Alexis Kwasinski

Associate Professor

University of Pittsburgh

Alexis Kwasinski is currently a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously he was a tenured Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. After receiving a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology he worked for Telefonica and, then, Lucent Technologies. In 2005 and 2007, respectively, he received an M.S. and a Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kwasinski’s research interests include the study of critical infrastructure resilience by modeling their performance during extreme events and characterizing the effects of dependencies and interdependencies. He has more than 100 publications in this area, including an upcoming book entitled “Resilience Engineering for Power and Communications Systems: Networked Infrastructure in Extreme Events.” As part of his studies about resilience of critical infrastructures he has conducted more than 20 field damage assessments in areas affected by natural disasters including hurricanes Katrina, Ike, Sandy, Maria and, more recently, Ian; and the earthquakes that affected Chile in 2010, New Zealand in 2011 and Japan in 2011. Dr. Kwasinski received an NSF CAREER award and the IEEE PELS Joseph J. Suozzi INTELEC Fellowship. He is also the current chair of IEEE Power Electronics Society Technical Committee #7 (Critical Power and Energy Storage Systems). He also contributed to NIST’s community resilience program.