Ali Tajer, an assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, has won a $500,000 Career Award from the National Science Foundation for his research on security of electrical grids.
The Career Award is given through the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program and is designed to give promising junior faculty at research universities significant funding to allow them to pursue research of critical importance to the public
The grant is also going to support efforts by Tajer and RPI to provide education on the research to K-12 students and undergrads through RPI’s Rensselaer Engineering Ambassadors
The Career Award is one of the most competitive NSF grants given to junior faculty. Tajer joined RPI’s faculty in 2014
Tajer works on mathematical statistics and network information theory with applications in power grids, wireless communications and complex networks. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and a master of arts in statistics and doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University