Motaz Ayiad

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Project 14:  Enhancement to SCADA/EMS for hybrid AC/DC networks – EFACEC, Portugal

I am a fresh MSc graduate from Imperial College London in Future Power Networks (2017).  I am originally from Palestine – Gaza strip, where I studied my BSc in Mechatronics Engineering at Al Azhar University.  I had obtained a First class degree, and as a result, I was hired as a Teaching Assistant from 2015 to 2016.  During this role, I gained experiences in teaching, presenting and organizing.

In addition, I was given a chance to participate in the first smartmeters project in Gaza. My role was to program and set up a separate software to perform demand-side management in the form of load limiting. This was the moment where my research interests changed from mechatronics and robotics to power and smartgrids.  Furthermore, the huge shortage of electricity in my country (2 to 4 hours a day in Gaza) motivated me to complete my studies in the power sector.

In 2016, I was awarded a full scholarship from Hani Al-Qaddumi Foundation to obtain a Master degree from Imperial College London, and I selected the course in Future Power Networks.  This course provided me with state-of-the-art in the power field, different technologies, topologies and innovative ideas.  My MSc dissertation was based on demand-side modelling and state estimation on a low voltage network (customer side).

After my MSc, I decided to obtain a PhD degree before going into the industrial field.  I received three offers for fully-funded PhDs in Luxembourg, the UK and in Portugal on the InnoDC project.  I selected Marie–Curie funded InnoDC.  I believe being part of this wide-scale project will benefit my practical experience along with academia, and I will meet, attend and participate in many activities that will help me in many aspects of life.  In fact, the first challenge now is to learn Portuguese :D.

My participation in the InnoDC project will be in the SCADA level, where HVDC and HVAC networks need to be monitored at the same time and in real-time.  There are many challenges to this topic, but it is always possible with the collaboration and feedback from other ESRs, along with hard work and wise supervision.

Outside the world of work and study, I enjoy spending hours fishing and taking photos of landscapes, sunsets, fireworks and thunder & lightning.  I used to play video games, but I do not find much time nowadays.  Also, I am an experienced war survivor who witnessed three destructive wars in 2008, 2012 and 2014.  Therefore, you can count on me during hard times and working under “pressure”.

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