Sahar Pirooz Azad

Assistant Professor
(780) 492-8355
Donadeo ICE 11-368


Sahar Pirooz Azad received her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, specialized in power systems, from University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, in 2013. During her doctoral research, she focused on designing various control schemes for DC-segmented AC systems to prevent grid instability and large-scale blackouts. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Applied Power Electronics (CAPE) at the University of Toronto in 2014. During her post-doctoral research, she focused on designing controllers with low communication requirements to improve multi-infeed HVDC systems stability. In 2015, she worked as an experienced researcher in the field of DC grid protection at the Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. Her research was a part of the Multi-terminal DC grid for offshore wind (MEDOW) project; a Marie Curie initial training network funded by the European Commission. She joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Alberta in 2015. 

Current Research

  • High voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission lines
  • Multi-terminal direct current (MTDC) grids
  • DC grid protection system
  • AC and DC system interaction analysis
  • AC-DC systems control
  • Multi-infeed HVDC systems
  • AC-DC system modeling
  • Power system statibility