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Mahmoud Kabalan

Associate Professor & Director of Center for Microgrid Research

Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • Education
  • PhD in Engineering, Villanova University, 2016
    MS in Electrical Engineering, Villanova University, 2011
    Engineer Diploma, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Lebanese University, 2009

  • Expertise
  • Microgrids, Power Systems, Distributed Energy Resources, Power Electronics

Dr. Mahmoud Kabalan is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Founding Director of the Center for Microgrid Research at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the recipient of the 2023 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant which is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious grant in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their organization.

Dr. Kabalan is the Principal Investigator of more than $22.6 million grants and contracts on electric power systems research and development. His work has been supported by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Minnesota Department of Commerce, and the National Science Foundation. He led and supervised the commissioning of a $3 million industry-grade microgrid on UST’s St Paul campus. A microgrid is a local electric power system that can operate in parallel with the grid and separate, or island, from the grid when the grid is disrupted. The on-campus microgrid is set to expand over the next few years to power multiple buildings on campus and supercharge hands-on education and applied research opportunities.

He has more than 35 peer-reviewed publications on power systems and microgrids. He was a contributing author to multiple industry-wide technical reports on microgrid operations and research. Dr. Kabalan has served as a subject matter expert on multiple state and federal committees such as NSF, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MN PUC).

Dr. Kabalan has been the recipient of multiple awards including the 2019 IEEE Power and Energy Society Twin Cities Outstanding Engineer Award, 2020 IEEE PES Working Group Technical Report Recognition Award, 2020 IEEE Power System Dynamic Performance Committee Working Group/Task Force Award, the 2016 IEEE Philadelphia Young Electrical Engineer of the Year Award, and the Villanova University College of Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.

Dr. Kabalan co-founded LitingPower, a social enterprise that aimed to electrify rural communities in the Philippines. In 2012, he was the project manager and engineer of LitingPower and resided in the Philippines.

He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Minnesota.

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Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahmoud-kabalan-phd-pe-64282122/


M Farrokhabadi, CA Cañizares, JW Simpson-Porco, E Nasr, L Fan"Microgrid stability definitions, analysis, and examples", IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 35 (1), 13-29, 2019.

M Kabalan, P Singh, D Niebur"A design and optimization tool for inverter-based microgrids using large-signal nonlinear analysis", IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid 10 (4), 4566-4576, 2018.

M Kabalan, P Singh, D Niebur"Nonlinear Lyapunov stability analysis of seven models of a DC/AC droop controlled inverter connected to an infinite bus", IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid 10 (1), 772-781, 2017.

M Kabalan, P Singh, D Niebur"Large signal Lyapunov-based stability studies in microgrids: A review", IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid 8 (5), 2287-2295, 2016.