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U of M Technological Leadership Institute Director Named 2016 IEEE Fellow | Technological Leadership Institute

Dr. Massoud Amin recognized for his leadership in smart grids and security of critical infrastructures

February 1, 2016 - 11:48am

The University of Minnesota Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) is proud to announce its director, Dr. Massoud Amin, has been named an IEEE Fellow in recognition for his leadership in smart grids and security of critical infrastructures. Dr. Amin serves as the IEEE Smart Grid chair, and has led national initiatives to enhance security, resilience and efficiency within the security sector. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership.

“I am humbled by the results of this election and becoming an IEEE Fellow,” said Dr. Amin. “I am grateful for this opportunity to continue my research and development of security technologies in this increasingly important field of study.”

IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. Through its 400,000 members in 160 countries, IEEE is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

“Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of the IEEE,” said Howard E. Michel, 2015 IEEE President and CEO. "Dr. Amin brings honor to himself and to IEEE by his achievements.” 

As director of the University of Minnesota Technological Leadership Institute, Dr. Amin leads seven endowed chairs and 54 faculty members associated with the Institute's three technology-focused graduate degree programs, Master of Science in Management of Technology, Master of Science in Medical Device Innovation, and the Master of Science in Security Technologies, which Dr. Amin founded. 

Revered as the “father of the Smart Grid,” Dr. Amin has led the development of more than 24 technologies that transferred to industry. Before joining the University of Minnesota in 2003, Dr. Amin held positions at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto where he twice received the Chauncey Award, the Electric Power Research Institute’s highest honor. After 9/11, he directed all Infrastructure Security R&D and led Grid Operations/Planning and Energy Markets. Prior to that he served as head of mathematics and information sciences, pioneering R&D in Smart Self‐Healing Grids. The IEEE honor is Dr. Amin's second fellowship designation. In 2010, he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for contributions in education and leadership in the profession.


The Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Minnesota that was established in 1987 by an endowment from the Honeywell Foundation. Its mission is to develop local and global leaders for technology-intensive enterprises through its Master of Science degree programs: Management of Technology, Medical Device Innovation and Security Technologies. All TLI degree offerings are tailored to empower executives and leaders in their strategic vision to leverage technology to drive business development. To learn more about the Technological Leadership Institute please visit