Ashkan Zeinalzadeh (PhD, Electrical Engineering, UH), joined HNEI in 2013 as a postdoctoral fellow. He was with the Electrical Engineering department at UH as a Research Assistant from 2007 to 2012. He worked in the industry from 2002 to 2006 as a design engineer and software developer. His background and research interests are in the areas of high-penetration PV integration on the electric grid, microgrid modeling, energy storage system integration, distribution system modeling for renewables integration, and multi-objective optimization. Ashkan is currently working on the analytical aspects of distribution system modeling and Volt-VAr control optimization for future power systems. He applies sparsity-leveraging statistical inference to mitigate the distribution grid issues that arise due to the high penetration of PV. His prior research was on optimization and control of power distribution systems with distributed energy resources and energy storages. He has authored several journal articles, conference proceedings, and technical reports. His broad interdisciplinary background and academic training span the areas of power systems, smart grids, stochastic optimization, game theory, machine learning, statistical inference, signal processing, and communications.