Eddie S. Dehdashti is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Power Applications and Research Systems, Inc. (PARS). He has over thirty years of experience in system studies, analysis and research and development of new methods and techniques in power system design and planning with focus on deregulated electricity markets. His experiences includes electric utility, engineering consulting, central wholesale energy markets, market participation, energy trading and brokerage.
At PARS he has developed software and provided analysis and services to Central wholesale markets such as the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the Midwest Independent System Operator/Grid America (MISO), Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and other major consulting firms such as ABB, Nexant, Perot systems and Alstom-ESCA. He has served as an industry advisor to many research projects at the Electric Power Research Institute and the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC).
Prior to founding PARS, he was the program manager at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) Research and Development Department overlooking multi-million dollar research programs on transmission systems and deregulated electricity markets. His responsibilities included international research collaborations with Japan, France and the U.K. While at PG&E, he participated in the WEPEX initiative which ultimately lead to the creation of the first competitive wholesale electricity market known as the California Independent System Operator. During his tenure at PG&E, Dr. Dehdashti won the President George Maneatis's award for innovative ideas.
Prior to Pacific Gas and Electric, he worked for LEMCO Engineers in St. Louis, Missouri, focusing on the design and analysis of power systems for developing countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Dehdashti has a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Missouri. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of California and is a senior member of the IEEE and the current chairman of the IEEE Task Force on Energy Trading. Dr. Dehdashti has authored many technical articles and numerous reports, and has chaired and/or addressed many international conferences on deregulated electricity markets and power system dynamic performance.
Mr. Eric Stoddard, Vice President, Business Development Eric Stoddard is the Vice President of Business Development at PARS. Mr. Stoddard has over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector both in the United States and internationally. He has developed business in more than 40 countries on 6 continents including Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Mr. Stoddard’s professional experience has included the U.S. Department of State, General Physics and the Bechtel Group. His core competency is in Business Development, Project Management and solving complex issues which are vital to the operation of PARS. Mr. Stoddard has B.S. Psychology and M.O.B in Organization Behavior from Brigham Young University. His Masters Report is in the Journal of the Academy of Management.
Dr. Hamid Elhahi, Executive Consultant Dr. Hamid Elahi has over 32 years of experience in the electric power industry and overseas research and development activities at PARS. His core competency is electric power transmission system studies and analysis including synchronous machines, renewable resources, modeling, system dynamics and transient stability.
Prior to joining PARS Dr. Elahi retired from General Electric Company as the General Manager of GE's Energy Consulting Division where he oversaw GE's Energy Consulting activities worldwide. Dr. Elahi received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Iowa State University. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE and has over 40 IEEE, IEE and CIGRE publicatios and has received five Industry Awards.
Dr. Nivad Navid, MBA, Senior Consultant Nivad has over 30 years of experience in electric power utility industry, ranging from system planning, operation, reliability, security and design. In his career, he has provided technical solutions and directions to the various departments involved in maintaining and enhancing power grid and energy markets within an RTO/ISO environment. Furthermore, he has provided expert services in energy policies and compliance.
Prior to joining PARS, he was a Principal Market Analysis in Market Development and Analysis Department at PG&E responsible for market analysis and enhancements. Before PG&E, Dr. Navid held various leaqdership positions in the Midcontinent ISO (MISO) working on reliability, market and seams projects. Also, he held positions in Siemens, CAE Electronics and Power engineering consultants.Early in his career Nivad was heavily involved in substation design, relay and system protection systems.
toddard, Vice President, Business DevelopmentNivad received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada,. His MBA from Anderson University Indiana. He is also a senior member of IEEE.
Dr. Parviz Adib- Senior Consultant Parviz Adib is a Senior Consultant at PARS. He is an economist with core competency in the regulatory and economic aspects of wholesale markets, retail markets, generator interconnection, power transmission and distribution systems including smart metering, and the development of value added retail services to meet consumers’ needs and preferences.
Dr. Adib has over thirty years of professional experience from which twenty one years were with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). He also served as a Director of APX (Automated Power Exchange) in California providing consulting services to various clients. Dr. Adib was also the former Chairman of the Energy Inter-market Surveillance Group (EISG), an organization that includes Market Monitoring Units (MMUs) in various electricity markets in the United States and all around the world. Dr. Adib has provided private consultations on a wide variety of regulatory and market related issues including energy efficiency and demand responses; and participated in industry activities to enhance the development of environmental commodities markets, such as renewable energy credit and carbon offsets.
In the wholesale markets area, Dr. Adib served as the first Market Monitor for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). He also played pivotal role in the design of the wholesale markets there and advised the Texas Commission on emerging issues facing the electric industry and market rules that govern competitive operation of the wholesale and retail electricity markets.
Dr. Adib completed his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Texas at Austin where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses.
Dr. Mohammad Vaziri- Senior Consultant Mohammad Vaziri, Ph.D., P.E. is a Senior COnsultant at PARS with over twenty four years of electric utility experience . His areas of competency include generator interconnections, micro grids, transmission and distribution, planning, design and implementation of protective relay schemes and settings for tranmission and distribution systems.
Mohammad Vaziri's professional experience includes lead positions the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) in Folsom, California, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) University in Washington, and at the California State University in Sacramento.
Mohammad has hands on experience with transmissionand distribution planning tools and studies, such as; short circuit, power flow, transient stability simulations and the generator interconnection. While at PG&E, he was the company’s representative on the California public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Rule 21, and the IEEE 1547 Technical committees setting technical criteria for interconnection of Distributed Generation (DG) . While at the CAISO, hewas responsible for setting Protection Criteria for normal and emergency operation of major transmission systems in California.
Dr. Vaziri received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University at Pullman, WA and he is a registered professional engineer in the State of California.
Todd Flora - Senior Software Consultant Todd’s core competency is his ability to turn a set of business requirements into a workable software specification. He also has proven skills in the oversight and implementation of software specifications for several industries with the past 15 years focusing on the power industry. Todd’s power industry experience includes, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) in Folsom, California, NP Energy in Louisville Kentucky, the California Department of Water Resources CDWR in Sacramento, California, and Power Costs Incorporated in Norman Oklahoma. Todd has designed and participated in the development of a number of key software products for the aforementioned organizations.
Todd has extensive hands on experience with several software development technologies including, Oracle, MS SQL Server, Java, J2EE, JMS, JDBC, JAXB, JBoss, Weblogic, Tomcat, and so forth. Todd has worked extensively with Message Driven, Web Service Enabling, Service Oriented Architectures (SOA). Todd is a proponent of Continuous Integration techniques using products such as Maven, TeamCity, Ant Hill Pro, Mercury Quality Center, Git, SVN etc. and has had several years of experience setting up and maintaining Build systems. He has strong roots in Test Driven development and has proven experience in full life cycle development.
Todd's many years of diverse experience in several software disciplines makes him a well rounded technical lead and his proven track record is a recipe for success on large scale enterprise projects, of which he has seen again and again go into production and satisfy his customers software development needs.