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Adel Nasiri

Title: Distinguished Professor, Electrical Engineering
Department: Electrical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-576-7796
Office: Swearingen
Room 3A32
301 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208
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Prof. Nasiri joined University of South Carolina (USC) in August 2021 after a 16-year career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). AT UWM, he served in various positions including Associate Dean for Research, Richard Grigg, Jr. Professor and Director of Center for Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, site director for the NSF center on Grid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES), Interim Executive Director of Connected Systems Institute. Prior to UWM, he worked for ForHealth Technologies, Inc. and Moshanir Power Engineering Company. He has served as a primary investigator on many federal and industry sponsored projects. His research interests are high power/voltage energy conversion, energy storage, and microgrids. Dr. Nasiri has published numerous technical journal and conference papers on related topics. He also holds seven patents and has co-authored two books.

Dr. Nasiri is currently the chair of IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Committee on renewable and sustainable energy conversion and Vice Chair TC5 (sustainable energy systems) at IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS). He is also an Editor of Power Components and Systems, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Power Electronics and was an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (2013-2019) and paper review chair for IAS (2018-2019). He was the general Chair of 2012 IEEE Symposium on Sensorless Electric Drives, 2014 International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA 2014), and 2014 IEEE Power Electronics and Machines for Wind and Water Applications (PEMWA 2014).

Research Overview

Power electronics; Distributed generations; Microgrids; Grid interface; Resilient energy systems; Energy efficiency; Energy-water nexus; Energy storage systems; Interface and controls; Data intensive energy systems; Smart and connected energy systems.


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, 2004
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 1998
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 1996


  • Fellow IEEE, 2021
  • 2010 Milwaukee Young Engineer of the Year, Engineers and Scientists of Milwaukee
  • Recipient: Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Award, 2009-2010
  •  DOE Solar Prize, 2019
  • Wisconsin Center for Technology Commercialization Innovation Award, 2018

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