Columbia University

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Ph.D. Student

Electrical Engineering
Columbia University

Office: 808 CEPSR
Phone: 212-854-7472
Email: saleh[at]
CV (updated 02/09/2015)


Saleh Soltan graduated with B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics (double major) from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in June 2011 and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in October 2012.

His research interests include algorithms, network science, graph theory and combinatorics, mobile and wireless networking, computer networks, and power system analysis. His current research is studying the vulnerability of the power grids to cascading failures. His research focuses on studying the structural properties of the power grid networks, developing new models to study the behavior of power grids, providing algorithms to find the most vulnerable and important parts of the power network, and analyzing the complexity of these algorithms.


Columbia University, New York, NY

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Sept. 2012-Present
    Advisor: Prof. Gil Zussman
    GPA: 4.22/4.00
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Sept. 2011-Sept. 2012
    Advisor: Prof. Gil Zussman
    GPA: 4.06/4.00

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Communication Systems, Sept. 2006-June 2011
    Thesis topic: Matrix Completion Applications in Signal Processing
    Advisor: Prof. Massoud Babaei-Zadeh
  • B.S., Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Sept. 2006-June 2011

Combined GPA: 17.4/20

Honors and Awards

  • DTRA Basic Research Technical Review Best Poster Award, 2014
  • Columbia University Electrical Engineering Armstrong Memorial Award (awarded to one outstanding candidate for the M.S.), 2013
  • Iran four-year National Elite Foundation Fellowship, 2007
  • Exempted from the Iranian qualification exam for undergraduate program as an “Exceptional Talented Student”, 2006
  • Gold Medalist of the 23rd National Mathematics Olympiad (among top 12 students in the nation chosen for the Iran International Mathematics Olympiad IMO team),2005
  • Bronze Medalist of the 22nd National Mathematics Olympiad (among top 42 students in Iran), 2004


Conference Proceedings

  • S. Soltan, M. Yannakakis, and G. Zussman, “Joint cyber and physical attacks on power grids: Graph theoretical approaches for information recovery,” in Proc. ACM SIGMETRICS’15, 2015.[Slides] [Download]
  • S. Soltan, D. Mazauric,  G. Zussman, “Cascading Failures in Power Grids – Analysis and Algorithms,” in Proc. ACM SIGCOMM e-Energy’14 , June 2014. [Download]
  • D. Mazauric, S. Soltan, G. Zussman,” Computational Analysis of Cascading Failures in Power Networks”, in Proc. ACM SIGMETRICS’13 (poster description), June 2013. [Download]


  • Saleh Soltan, Gil Zussman,”A Statistical Method for Synthetic Power Grid Generation based on the U.S. Western Interconnection”,  in SIAM Workshop on Network Science , May 2015. [Download]
  • Saleh Soltan, Gil Zussman,”Analysis of Failures in the Power Grid via the Pseudo-inverse of the Admittance Matrix”,  in SIAM Workshop on Network Science, July 2014. [Download]

Poster Presentation

  • Saleh Soltan, Guy Grebla, Gil Zussman, Daniel Bienstock,”Cascading Failures in the Power Grid – Analytical Properties and Control with Imperfect Observations”, DTRA Basic Research Technical Review,Washington D.C., July 2014. Best Poster Award
  • Saleh Soltan, Dorian Mazauric, Gil Zussman,”Computational Analysis of Cascading Failures in the Power Grid”, DTRA Basic Research Technical Review, Washington D.C., July 2013.
  • Dorian Mazauric, Saleh Soltan, Gil Zussman,”Computational Analysis of Cascading Failures in Power Networks”, DTRA Basic Research Technical Review, Washington D.C., July 2012.

Technical Report

  • S. Soltan and G. Zussman, “Generation of Synthetic Spatially Embedded Power Grid Networks,” arXiv:1508.04447 [cs.SY], Aug. 2015. [Download]
  • S. Soltan, D. Mazauric, and G. Zussman, “Cascading Failures in Power Grids – Analysis and Algorithms,”  Columbia University, Electrical Engineering, Tech. report #2014-01-20, Jan. 2014.  [Download]


Teaching Assistant

  • CSEE W4119 – Computer Networking (Columbia University, Fall 2012)
  • ELEN E6201 – Linear Systems Theory (Columbia University, Spring 2012,2014)


Columbia University in the City of New York

  • Analysis of Algorithms I (CSOR W4231)
  • Stochastic Models in Info Systm (ELEN E6711)
  • Wireless & Mobile Networking I (ELEN E6950)
  • Intro Computational Complexity (COMS W4236)
  • Deterministic Models (IEOR E4004)
  • Optimization II (IEOR E6614)
  • Comp Math of The Power Grid (IEOR E8100)
  • Intro Social Networks (COMS W4995)
  • Analysis of Algorithms II (COMS E6232)
  • Advanced Machine Learning (COMS W4772)
  • Econ of Social Networks (COMS E6998)
  • Data Mining (STAT W4240)
  • Foundation of Graphical Models (COMS E6998)

Sharif University of Technology

  • Combinatorial Analysis – M.S. Course (22-154)
  • Algebraic Combinatorics – M.S. Course (22-233)
  • Algebraic Graph Theory – M.S. Course (22-234)
  • Information Theory & Coding – M.S. Course (25-128)
  • Neural Networks – M.S. Course (25-443)
  • Digital Signal Processing – M.S. Course (25-155)