Technological Leadership Institute
Massoud Amin, DSc
- Honeywell/Harold W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership
- Director, TLI
Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Science and Engineering
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
University of Minnesota
Massoud Amin is the Director of the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI), holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair, is a professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor Award Recipient at the University of Minnesota. He is Chairman Emeritus of the IEEE Smart Grid (January 2014 - August 2018), founding Chairman of IEEE Smart Grid newsletter/publications (August 2010 - July 2014) and a Fellow of the IEEE and ASME. From June 2010 to August 2017, he served as a member of the Texas Reliability Entity (as board chairman), a utility industry regional entity that oversees reliability. From January 2013 to August 2017, he also served as a board member of the Midwest Reliability Organization. Before joining the University, Dr. Amin was with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, Calif. He pioneered R&D in smart grids in 1998, led the development of 24 technologies that transferred to industry and, after 9/11, directed all security-related R&D for U.S. utilities. He has led research, development and deployment of smart grids, and the enhancement of critical infrastructures’ security during this period and is considered the father of smart grid. At EPRI, he twice received the Chauncey Award, the Institute’s highest honor. He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, editor of seven collections of manuscripts, and served on the editorial boards of six academic journals.
In summary, Dr. Amin's professional contributions have primarily been in three areas:
- Defense networks, combat and logistics systems - C4I (1982-1997)
- Modernization, efficiency, security & resilience of interdependent national critical infrastructures, including power, energy, communications, finance, and transportation (1997-present), and
- Technology/business/policy foresight and strategy (1997-present).
His passion is developing leaders and powering progress.
M.S. and D.Sc. in Systems Science and Mathematics
Washington University in St. Louis
B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Thought Leader of the Year, Energy Thought Summit 2015 (ETS '15); inducted into the University of Minnesota’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2008); President’s Award for the Infrastructure Security Initiative, EPRI (2002) twice - received the Chauncey Award, EPRI; Professor of the Year, Washington University in St. Louis (1992-1995)
Programs & Courses
- M.S. in Management of Technology
- M.S. in Security Technologies
- M.S. in Medical Device Innovation
Currently Taught Courses
- Pivotal Technologies (MOT 8224)
- Science and Technology Policy (MOT 8920)
- Critical Infrastructure Protection (ST 8330)
- Information and Cyber Security (ST 8331)
- Public Policy (ST 8511)
Previously Taught or Created Courses
- Strategic Technology Analysis (MOT 8114)
- MOT Capstone Project (MOT 8234)
- Global Management of Technology (MOT 8921)
- Intellectual Property Management: Valuation and Strategy (MOT 8940)
- MSST Capstone Project (ST 8620)
- Technology Foresight & Forecasting (MDI 5002)
- IMTP: International Management of Technology Project (MOT 8950)
- Science & Technology Foundations (ST 8110)
- Methods, Theory and Applications (ST 8111)
- Numerous industry- and government-responsive certificates and short courses such as our Rochester Signature Series. These include national and global trainings (U.S., Egypt, Italy, India and Saudia Arabia among others)
- Smart Grid and Energy Infrastructure (self-healing, resilient, environmentally sound, secure)
- Security (cyber and networked systems)
- Technology assessment, valuation, initiation, management and transfer
- Securing and valuing IP, managing innovation and commercialization risks
- Smart grids, energy, environment, quality, regulation, policy and markets
- Efficiency, robustness and security of critical infrastructure including energy, transportation, and telecommunication and cyber networks
- Leadership in scientific R & D and technology-intensive enterprises
Electric Power Research Institute, McDonnell Douglas, NASA-Ames Research Center, Rockwell Int’l, Boeing, MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., Electronics & Space Corp., United States (U.S:.) Dept. of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Research Office, U.S. Dept. of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Governors’ Association, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the US National Academy of Engineering. Led national, post-9/11 utilities' infrastructure security R&D
Global transition dynamics to enhance resilience, security, and efficiency of national critical infrastructures, including energy, communications, transportation, and economic networks; theory and application of self-healing controls including reconfigurable and self-repairing designs, system optimization, and differential game theory for aerospace, energy, and transportation applications.
"The smart-grid solution," Nature, 11 July 2013, Vol 499.
"Smart Grid - Safe, Secure, Self-Healing - Challenges and Opportunities in Power System Security, Resiliency, and Privacy," The Bridge, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, February 2015.
"How to Save Aging Assets - Applying limited resources to critical infrastructure," Electricity Today, Jan-Feb 2015.
"The Case for Smart Grid - Funding a new infrastructure in an age of uncertainty," Public Utilities Fortnightly, Mar 2015.
"The Self-Healing Grid - What's needed to speed restoration 'next time'?" Electricity Today, April 2013.
"Securing the Electricity Grid," The Bridge, National Academy of Engineering, volume 40, number 1, Spring 2010.