Mostafa Sahraei-Ardakani

Assistant Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering Contact MEB 2218 (801) 587-8883


  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran
  • PhD, Energy Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University. Project: Policy Analysis in Transmission-Constrained Electricity Markets

Honors & Awards

  • Edson entrepreneurship award. Arizona State University, 04/2015
  • EEEPI summer research award. Penn State University, 05/2012
  • Outstanding Organization Award – PSU IEEE Student Chapter. Penn State University, 03/2012
  • Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE best student paper award. U.S. Association for Energy Economics, 11/2011
  • Engineering research award - graduate exhibition. Penn State University, 10/2011


I am an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah. My research interests lie at the intersection of power engineering, operations research, economics, and public policy. Specifically, I work on power system optimization, transmission system operation, electricity markets, energy and environmental economics and policy, and the smart grid. I received my Ph.D. in Energy Engineering from Penn State University in 2013. Before joining the University of Utah, I was a postdoctoral scholar at the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University.


  • Arabic, basic.
  • English, fluent.
  • Persian, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Africa
  • Chile
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • Turkey