Dr. S. Massoud Amin

Dr. S. Massoud Amin

Dr. S. Massoud Amin is the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership, a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, a full professor of electrical and computer engineering, and directs the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) at the University of Minnesota.

His research focuses on two areas: 1) Global transition dynamics to enhance the resilience, security, and efficiency of systems of critical national infrastructures, and 2) Technology scanning, mapping, and valuation to identify new technology-based opportunities that meet the needs and aspirations of today's consumers and companies.

At TLI, he leads a staff of 5 endowed chairs, 9 professional staff, and 47 senior faculty from across the 8 colleges at the University and industry executives, who develop local and global leaders for over 280 technology enterprises.

Dr. Amin serves as the director of graduate studies (DGS) for the Master of Science in Security Technologies (MSST) program (2008-present), served as the DGS for the management of technology (MOT) program (2003-2009). He is an expert in and teaches graduate courses on smart grids, complex dynamical systems and controls, critical infrastructure security and protection, emerging and pivotal technologies, S&T Policy, and IP valuation and strategy.

Prior to joining the University of Minnesota in March 2003, Dr. Amin held positions of increased responsibility including Area Manager of Infrastructure Security, Grid Operations/Planning, and Energy Markets at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California. In the aftermath of the tragic events of 9/11, he directed all security-related research and development at EPRI, including the Infrastructure Security Initiative (ISI) and the Enterprise Information Security (EIS). Prior to October 2001, he served as manager of mathematics and information science at EPRI, where he led strategic research in modeling, simulation, optimization, and adaptive control of national infrastructures for energy, telecommunication, transportation, and finance.

At EPRI, Dr. Amin developed collaborative research initiatives with diverse groups, including electric power industry, the government, universities and other stakeholders (including EPRI and its members, the US DOD, DOE, NSF, National Governors' Association, NRC/NAE, and the White House OSTP). This primarily involved creation and successful launch of the Complex Interactive Networks/Systems Initiative (CIN/SI), initiated in mid-1998 in response to growing concerns over the vulnerability of critical national infrastructures. CIN/SI developed six research consortia consisting of 108 professors and over 200 researchers in 28 U.S. universities, along with two energy companies, co-funded equally by EPRI and the U.S. DOD.

Dr. Amin pioneered RD&D in smart grids and self-healing infrastructures in 1998  and has led the development of over 24 technologies transferred to industry.

In his leading work on technological infrastructure and security, Dr. Amin has contributed to projects with the United States Air Force, NASA-Ames, Rockwell International, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, MEMC, ESCO, Systems and Electronics Inc., United Van Lines, our nation's electric power industry, the government, universities and other stakeholders including US DOD, DOE, NSF, NAE, NGA, OHS/DHS, and the White House OSTP.

Summary of professional experience:

At Washington University, students voted him three times Professor of the Year (School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University, 1992-1995). In Minnesota, he has received several awards, including the 2008 University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Contributions to Post-baccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education, and was inducted into the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. At EPRI he received several awards including the 2002 President's Award for the Infrastructure Security Initiative, six EPRI Performance Recognition Awards during 1999-2002 for leadership in three areas, and  twice received Chauncey Awards at EPRI, the institute’s highest honor.

Dr. Amin is the author or co-author of more than 190 peer reviewed research papers, and is the editor of seven collections of manuscripts. He serves on several boards, including the Board of Directors of the Texas RE (2010-present), Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE) at the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (2001-2007), the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Applications (BMSA) at the National Academy of Sciences (2006-2009), the advisory boards of AISI, Full Spectrum, and serves on the editorial boards of seven international journals. For additional information, including selected videos, publications and presentations,  please see http://umn.edu/~amin.