Masoud H. Nazari


I am an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Wayne State University (WSU). My research is on the theory and application of internet of things (IoT), data analytics, and distributed optimization and control for cyber-physical systems (CPS), such as smart grids; smart buildings; and, autonomous systems.

Prior to joining WSU, I was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). I received my dual Ph.D. under the direction of Drs. Marija Ilic and Granger Morgan in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012. From 2013 to 2015, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I worked with Drs. Magnus Egerstedt and Santiago Grijalva on smart grid control problems. I was also a visiting Ph.D. student in the Engineering Systems Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010.

Ph.D. Students Recruiting

I am looking for Ph.D. students with strong foundations in power systems, computer science, optimization, and/or control. The preference goes to students who already hold a master degree in ECE or a related field. If you are interested, please email me your CV, TOEFL and GRE scores as well as your publications. The subject of the email should be “Ph.D. study at WSU”.


Sept. 2020 - We hosted a booth at “EPIC Forum: Reimagining Buildings for a Carbon Neutral Future”, organized by California Energy Commission.
July 2020 - Zhongyang Zhao defended his Ph.D. on “Optimal Load and Energy Storage Management in Electricity Market”. (Congratulations Zhongyang!)
Mar. 2020 - Seminar on “Fault-Tolerant Data-Driven Distributed Algorithms: from Multi-Agent Smart Grids to Smart Buildings” at the WSU, Computer Science Seminar Series.
Feb. 2020 - Our conference paper, “Anomaly Detection in IoT-Based PIR Occupancy Sensors to Improve Building Energy Efficiency” was presented in 2020 IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT), Washington, DC.
Jan. 2020 - Our journal paper, “Communication-Failure-Resilient Distributed Frequency Control in Smart Grids: Part II: Algorithmic Implementation and System Simulations” has been published in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.
Oct. 2019 - Elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior Member, an honor bestowed only to those who have made significant contributions to the profession.
Oct. 2019 - Seminar on “Resilient Distributed Optimization and Control Algorithms for Multi-Agent Power Systems” at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Oct. 2019 - Seminar on “Resilient Distributed Data-Driven Algorithms for Multi-Agent Power Grids” at the WSU, ECE seminar series.
Oct. 2019 – Our conference paper, “Model Predictive Energy Management for Building Microgrids with IoT-based Controllable Loads” was presented at 2019 North American Power Symposium, Wichita, Kansas
Sept. 2019- Our journal paper, “Communication-Failure-Resilient Distributed Frequency Control in Smart Grids: Part I: Architecture and Distributed Algorithms” has been accepted in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems