Center for Complex Engineering Systems
Abdullah Alawad is currently a Research Specialist at the Center for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES) at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Abdullah received his bachelor degree from Qassim University (QU) in Saudi Arabia where he graduated as the valedictorian with a degree in Electrical Power Engineering in 2013. Areas that he had focused on in his studies include Power System Analysis, Power System Design, Electrical Machines, Power System Protection, and Power Electronics. As part of his graduation project, Abdullah worked on the optimization and configuration of electrical distribution networks. Furthermore, in 2012 Abdullah worked as a coop engineer trainee at ABB Group Company in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
At CCES, Abdullah is currently working on the modeling and analysis of Renewable Energy Systems with a focus on Solar Energy systems. He is part of both the Strategic Solar Desalination Network (SSDN) project and the Sustainable Infrastructure Planning System (SIPS) project.
Abdullah's research interests include: power system analysis, simulation, design, and protection, analysis of electric machinery, and power electronics design. In addition, he is interested in optimization of electrical transmission and distribution networks, renewable energy resources modeling, smart grid utilization, and grid connection of renewable energy resources.