Date of Award

Spring 1998

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Hosseini, Jamshid

Second Advisor

Widera, Otto

Third Advisor

Akhter, Syed H.


This study was particularly motivated by my previous experience in the field of Energy, both academically and professionally. An assistantship was granted to me at CEEECompanhia Estadual de Energia Eletrica, an electric power company in Brazil, when I was an Engineering student. Later, I worked as an engineer for a coal company with some specific training in the United States. My professional experience in the field of energy led to an invitation to work for the House of Representatives of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, as an advisor for energy matters. This job has leveraged me to the position of Director of the Department of Energy, Mining, and Communications for the Government of the State of Rio Grande do Sul. I am also a former Council of lnspection member of CEEE.



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