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Canada’s aging electrical power grid was designed to power homes, businesses and industry, long before electric vehicles hit the road. Over the past decade, a major shift in the electric power distribution grid has seen renewable energy and the electrification of the transportation sector, including cars, trucks, buses and trains, emerge. The demand to establish an electric vehicle charging infrastructure and energy storage systems has raised concerns over electrical grid sustainability and security. Dr. Walid Morsi Ibrahim, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at UOIT. His latest research aims to address critical issues of resiliency and cyber security within the electrical power grid. Awarded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Dr. Morsi's research will explore ways to safeguard Canada’s electrical grid operation in the event of a natural disaster or cyberattack. An expert in smart grid design and analysis, his robust research agenda focuses on the smooth integration of renewable energy and transportation electrification into the electrical power grid to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Situated in Canada’s energy hub, Dr. Morsi joined UOIT in 2010 as an Assistant Professor. He has collaborated on the development of UOIT’s unique Smart Grid specialization for third-year students in the Electrical Engineering undergraduate program. Dr. Morsi is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. In 2016, he was named Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to the advancement of power systems and smart grid technology. He has received numerous awards for his work including Best Paper Award, IEEE International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems. Inspired by engineering design, he earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Suez Canal University in Ismailia, Egypt. He moved to Canada and completed his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2009, at a time when interest in power systems and smart grid technology was gaining ground. Dr. Morsi was previously appointed Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Expertise


Outstanding Master's Thesis Award, UOIT

April 1, 2017

Under the supervision of Dr. Morsi, Jessie Michael Gillis, Master of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering student received the 2017 Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award for his thesis entitled: Time-Frequency Analysis Techniques for Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring.

Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

July 1, 2016

Dr. Morsi was appointed to this role for his contributions to advancing the field.

Poster Award, 9th Annual Design Exhibition, UOIT

April 1, 2015

Dr. Morsi and his students received this award for their poster entitled: Intelligent Energy Monitoring System Design for Smart Homes.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo

January 1, 2013

In this role, Dr. Morsi collaborates on research projects and supervises student research.

Poster Award, 6th Annual Design Exhibition, UOIT

April 1, 2012

Dr. Morsi and his students received this award for their poster entitled: Solar Generation Tracking System.

Centre of Learning and Teaching Award, UOIT

May 1, 2011

Dr. Morsi received this award for Improvement in Teaching Scores.

Best Paper Award, IEEE International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems

January 1, 2010

Dr. Morsi received this award for his paper entitled: A New Islanding Detection Approach Using Wavelet Packet Transform for Wind-based Distributed Generation.

Dalhousie University

2009
PhD - Electrical Engineering

Suez Canal University

2002
MSc - Electrical Engineering

Suez Canal University

1998
BSc - Electrical Engineering
  • Managing the Impact of the Electrified Transportation Sector on the Electric Grid

    $132,000  | April 1, 2012

    Awarded by: NSERC Discovery Grant
    As principal investigator of this major, six-year research program, Dr. Morsi is focused on developing solutions for the technical problems facing Canada’s electrical power grid with the emergence of plug-in electric vehicles and their charging infrastructure. He is developing design standards to ensure the smooth integration of these vehicles into the transportation sector.

  • Energy Automation and Management Infrastructure for Smart Resilient Self-Healing Grid Research Laboratory

    $127,531  | August 15, 2017

    Awarded by: Canada Foundation for Innovation
    As principal investigator of this research project, Dr. Morsi will explore ways the electrical grid could sustain a natural disaster or cyberattack, and remain fully operational.

  • Opportunistic Smart Meter Data Analysis for Smart Sensing

    $25,000  | March 1, 2016

    Awarded by: NSERC Engage Grant
    In partnership with Whitby Hydro, Dr. Morsi is principal investigator of this research project to improve the effectiveness of demand response programs for smart meters. He has developed a smart meter app to provide customers with information about home appliance use, which allows the utility to extract usage information.

  • Distribution Transformer Sizing in Active Distribution Systems Embedded with Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic

    $25,000  | March 1, 2015

    Awarded by: NSERC Engage Grant
    Large-scale penetration of rooftop solar photovoltaic has become very problematic to many electric utilizing causing voltage issues and asset failure. Dr. Morsi is principal investigator of this research project to optimally design the smart active distribution system to enable high penetration of rooftop solar photovoltaic.

  • Intelligent Single-Point Energy Consumption Monitoring for Intensive Energy Sectors Applications

    $222,000  | March 1, 2013

    Awarded by: NSERC/Collaborative Research and Development Grant
    Extracting accurate energy profiles through single-point measurement from large energy consumers has been extremely challenging. As principal investigator of this three-year research project, Dr. Morsi has developed smart monitoring algorithms that use advanced signal processing techniques to extract energy profiles using one-point measurement to optimize smart sensing and reduce monitoring costs.

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

  • IEEE Power Engineering Society

  • Professional Engineers Ontario

  • Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

Involvement


  • Past speaking engagements
    • Impact of Second-Generation Plug-In Battery Electric Vehicles on the Aging of Distribution Transformers Considering TOU Prices

      Boston, Massachusetts
      July 17, 2016

      IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting

    • Smart Grid Research

      Oshawa, Ontario
      January 1, 2015

      IEEE Research Showcase

    • Understanding Power Quality in Smart Grids

      Toronto, Ontario
      May 5, 2011

      10th IEEE International Conference for Upcoming Engineers

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