Power Systems Directors

Michael Ahern

Michael Ahern

Director, Power Systems

Mike is responsible for developing graduate programs delivered through WPI’s Corporate and Professional Education Department. He helps WPI support the educational needs of both corporate partners and individual students. Further, Mike improves the quality of the student experience by working with faculty to update the curriculum and share best practices in course delivery, both online and classroom. Mike brings over 35 years of professional experience to this role. Mike and his wife Kathy have two grown children and live on Cape Cod.

Edvina Uzunovic

Associate Director Power
Office: 100 Institute RD
Dr. Edvina Uzunovic has more than 15 years of experience with a range of responsibilities in the power systems industry. She has been a vital contributor to the overall success of several leading power industry organizations while serving different roles as a Technical Officer, Smart Grid Transmission Applications, Senior Quantitative Analyst and Senior Research and Technology Development Engineer. She is currently the Associate Director of Power Systems Engineering and an adjunct professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Edvina has a B.Sc. ... View Profile

Power Systems Faculty

Kevin Clements

Lalitha Devarakonda

Adjunct Teaching Professor
Lalitha Devarakonda is Adjunct Professor in Power Systems Engineering Program at WPI, where she teaches a course on Power System Protection. Dr. Devarakonda received her M.Sc from Louisiana State University, LA and Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts, MA. Her Ph.D research she developed new analytical method for battery modelling. She is currently working as Substation Technical Lead Engineer at Eversource Energy. Her job responsibilities include testing and commissioning high/medium voltage substation equipment along with their monitoring and remote control instrumentation. View Profile

Katherine Dykes

Adjunct Instructor/ Lecturer
Office: 100 Institute RD
Katherine is an Adjunct Professor in the Power Systems Engineering Program at WPI where she has taught courses in power systems operations and electro-mechanical energy conversion. She specializes in the operational and economic costs of wind energy diffusion and the social and political factors in technological innovation. Katherine's PhD work in systems engineering involved understanding innovation and diffusion of wind energy technology. ... View Profile
Alexander E. Emanuel

Alexander E. Emanuel

Professor
Office: Atwater Kent 215
Phone: +1-508-831-5239, +1-508-831-5231
Energy is the magic manifestation that keeps us alive and warm. Energy keeps wheels turning, the sun shining, the hand writing, the earth spinning. I have dedicated my entire professional life to the study of energy-related problems, including the conversion of energy from one form to another. My primary focus has been in issues dealing with the quality of electrical energy. Some of the topics I continue to work on: View Profile

Babak Enayati

Adjunct Teaching Professor
Babak Enayati received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY in 2009. He is currently a Lead Research Development and Demonstration Engineer at National Grid, Waltham, MA. During the past ten years, Babak has worked on Distributed Energy Resources interconnections, power system protection, control of microgrids, and Smart Grid. He joined Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2006 and currently is a Senior IEEE Member. Babak currently serves as the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Governing Board Member-at-Large. ... View Profile
Yousef Mahmoud

Yousef Mahmoud

Assistant Professor
Director of Renewable Energy Innovations Lab
Office: Atwater Kent, 204
Phone: +1-508-831-5913
Yousef Mahmoud has joined Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Aug/2016 upon obtaining his Ph.D. degree from University of Waterloo, Canada. He has been interested in improving the efficiency, reliability, operation, and control of renewable energy systems. He is also interested in their applications in smart cities. He is an IEEE senior member. ... View Profile
Slobodan Pajic

Slobodan Pajic

Adjunct Teaching Professor
Office: Atwater Kent 225
Phone: +1-508-831-6697
Slobodan Pajic received the Dipl. Eng. degree from School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia, with a major in power systems, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with emphasis in power systems from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA. Dr. Pajic is a member of the GE Energy Consulting Systems Engineering team since 2012. ... View Profile

Business Faculty

Scott Doremus

Scott Doremus

Senior Lecturer
Office: AK018
Phone: 978-735-9223
What I do: I teach approximately 10 different courses across the schools of business, electrical engineering and computer science. I also do a certain amount of research and publish the occasional paper. Why I like to teach: I have roughly 38 years of industry and military experience in a variety of business sectors including the Department of Defense, medical device R&D, computer and networking R&D, telecommunications, and consulting. ... View Profile
Jamie Peter Monat

Jamie Peter Monat

Professor of Practice
Office: 100 Institute RD
Phone: +1-978-897-3420, +1-508-831-5517
Dr. Monat is a Professor of Practice and Director at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he teaches courses in Operations Risk Management, Systems Thinking, System Optimization, Operations Management, Business Practices, and Project Management. Dr. Monat has both management and teaching experience in the medical device, separations, food & beverage, consulting, and environmental industries, having served as President of Harvard Clinical Technology, President of Business Growth Specialists, Inc., as Sr. ... View Profile

William O'Brien

Walter "Wally" T. Towner

Walter "Wally" T. Towner

Associate Teaching Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 222
Phone: +1-508-831-6013, +1-508-831-5218
I am interested in manufacturing and industrial engineering. My main interests lie at the intersection of manufacturing processes and the financial aspect of the business that relates to these processes. I see my mission as enabling students to become leaders in a business environment and helping them extract value from the processes that drive the organization. We do this by using tools like axiomatic design and Lean Six Sigma methods. ... View Profile