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Mahshid Amirabadi

Assistant Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Research Focus

design, modeling and control of power converters, power electronics for renewable energy systems, microgrids, variable speed drives and wireless power transfer


  • PhD (2013) Electrical engineering (Power-Power Electronics), Texas A&M University
  • MS (2006) Electrical engineering (Power- Power Electronics), University of Tehran, Iran
  • BS (2002) Electrical Engineering (Electronics), Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

Honors & Awards

  • Best Paper Award, Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition 2016

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    • IEEE Industry Applications Society
    • IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
    • IEEE Women in Engineering
    • Industrial Electronics Society
    • Power and Energy Society
    • Power Electronics Society
  • Society of Women Engineers

Research Overview

design, modeling and control of power converters, power electronics for renewable energy systems, microgrids, variable speed drives and wireless power transfer

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Selected Publications

  • K. Mozaffari and M. Amirabadi, A Multifunction Series Inductive AC-Link Universal Power Converter with Reduced-Switch Count, Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), San Antonio, TX, 2018
  • M. Khodabandeh, E. Afshari, M. Amirabadi, A Single-Stage Soft-Switching High-Frequency AC-Link PV Inverter: Design, Analysis, and Evaluation of Si-based and SiC-based Prototypes, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 2018
  • E. Afshari, M. Khodabandeh, M. Amirabadi, A Single Stage Capacitive AC-Link AC-AC Power Converter, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 2018
  • K. Mozaffari, M. Amirabadi, Y. Deshpande, A Single-Phase Inverter/Rectifier Topology with Suppressed Double-Frequency Ripple, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 2018
  • A. Alfares, E. Afshari, M. Amirabadi, and B. Lehman, A Modular SCR-Based DC-DC Converter for Medium Voltage Direct Current (MVDC) Grid Applications, IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 2017
  • M. Khodabandeh and M. Amirabadi, Closed-Loop Control of a Capacitive-Link Universal Converter with Minimum Number of Voltage Sensors, IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 2017


Apr 19, 2019

PhD Student Wins Outstanding Presentation Award in 2019 IEEE APEC

ECE PhD student Ehsan Afshari from Professor Mahshid Amirabadi’s group received the award for the Outstanding Presentation at 2019 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) held in Anaheim, CA. The award was given for the research on the development of multiport universal power converters.


Apr 02, 2019

Amirabadi Awarded Patent

ECE Assistant Professor Mahshid Amirabadi awarded a patent for "Power conversion devices and control methods therefor". Abstract Source: USPTO Power conversion devices with control algorithms that can solve the double frequency harmonic problem are provided, as are techniques for controlling power converters when the instantaneous values of input and output power are not the same.


Jan 10, 2018

Amirabadi and Lehman Awarded $660K from ARPA-E and MassCEC for Transformational Energy Technology

ECE Assistant Professor Mahshid Amirabadi and ECE Professor Brad Lehman were awarded $628K in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and $33K from Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).


Mar 22, 2017

Amirabadi Awarded Patent

ECE Assistant Professor Mahshid Amirabadi awarded a patent for "Sparse and Ultra-Sparse Partial Resonant Converters". Abstract Source: USPTO The AC portion of the input of the ultra-sparse partial resonant power converter contains three pairs of forward-conducting-bidirectional-blocking switches connected in a first direction, and two pairs of forward-conducting-forward-blocking devices connected in a second direction to the three […]


Jan 24, 2017

Amirabadi Receives ONR Grant

ECE Assistant Professor Mahshid Amirabadi was awarded a $274K grant from ONR to develop "A New Class of Modular Power Converters for Next-Generation Shipboard Power Systems." This project seeks innovative solutions for concurrent and dramatic increases in power density, lifetime, efficiency, modularity, and watts per dollar of shipboard power systems. The new class of modular AC-AC converters resulting […]


Jan 12, 2017

Amirabadi Receives ARPA-E Grant

ECE Assistant Professor Mahshid Amirabadi was awarded a $240K grant from ARPA-E to develop "A New Class of Soft-Switching Capacitive-Link Universal Converters for Photovoltaic Application".

Sep 23, 2016

ECE Assistant Professor Mahshid Amirabadi Receives the Best Paper Award

ECE Assistant Professor Mahshid Amirabadi, received the Best Paper Award at the 8th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (ECCE 2016). Her paper was entitled "Cuk-Based Universal Converters in Discontinuous Conduction Mode of Operation."

Aug 23, 2016

NSF Workshop on Power Electronics

ECE Professor Brad Lehman (PI) and Assistant Professor Mahshid Amirabadi (co-PI) were awarded $50K to host a Workshop on Power Electronics at NSF this fall.

Apr 21, 2016

I.Q. Spotlight: Professor Mahshid Amirabadi

Assistant Professor Mahshid Amirabadi has made some big moves in her life to now find herself doing research, running a lab, and teaching at Northeastern. From Tehran to College Station, Texas, from Texas to Chicago, and from Chicago to her new home, Boston. Professor Amirabadi's interest is in power electronics and her research leans mainly […]

Sep 04, 2015

New Faculty Spotlight: Mahshid Amirabadi

Mahshid Amirabadi joins the Electrical and Computer Engineering department in Fall 2015 as an Assistant Professor.

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