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Dr. Selma Awadallah

Dr. Selma Awadallah

Engineering Assistant Professor

Office Number: 241C
Office Phone: 4423.0408


Dr. Selma Awadallah joined Texas A&M at Qatar on 1 Jan. 2023 as Engineering Assistant Professor. She received her B.Sc. degree from the University of Khartoum in Sudan and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Manchester (UK). After her Ph.D., she worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.

Dr. Awadallah joined Texas A&M at Qatar from Neom Energy and Water, where she led the power system study group and renewable integration. Prior to Neom, she worked as a Senior Power System Engineer at National Grid UK from 2015 to 2021. She was shortlisted for the Female Engineer of the Year Award, National Grid, in 2019 and 2020. Awadallah has volunteered with IEEE PES in several roles and is currently a member of the IEEE PES Long Range Planning committee. Awadallah is registered as a chartered engineer with the Engineering Council, UK.

Awadallah’s research interests include the following:

  • Power transformer lifetime and reliability modeling.
  • Reliability application in transmission planning and decision-making.
  • Renewable integration into transmission networks.

 

Education

2014

PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, UK

Thesis title “Probabilistic Methodology for Prioritising Replacement of Ageing Power Transformer Based on Reliability Assessment of Transmission System”

2010

MSc Electrical Power Systems Engineering with Distinction, The University of Manchester, UK

2009

PG Dipl Electrical Power Engineering, University of Khartoum, Sudan

2003

BSc (Honour) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Khartoum, Sudan

Experience

2023 – present

Engineering Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University at Qatar

2021- 2022

Senior Engineer – Renewable Integration, Energy and Water, Neom, Saudi Arabia

2015 - 2021

Senior Power System Engineer, Electricity Transmission, National Grid, UK

2014 - 2015

Research Fellow, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, UK

2006 - 2011

Electrical Engineer, National Electricity Corporation, Sudan

2004 - 2006

Electrical Engineer, Electricity Regulatory Authority, Sudan

2004 - 2004

Graduate Electrical Engineer, MASA Engineering, Sudan

Awards

2020

Runner-up for National Grid Female Engineer of the Year Award

2019

Shortlisted for National Grid Female Engineer of the Year Award

2018

Registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng), IET

2015

Research presentation competition winner to represent The University of Manchester at Seminar for Next Generation Researchers in Power Systems held at University of Washington, Seattle, USA

2011

PhD scholarship funded by National Grid, UK

2009

MSc scholarship funded by National Electricity Corporation, Sudan

Honors

Published Papers

1. S. K. E. Awadallah and J. V. Milanović,  "A Probabilistic Methodology for Inclusion of Transformer End-of-life Failure in Power System Cascading Failure Simulations," 2022 17th International Conference on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems (PMAPS), Manchester, United Kingdom, 2022, pp. 1-6,

2. S. K. E. Awadallah, J. V. Milanović and P. N. Jarman, "Deriving Transformer Equivalent Age for Power System Reliability Assessment from Asset Condition Score," 2020 International Conference on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems (PMAPS), 2020, pp. 1-6.

3. S. K. E. Awadallah, J. V. Milanović and P. N. Jarman, "Quantification of Uncertainty in End-of-Life Failure Models of Power Transformers for Transmission Systems Reliability Studies," in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 4047-4056, Sept. 2016.

4. M. Buhari, V. Levi and S. K. E. Awadallah, "Modelling of Ageing Distribution Cable for Replacement Planning," in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 3996-4004, Sept. 2016.

5. S. K. E. Awadallah, J.V. Milanović, Zhongdong Wang, and Paul N. Jarman, “'Overview of Power System Reliability Assessment Considering Age Related Failure of Equipment'” IEEE PES GM, Denver, CO, 26 - 30 July 2015.

6. S. K. E. Awadallah, J.V. Milanović, Zhongdong Wang, and Paul N. Jarman, “Assessment of Suitability of Different Reliability Importance Measures for Prioritising Replacement of Transmission System Components” IEEE Eindhoven PowerTech 2015, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 29 June - 2 July 2015.

7. S. K. E. Awadallah, J. V. Milanovic and P. N. Jarman, “The Influence of Modelling Transformer Age Related Failures on System Reliability”, IEEE Trans. on Power System, vol.30, no.2, pp.970-979, March 2015.

8. S. K. E. Awadallah, J. V. Milanovic and P. N. Jarman, “Reliability based framework for cost-effective replacement of power transmission equipment”, IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, vol.29, no.5, pp.2549-2557, Sept. 2014.

9. S. K. E. Awadallah, J. V. Milanovic, P. N. Jarman, and Z. D. Wang “Probabilistic indicators for assessing age and loading based criticality of transformers to cascading failure events”, IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, vol.29, no.5, pp.2558-2566, Sept. 2014.

10. J. Dragosavac, Z. Janda, D. Arnautovic, S. K. E. Awadallah, J.V. Milanovic, "Intra-plant reactive power-voltage control: Practices, drawbacks and challenges," PES General Meeting, 2014, 27-31 July 2014.

11. S. K. E. Awadallah, J. V. Milanovic and P. N. Jarman, “Assessment of probability of thermal stress induced dependent failure of aged power transformer”, in Proc. of Cigre SC A2 & C4 Joint Colloquium, Zurich, Sep 2013

12. S. K. E. Awadallah and J. V. Milanovic, “Quantification of aleatory and epistemic uncertainty in bulk power system reliability evaluation”, presented at IEEE PES Grenoble PowerTech 2013, Grenoble, France. 2013.

13. S. K. E. Awadallah, J. V. Milanovic and Z.D. Wang, “Probabilistic identification of power system reliability map” presented at 12th international conference on Probabilistic Method applied to Power systems PMAPS, Istanbul, Turkey. 2012.

14. S. K. E. Awadallah, J. Dragosavac, Z. Janda and J. V. Milanovic, “Mathematical model of steam power plant for voltage and reactive power control”, presented at IEEE Trondheim PowerTech 2011; Trondheim, Norway. 2011.

Papers in Preparation

1. S. K. E. Awadallah, Somjit Mohanty and Forooz Ghassemi," Transeint Overvoltage Transfer and Amplification in a 400kV Network – A Case Study" submitted to 15th IPST2023 International Conference on Power System Transient, Thessaloniki, Greece 2023.