Mehrdad Kazerani

Mehrdad Kazerani

Contact information

Phone: 519-888-4567 x33737
Location: EIT 4171


Mehrdad Kazerani

Biography summary

Dr. Mehrdad Kazerani is a Full Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Waterloo. Since joining the University of Waterloo in 1997, he has been involved in teaching, theoretical and experimental research in the general field of power electronics, and administrative activities. Specific research areas include modeling and control of DC/DC, voltage-sourced and current-sourced converters, grid integration of renewable energy sources, plugin electric and hybrid electric vehicles, energy storage systems, smart battery chargers with V2G capabilities, energy access and microgrids. Dr. Kazerani's research program has been financially supported by various governmental agencies (such as NSERC, ESTAC, Railpower, OCE, CFI, OCE, Automotive Partnership Canada, and Natural Resources Canada) and industry partners (such as Hydro One, GM, First Solar, Rail Power, Magna and Hatch). He has actively participated in numerous multidisciplinary projects and has supervised/co-supervised numerous post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, visiting scholars, and undergraduate students in research projects and Capstone design projects. Beyond his regular teaching load, he regularly teaches online graduate courses to the power industry employees within University of Waterloo MEng in Power Engineering program. He holds several patents and has authored/co-authored numerous journal and conference papers, and technical reports. As a senior member of IEEE he has served on several IEEE technical sub-committees, organized several special Sessions in IEEE Conferences, and acted as an editor of several special sections and issues in IEEE Transactions. He has acted as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. Dr. Kazerani has acted as the faculty advisor for the University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT) and Formula Electric Vehicle team, and had the role of an investigator for Association of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). Dr. Mehrdad Kazerani is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario. He has served on the review panels of national research foundations of several countries.

Research interests

  • power electronic converter modeling and control
  • energy storage systems
  • utility integration of renewable energy sources
  • plugin electric, hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles
  • microgrids
  • energy access
  • energy efficiency


  • 1995, Doctorate, Electrical Engineering, McGill University
  • 1990, Master's, Electrical Engineering, Concordia University
  • 1980, Bachelor's, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Shiraz University


  • ECE 463 - Design & Applications of Power Electronic Converters
    • Taught in 2020, 2021, 2023, 2024
  • ECE 660 - Operation and Control of Future Integrated Energy Systems
    • Taught in 2023
  • ECE 6610PD - Power Electronic Converters
    • Taught in 2019
  • ECE 6611PD - Electric Machines and Motor Drives
    • Taught in 2020, 2022
  • ECE 663 - Energy Processing
    • Taught in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • ECE 760 - Special Topics in Power Systems and High Voltage Engineering
    • Taught in 2022
  • MTE 320 - Actuators & Power Electronics
    • Taught in 2022, 2023, 2024
  • MTE 420 - Power Electronics and Motor Drives
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/recent publications

  • Espina, Enrique and Cárdenas-Dobson, Roberto and Simpson-Porco, John W and Sáez, Doris and Kazerani, Mehrdad, A consensus-based secondary control strategy for hybrid AC/DC microgrids with experimental validation, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 36(5), 2020, 5971 - 5984
  • Alharbi, Talal and Bhattacharya, Kankar and Kazerani, Mehrdad, Planning and operation of isolated microgrids based on repurposed electric vehicle batteries, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 15(7), 2019, 4319 - 4331
  • Pape, Marten and Kazerani, Mehrdad, An offshore wind farm with DC collection system featuring differential power processing, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, 35(1), 2019, 222 - 236
  • Allam, Mahmoud A and Hamad, Amr A and Kazerani, Mehrdad, A generic modeling and power-flow analysis approach for isochronous and droop-controlled microgrids, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 33(5), 2018, 5657 - 5670
  • M. Restrepo, J. Morris, M. Kazerani and C. Canizares, “Modeling and Testing of a Bidirectional Smart Cahrger for Distribution System EV Integration”, accepted in March 2016 for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.
  • Ostadi, Amir and Kazerani, Mehrdad, A comparative analysis of optimal sizing of battery-only, ultracapacitor-only, and battery--ultracapacitor hybrid energy storage systems for a city bus, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 64(10), 2015, 4449 - 4460
  • Z. Alnasir and M. Kazerani, “A Small-Scale Standalone Wind Energy Conversion System Featuring SCIG, CSI and a Novel Storage Integration Scheme”, in Renewable Energy, Elsevier, Volume 89, April 2016, Pages 360–370.
  • D.E. Olivares, A. Mehrizi-Sani, A.H. Etemadi, C. Canizares, R. Iravani, M. Kazerani, A.H. Hajimiragha, O. Gomis-Bellmunt, M. Saeedifard, R. Palma-Behnke, G.A. Jimenez-Estevez and N.D. Hatziargyrious, "Trends in Microgrid Control”, in the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 5, No. 4, July 2014, pp. 1905-1920.
  • D.E. Olivares, C. Canizares and M. Kazerani, "A Centralized Energy Management System for Isolated Microgrids”, in the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 5, No. 4, July 2014, pp. 1864-1875.