IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter Editors


Dr. Ebrahim Vaahedi, Chair of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter, is an associate vice president at OATI where he leads smart grid solution development. He has over 30 years of experience in different segments of energy industry specializing in the development and execution of technology strategies for utility industry. Dr. Vaahedi joined OATI in 2014 following his prior positions with a major Canadian utility including the position of chief technology officer where he was accountable for developing and executing a consolidated technology plan including the delivery of $140 million Control Center project. Dr. Vaahedi is a Fellow of IEEE, owns registered patents and has authored over 200 publications including a recent book in modern power system operation entitled “Practical Power System Operation”. Presently he chairs IEEE Bulk Power System Operations Committee and IEEE Smart Grid Publications Committee.

Professional Outline

  • Smart Grid Technology development
  • industry expert in power system operation
  • Recognized industry expert in power system planning
  • Leading and delivering technology innovation
  • Conducting Research on leading edge solutions
  • Developing technology strategy and executing the technology plan
  • Program and Project Management

Ph.D., Optimal Control of Power
Imperial College of Science and Technology, London
MS, Power Systems and Electrical Machines (Distinction)
Imperial College of Science and Technology, London
BS, Electrical Engineering
Sharif University of Technology, Tehran


Panayiotis (Panos) Moutis, Managing Editor of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter, is a postdoctoral research associate at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, and a technical consultant with 10 years of experience on Renewable Energy Sources investments in Greece. He has published more than 15 papers on topics concerning the management and control of distributed generation and storage resources based on various smart grid paradigms. In 2013, he won the “IEEE Sustainability 360o Contest” on the topic of Power, and in 2014 he was awarded a fellowship by Arup (through the University of Greenwich, UK) on the “Research Challenge of Balancing Urban Microgrids in Future Planned Communities." Between 2007 and 2015 he contributed in over a dozen R&D projects funded by the European Commission. Panos received both his diploma and his PhD degrees in electrical & computer engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. His research interests lie in the field of virtual power plants, microgrids, distributed resources integration and application of artificial intelligence to power system management and control. He is a senior member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and IEEE Computer Society.