Ali Arzani


Ali  Arzani, Ph.D.


Research Assistant Professor


Center for Energy Systems Research (CESR)

Email Address:


(931) 372-3653


Prescott Hall (PRSC) 438


I perform research in the area of power and energy systems and at the Smart Grid Laboratory of CESR-TTU. My current research involves understanding the complexities associated with increased penetration of inverter-based generation in the smart grid.

  • Grid-Friendly, Smart, and Intelligent Control of Inverter-Based Resources
  • Transmission Planning with EMT Software
  • Real-Time Simulations and HIL Studies
  • Active Distribution Networks

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Clemson University, SC, USA
  • M.Sc., Electric Power Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

Selected Publications

  • M. Nasiri, A. Arzani, and J.M. Guerrero, “LVRT Operation Enhancement of Single-Stage Photovoltaic Power Plants: An Analytical Approach”, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 5020-5029, 2021.
  • A. Arzani and G.K. Venayagamoorthy, “Computational Approach to Enhance Performance of Photovoltaic System Inverters Interfaced to Utility Grids”, IET Renewable Power Generation, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 112-124, 2018.
  • A. Arzani, P. Arunagirinathan, and G.K. Venayagamoorthy, “Development of Optimal PI Controllers for a Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Inverter”, IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence Applications in Smart Grid (SSCI), Cape Town, South Africa, 2015.

Prospective Students

My current research at Tennessee Tech is funded by CESR and EPRI. If you are interested in my research and would like to pursue an MSc/PhD degree under my supervision, you are welcome to email me attaching your CV. Please also make sure that you meet the minimum requirements of the ECE department for application to the graduate program.