Dr. Sabzehgar is specialized in several areas related to Electrical Engineering including power electronics, energy harvesting, renewable energies, control applications in sustainable energy systems, mechatronics, and electric/hybrid electric vehicles. Prior joining San Diego State University, he was a faculty member of School of Energy at British Columbia Institute of Technology and the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University, Metro Vancouver, Canada, where he also received his Ph.D. degree and continued his research as a postdoctoral fellow.

Dr. Sabzehgar have taught courses/labs on Power Electronics, Electronics Circuits, Industrial Electronics, Industrial Control, Microelectronics, and Electro-Mechanical Sensors and Actuators. His current research is focused on power electronics converters with application to energy harvesting from renewable energy sources and smart grids. Dr. Sabzehgar have published several articles in high impact factor journals and high quality conference proceedings in the above areas sponsored by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Dr. Sabzehgar served as vice-chair and chair of Power Electronics Chapter of IEEE Vancouver, Canada. He also served as referee for several journals and conferences such as IET Journal on Power Electronics, Elsevier Journal on Ocean Engineering, Journal of Development and Applications of Oceanic Engineering, American Control Conference, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Conferences, and Iranian Conference on Electrical Engineering.


Notes to potential graduate applicants:

Positions are available in both M.SC. and Ph.D. levels on the availability of funds. Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of San Diego State University offers a Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in collaboration with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). For more information please see here.



- Mr. Alan Dulgeroff, the Director of Strategic Planning and Business Optimization for San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), will be our guest speaker on November 16, 2016. His presentation will be on “The Power systems will realize more change in the next 10 years than the last 100” which will be held in room#AH-3113 starting at 2:00pm.

- Many thanks to Prof. Keyue Smedley from University of California-Irvine for her inspiring talk on “Renovating the Power System” presented on October 27, 2016.

- Many thanks to Mr. Alan Dulgeroff, the Director of Strategic Planning and Business Optimization for San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), for his inspiring talk on “Increasing Role of Power Electronics in the Grid of Future” presented on October 10, 2016.

- Summer 2016 research program on SDSU smart microgrid was commenced on May 23, 2016 

- I will be offering a new graduate course EE-600 (Advanced Power Electronics) in Spring 2016. EE-484 (Power Electronics) or equivalent course in power electronics is the mandatory pre-requisite. All SDSU and UCSD graduate students, who passed the pre-requisite course, with power and energy major are encouraged to take this course.

- EAGEL (Emerging and Advanced Green Energy Laboratory) is offering a free training session for smart microgrid and power electronics in December 2015. Only, students who passed EE-484 with a grade of B+ or more are eligible to apply. In this workshop, participants would have access to the state-of-art smart microgrid emulators with dedicated simulation software and built-in Hardware-In-Loop (HIL). Participants would complete a short project in microgrid. The final report should be submitted in IEEE publications standard format. Only three qualified applicants would be admitted. Please email me (rsabzehgar@mail.sdsu.edu) your request along with your grade for EE-484.

E101B, Engineering Building

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182-1309   

Reza Sabzehgar, Ph.D.

Tel: 619-594-7791

Fax: 619-594-2654

Email: rsabzehgar@mail.sdsu.edu