Mehrdad Pirnia

Graduate Attributes Lecturer

Contact InformationMehrdad Pirnia

Phone: 519-888-4567 x38956
Location: CPH 4303

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Biography Summary

Dr. Mehrdad Pirnia received his Ph.D. degree from University of Waterloo in 2014 in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Power Systems Optimization). He also obtained his MASc degree in Management Sciences (Optimization Specialty), under the supervision of Professor J. David Fuller. His undergraduate degree is in Industrial Engineering. The main focus of his research is on applying AI, optimization and stochastic techniques to enhance the operation and planning of energy systems.

Currently, he is a faculty member at the University of Waterloo, Department of Management Sciences. Before joining UWaterloo, he worked full-time in California ISO and ALSTOM Grid. He also did an internship at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) during his PhD program.

Research Interests

  • Electricity markets
  • Operations research
  • Data analytics
  • Machine learning in energy applications
  • Energy analytics
  • Power system operations and planning

Education

  • 2014, Doctorate, Power System Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 2009, Master of Applied Science, Management Sciences, University of Waterloo

Courses*

  • MSCI 100B - Seminar
    • Taught in 2018
  • MSCI 200B - Seminar
    • Taught in 2018
  • MSCI 253 - Probability and Statistics 2
    • Taught in 2020
  • MSCI 261 - Eng. Econ: Fin Mgt for Eng's
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • MSCI 271 - Advanced Calc. & Num. Methods
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
  • MSCI 300A - Seminar
    • Taught in 2018
  • MSCI 400A - Seminar
    • Taught in 2018
  • MSCI 400B - Seminar
    • Taught in 2018
  • MSCI 603 - Principles of Operations Res
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Shavandi, Hassan and Pirnia, Mehrdad and Fuller, J David, Extended opportunity cost model to find near equilibrium electricity prices under non-convexities, Applied Energy, 240, 2019, 251 - 264
  • Shavandi, Hassan and Fuller, J David and Pirnia, Mehrdad, An Efficient Data Driven Model for Generation Expansion Planning with Short Term Operational Constraints, arXiv preprint arXiv:1810.04986, 2018
  • Lipka, Paula A and Campaigne, Clay and Pirnia, Mehrdad and O’Neill, Richard P and Oren, Shmuel S, Constructing transmission line current constraints for the IEEE and polish systems, Energy Systems, 8(1), 2017, 199 - 216
  • M. Pirnia, C. Canizares, K. Bhattacharya, A. Vaccaro, A Novel Affine Arithmetic Method to Solve Optimal Power Flow Problems with Uncertainties, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 29(6), 2014, 2775 - 2783
  • Pirnia, Mehrdad, Stochastic modeling and analysis of power systems with intermittent energy sources, , 2014
  • Pirnia, Mehrdad and Cañizares, Claudio A and Bhattacharya, Kankar and Vaccaro, Alfredo, A novel affine arithmetic method to solve optimal power flow problems with uncertainties, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 29(6), 2014, 2775 - 2783
  • M. Pirnia, C. Canizares, K. Bhattacharya, Revisiting the Power Flow Problem Based on a Mixed Complementarity Formulation Approach, IET Proc. Generation, Transmission & Distribution, 7(11), 2013, 1194 - 1201
  • Lipka, Paula A and O’Neill, Richard P and Oren, Shmuel S and Castillo, Anya and Pirnia, Mehrdad and Campaigne, Clay, Optimal Power Flow Paper 10, , 2013
  • Lipka, Paula A and O’Neill, Richard P and Oren, Shmuel S and Castillo, Anya and Pirnia, Mehrdad and Campaigne, Clay, Optimal transmission switching using the IV-ACOPF linearization, FERC staff technical paper, 2013
  • Pirnia, Mehrdad and Cañizares, Claudio A and Bhattacharya, Kankar, Revisiting the power flow problem based on a mixed complementarity formulation approach, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, 7(11), 2013, 1194 - 1201
  • M. Pirnia, J. Nathwani, J.D. Fuller, Ontario Feed-in-Tari s: System Planning Implications and Impacts on Social Welfare, The Electricity Journal, 24, 2011, 18 - 28
  • Wright, Derek and Markoff, Emma and Grove, Jason and Al-Hammoud, Rania and Milne, Andrew and Pirnia, Mehrdad, Surveys for Simultaneous Direct and Indirect Assessment, Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA), 06 2017
  • M. Pirnia, C. Canizares, K. Bhattacharya, A. Vaccaro, An Ane Arithmetic Approach for Microgrid Dispatch with Variable Generation and Load, Power Systems Computations Conference (PSCC), 08 2014, Wroclaw, Poland
  • M. Pirnia, C. Canizares, K. Bhattacharya, A. Vaccaro, An Ane Arithmetic Method to Solve the Stochastic Power Flow Problem Based on a Mixed Complementarity Formulation, IEEE PES Annual General Meeting, 07 2012, San Diego, USA
  • N.M. Fraser, E. Jewkes, M. Pirnia, Engineering Economics: Financial Decision Making for Engineers, Pearson Canada, 670 manuscript pages
  • C. Campaigne, P. Lipka, M. Pirnia,R. O'Neil, S. Oren, A Computational Study of Linear Approximations to the Convex Constraints in the Iterative Linear IV-ACOPF Formulation,
  • M. Pirnia,J. Nathwani, Summary Report: Nuclear Power in Society,
  • M. Farrokhabadi, M. Pirnia, J. Terry, L. Stacey, Renewable Energy Generation in Ontario, Waterloo Cases in Design Engineering, 11

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