Mahnoosh Alizadeh

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Assistant Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
Institute for Energy Efficiency
Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation (CCDC)
University of California, Santa Barbara
Address: 3151 Harold Frank Hall, UCSB
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9560
email: alizadeh [AT]
phone: (805)893-3981

Brief Biography

Mahnoosh Alizadeh is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dr. Alizadeh’s research is focused on studying network control, optimization, and learning frameworks that enable sustainability and resiliency in societal infrastructure systems (with a specific focus on power systems and electric transportation systems). She is the director of the Smart Infrastructure Systems laboratory.

Prior to joining UCSB in Nov. 2016, Dr. Alizadeh spent two years at Stanford University as a postdoctoral scholar. She received her PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California Davis in 2014 and her B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2009.

See some highlighted projects here.


  • May 2020: Appointed as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.

  • May 2020: Co-chair of Workshops at SmartGridComm 2020. Consider submitting your paper to the four exciting workshops we have planned, or one of the main symposia. Paper submission deadline is July 1st.

  • Feb 2019: Happy to receive the National Science Foundation CAREER award.

  • Dec 2018: Selected as the co-recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award.

  • Dec 2018: New NSF project on “Models and System-Level Coordination Algorithms for Power-in-the-Loop Autonomous Mobility-on-Demand Systems” will allow us to study the benefits of self-driving EV fleets for grid support.

  • Feb 2018: I am co-chairing the 2018 SmartGridComm Symposium on Control and Operation. Note that this year the conference has expanded its scope to include relevant research in cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things, which have become inseparable from the future of smart energy. Spread the word!

  • Feb 2018: In partnership with SLAC national laboratory, Chargepoint Inc, Google, E3 energy and Kisensum, we are kicking off two new CEC projects to design and test various smart charging algorithms across various locations in California.

Note to prospective students

My research interests are quite interdisciplinary. Hence, I tend to work best with students with a strong mathematical background who are interested in interdisciplinary work. If you are interested in working with me, please apply to the Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate program. If you would like to send me an email about your application, please include your CV and transcripts, as well as a brief description of any past research experience.