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Biography:    

Javad Lavaei is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. He received the B.Sc. degree in electronics engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2003 and the M.A.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Concordia University in 2007. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Control & Dynamical Systems from California Institute of Technology under the supervision of Profs. John C. Doyle and Richard Murray in 2011, and he did a postdoc jointly with Electrical Engineering and Precourt Institute for Energy of Stanford University for one year. He is the recipient of the Milton and Francis Clauser Doctoral Prize for the best university-wide Ph.D. thesis, entitled “Large-Scale Complex Systems: From Antenna Circuits to Power Grids”.  He has worked on different interdisciplinary problems in power systems, optimization, and control. Javad Lavaei is a senior member of IEEE and has won several prestigious awards, including ONR Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER, Google Faculty Award, the Governor General’s Gold Medal given by the Government of Canada, Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Master’s Thesis Award, Postgraduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), New Face of Engineering in 2011, and Silver Medal in the 1999 International Mathematical Olympiad.