Columbia University

Saleh SoltanLinkedinIcon

Ph.D. Student

Electrical Engineering
Columbia University

Office: 807 CEPSR
Phone: 212-854-7472
Email: saleh[at]


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 mobile and wireless networking, computer networks, network science, graph theory and combinatorics, and power system analysis. His current research is studying the vulnerability of the power grids to cascading failures. His research focuses on 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

  • 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, D. Mazauric, and G. Zussman, “Cascading Failures in Power Grids – Analysis and Algorithms,” in Proc. ACM e-Energy’14 (to appear), June 2014. [Download]
  • Dorian Mazauric, SalehSoltan, Gil Zussman,” Computational Analysis of Cascading Failures in Power Networks”, in Proc. ACM SIGMETRICS’13 (poster description), June 2013.

Technical Report

  • 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)