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Dr. Amirnaser Yazdani

Amirnaser Yazdani
Department Chair
BSc, MASc, PhD, PEng
416-979-5000 ext. 556178

Areas of Academic Interest

Power electronics

Electric machines and drives

Modelling and control of electrical energy systems

Microgrids and active distribution networks

Renewable energy systems

HVDC and MVDC systems

Electric vehicles

Industrial, automotive and consumer electronics


Year University Degree
2005 University of Toronto PhD
2001 University of Tehran MASc
1995 Sharif University of Technology BSc

Courses Taught

Course Code Course
EE 8416 Modelling and Control of Power-Electronic Converter Systems
ELE 754 Power Electronics
ELE 801 Electric Vehicles


Amirnaser Yazdani’s journey into teaching began early on. As a child, he would often role-play the part of instructor to his peers. He got his first taste of formal teaching as an engineer, teaching math and physics to high-school students in remote regions of Iran. But it was Yazdani’s work in the railway signalling systems industry that would lead him to academia. 

Realizing there was a gap in his theoretical knowledge, Yazdani left his job to pursue a PhD in Toronto, but he brought with him the mentality of the railway industry. “Imagine what a train derailment or collision would entail. It is a mission-critical industry. The discipline and the mindset of that industry lingers in me today.” 

Yazdani’s move coincided with worldwide awareness around the issues of legacy electric power systems in the early 2000s, and criticality was once again centre stage of his work. The immediate need for innovation in the energy sector appealed to Yazdani’s ambitions to impact society for the better. Today, Yazdani’s work is focused on the integration of renewable energies into the utility power system and grid modernization. “We do research for the betterment of society. Research is all about serving human beings.”

Amirnaser Yazdani

“The opportunity to learn is a blessing. Make full use of it and also make this blessing available to others.”

  • Professor of the Year, IEEE Toronto Metropolitan University Student Branch, 2018
  • Professor of the Year, IEEE Toronto Metropolitan University Student Branch, 2017
  • Professor of the Year, IEEE Toronto Metropolitan University Student Branch, 2016
  • Chair’s Research Award, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2014
  • A. Yazdani and R. Iravani, “Voltage-Sourced Converters in Power Systems: Modelling, Control, and Applications,” 460 pages, ISBN: 978-0-470-52156-4, Wiley/IEEE.
  • N.R. Chaudhuri, B. Chaudhuri, R. Majumder, and A. Yazdani, “Multi-Terminal Direct-Current Grids: Modelling, Analysis, and Control,” 288 pages, ISBN: 978-1-118-72910-6, Wiley/IEEE.
  • R. Perez, C. Silva, and A. Yazdani, “Linear State-Feedback Primary Control for Enhanced Dynamic Response of AC Microgrids”, IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 3149-3161, May 2019.
  • M.B. Delghavi and A. Yazdani, “Sliding-Mode Control of AC Voltages and Currents of Dispatchable Distributed Energy Resources in Master-Slave-Organized Inverter-Based Microgrids,” IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 980-991, Jan. 2019.
  • H. Bayat and A. Yazdani, “A Power Mismatch Elimination Strategy for an MMC-Based Photovoltaic System,” IEEE Trans. on Energy Conversion, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 1519-1528, Sep. 2018.
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy 
  • Guest Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy 
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery