Disfani on California State Route 1Vahid Rasouli Disfani

Assistant Professor, Power Systems and Power Electronics

Department of Electrical Engineering 

College of Enegineering and Computer Science

615 McCallie Ave, EMCS 333

University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN 37403

Office: +1 (423) 425-4354

Cell: +1 (813) 765-8111 

Email: vahid-disfani@utc.edu


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 2015

M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2008

B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Amirkabir University of technology, Tehran, Iran, 2006

Research Summary

My research interests are in the areas of power system optimization and control, grid integration of distributed energy resources including renewables and energy storage systems (ESS), distribution system optimal voltage regulation, and power markets and power system economics. I conduct fundamental and applied research on efficient grid integration of distributed energy resources from both technical and economic aspects as well as development of distributed optimal power flow algorithms and optimal feeder-wide voltage control to increase hosting capacity of distribution feeders.


Dr. Vahid Rasouli Disfani is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, starting Fall 2017. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar with Center for Energy Research (CER) at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) for two years. 

During his postdoctoral experience at University of California San Diego, Dr. Disfani's research was focused on grid integration of distributed energy resources (DER) from both technical and economic aspects. From August 2015 to July 2017, he led several tasks of various research projects funded by California Energy Commission (CEC) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a total of $6.8M. Meanwhile, he also co-advised five Ph.D. students with Dr. Jan Kleissl at UC San Diego and have co-authored several papers from the students’ dissertation works as the principal advisor in different research areas in power systems.

In his Ph.D. study at University of South Florida, Dr. Disfani conducted research on optimal operation of microgrids equipped with various DER and developed several optimization and control algorithms for microgrids and power electronic converters.