Mostafa Farrokhabadi

Mostafa Farrokhabadi, PhD


Assistant Professor

Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Software Engineering

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Office: 403.220.7533


Office: ICT412

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Cell: +1.403.671.2710


Educational Background

PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2017

MSc Electric Power Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2012

BSc Electrical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Tehran, 2010


Mostafa Farrokhabadi received the B.Sc. in Electrical engineering from Amirkabir University of Tehran in 2010, the M.Sc. in Electric Power Engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2012, under the supervision of Luigi Vanfretti, and the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2017, under the supervision of Claudio A. Cañizares and Kankar Bhattacharya.

During his Ph.D., he also worked for the Canadian Solar and Hatch as a microgrid engineer/researcher, and attended the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as a research visitor. He was a PDF at the University of Waterloo from May 2017 to May 2018, supervised by John W. Simpson-Porco and Claudio A. Cañizares. He joined BluWave-ai in May 2018 as the first employee and executed a $12M+ budget to scale up the company's technology to post Series A. He joined the University of Waterloo Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in August 2021. In July 2022, he joined the Department of Electrical and Software Engineering at the University of Calgary.

Mostafa has collaborated with a diverse range of academic and industry researchers in various countries and has (co)authored more than 25 high-impact peer-reviewed papers, magazine articles, technical reports, and patents. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), and IEEE PES Power System Dynamic Performance Committee (PSDPC). Moreover, he is a distinguished Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Associate Editor of the IEEE DataPort, and the Chair of the IEEE Ottawa Section. Based on his contributions, he was selected by the Royal Society of Canada among the 21 early-career scientists representing Canada at the 2021 Commonwealth Science Conference.


Areas of Research

Power and Energy Systems

My research covers the broad areas of modeling, stability, control, and optimization in power systems. More recently, I have been focused on modernizing the electrical distribution grids. I use tools from power systems engineering, control, optimization, and applied machine learning. 

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
ENEL 487 Electrical Engineering Energy Systems Winter 2023


  • Annual Teaching Excellence Award - Electrical and Software Engineering Department, University of Calgary Engineering Students’ Society. 2023
  • Outstanding Service Award, IEEE Ottawa Section. 2022
  • Top Three Associated Editors, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. 2020
  • Working Group Award - Outstanding Technical Report (IEEE Task Force on Microgrid Stability Definitions, Analysis, and Modeling), IEEE Power & Energy Society . 2020
  • Working Group Award (IEEE Task Force on Microgrid Stability Definitions, Analysis, and Modeling), IEEE Power System Dynamic Performance Committee. 2019
  • Best Reviewer Award, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. 2019
  • Forty Under 40, Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Board of Trade. 2019
  • 3MT: University Finalist, ECE Department Heat 1st Place, and People’s Choice Award, University of Waterloo Three Minute Thesis. 2017
  • Doctoral Thesis Completion Award, University of Waterloo. 2016
  • Faculty of Engineering Award, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo. 2016
  • Research Travel Assistantship Award, Graduate Studies Office, University of Waterloo. 2015
  • Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching, University of Waterloo. 2015
  • Exceptional Teaching Assistantship Award, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Waterloo. 2014


I am looking for highly motivated graduate students with a background in power systems, control, optimization, or applied machine learning to join my research group at UCalgary. Please reach out to my IEEE email (mostafa.farrokhabadi at IEEE dot org) with your CV and a brief description of your research interests; please use the exact subject line “Prospective Graduate Student” in your email.