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Evolution of the Smart Grid | Technological Leadership Institute

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July 4, 2016
Dr. Massoud Amin

Dr. Massoud Amin, director of the University of Minnesota Technological Leadership Institute, played an essential role in the history of electricity. In 1998, he developed his vision to transform the modernized end-to-end electric power system into an integrated, self-healing and electronically controlled secure and resilient power system.

His concept and design is known as a “smart grid,” where computer, secure communications, sensing and control technologies overlay electric power grids to enhance reliability, improve security, increase resilience and reduce the cost and emissions.

Dr. Amin, who is considered to be the father of the smart grid, has continued to pioneer research and development in this area. From giving his initial presentation to the Electric Power Research Institute Advisory Committee to speaking before the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Amin has spent nearly two decades campaigning for a secure and smart self-healing grid. For a more in-depth look at the evolution of Dr. Amin's contributions to smart grid research, below is a timeline with some of his published work:

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