Pandoras Lab Director; Principal Investigator

Arif I. Sarwat, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor and Director of FPL-FIU Solar Research Facility, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Florida International University, Miami, FL
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering
    • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; 2010
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering
    • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; 2005

PhD Students

Aditya Sundararajan graduated with his Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Engineering from the SSN College of Engineering, India, in 2013 and with his Master’s in Computer Engineering from the Florida International University, Miami, in 2014. Currently, a doctoral candidate at FIU’s ECE Department, Aditya’s research focuses on designing, developing, and implementing solutions for the challenges of big data analytics and management, and human-on-the-loop cybersecurity in the domain of distributed photovoltaic systems. He worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado, in the Summer of 2018 at the Energy, Security & Resiliency Center. His work at NREL focused on the cybersecurity standards for distributed energy resources and situation awareness for security analysts at control centers. His areas of interest include big data management, machine learning, statistical analytics, smart grid cyber-physical systems, distributed energy resources, and smart cities.

Email:  asund005[at]fiu[dot]edu Links: Google ScholarLinkedIn

Mohammadsaleh Jafaritalarposhti received his B.S. degree from Shahrood University of Technology, Iran, in 2010, and his M.S. degree from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), both in Electrical Engineering. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University, USA. His research interests contain power system protection, renewable energy, Networked Cyber-Physical Systems.

Email:  mjafa006[at]fiu[dot]edu

Temitayo Olowu received had his OND (2001), HND (2005), from the Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti and his BS (2010) and MS (2014) from University of Benin, Nigeria all in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems and Machines). He was a trainee on O&G operations and exploration at Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) summer school in 2009. He has worked at different times since 2000 in the Manufacturing Industry, Communication Industry, Academics and the Renewable Energy Industry. He was part of the team that designed and executed several government and individual solar-powered projects in Nigeria.

He joined the EPS lab as a research assistant in fall 2017 for his PhD under Dr. Arif Sarwat. His research interest include High PV Penetration and aggregation, Smart Grid, Power Electronics, Electrical Machines and Drives.

Email:  tolow003[at]fiu[dot]edu

Asadullah Khalid received his Bachelors degree from the Aligarh Muslim University, India (2013) and his M.S. degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (2015), both in Electrical Engineering. From 2014 to 2017, he worked in the Wireless/Consumer Electronics (Motorola) and Automotive (Nissan) industries. As an Electronics Engineer at Nissan, he was involved in design, development and release of electronic accessories on all Nissan and Infiniti classes and grades. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University, USA. His research interests include Power Electronics, Battery Management Systems, Smart Grid Communications and Renewable Energy Systems.

Email:  akhal032[at]fiu[dot]edu

Master’s Students

Tanwir Khan received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India. He is currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant, pursuing his M.S degree in Department of Computer Science, Florida International University under the supervision of Dr. Arif Sarwat. His current research includes reliability analysis of Advanced Metering infrastructure meters(Temperature/Humidity), and life expectancy and accelerated aging of Smart Grid products and components. He also has IT industry experience of 4 years and has worked in Big data and Automation testing related projects.

Email: tkhan016[at]fiu[dot]edu