bhaskar Saha

  • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  Dubai,  UAE,  (June 2010 – August 2010)
           Summer Trainee in the Transmission Maintenance Department

  • Technobothnia Technology Research Center,  Vaasa,  Finland,  (January 2010 – May 2010)
           Industrial Trainee in the Electricity, Energy and Automation Technology Lab
           Mentor:  Dr. Smail Menani

Awards and Honors

  • UAE Embassy and UAE University Scholarship,  (December 2011 - February 2016)

  • UAE NASA Research Fellow,  (Junuary 2011 - Present)

  • Middle East Oil and Gas Show, Manama, Bahrain, (September 2011)
           1st place in case study competition

  • Int. Conf. on Sustainable Systems and Environment, Sharjah, UAE, (March 2011)
           3rd place in students posters competition

  • Electrical Engineering Society Football Cup, Abu Dhabi, UAE, (December 2010)
           Silver Medal

  • Community Service Competition in IEEE UAE Student Day, Abu Dhabi, UAE, (May 2010)
           1st place

  • National Physics Olympiad, Dubai, UAE, (2004, 2005, 2006)
           Ranked 1st in Dubai Qualifications

  • National Geology Olympiad, Dubai, UAE, (2006)
           Ranked 2nd nationwide


  • Modeling and Optimization: Theory and Applications (MOPTA), July 2015, Pennsylvania

    • “A Fast Distributed Algorithm for Sparse Semidefinite Programs”

  • International Symposium on Mathematical Programming (ISMP), July 2015, Pennsylvania

    • “Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers for Sparse Semidefinite Programs”

Session Chair

  • Co-chair of the session “Computational Methods II” in IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2015 (Osaka, Japan)

  • Co-chair of the session “Optimization II” in IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2015 (Osaka, Japan)


  • IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid

  • IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

  • IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution

  • Systems Science and Control Engineering An Open Access Journal

  • IEEE Conference on Decision and Control

  • European Control Conference

  • American Control Conference

  • IEEE International Conference on Electric Power and Energy Conversion Systems

Mentoring Experience

  • Sai Karthik Reddy Ginni, Columbia University (Master student), Spring 2015

  • Saaketh Krosuri, High school student, Summer 2014

Leadership Experience

  • Columbia University Renewable Energy Society (CURES), School Liaison for the EE Dept., (2013)

  • Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL), member, program by MASDAR Institute of Science and Technology, (2012)

  • UAE NASA Research Fellows Alumni Organization, President of Brand and Image, (2011 – Present)

  • IEEE UAE University Student Branch, Publicity (2010), Vice Chair (2009), Technical Support (2007)

Professional Affiliations:

  1. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

    1. Power and Energy Society (PES)

    2. Control and Systems Society (CSS)

  2. The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).