Dr. Mehrdad Pirnia received his Ph.D. degree from University of Waterloo in 2014 in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Power Systems Optimization) under the supervision of Professor Claudio A. Cañizares and Professor Kankar Bhattacharya. He has also obtained his MASc degree in Management Sciences (Optimization Specialty), under the supervision of Professor J. David Fuller. The main focus of his research during his Ph.D. program was on stochastic modeling and analysis of power systems with intermittent energy sources. Also, during his MASc program he worked on the applications of optimization in electricity markets, focusing on electric generation capacity expansion planning and electricity pricing. Currently, he is a faculty member at the University of Waterloo, Department of Management Sciences. His research interests lie at the intersection of operations research, economics and power systems engineering. He employs data-driven models and proposes solution methodologies and tools to build economically efficient and environmentally friendly energy systems.