Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ian Dobson is interested in the risk of large blackouts caused by a complicated series of cascading events. For example, the August 2003 blackout of Northeastern America cut electric power to 50 million people. Although these large blackouts are infrequent, they have a major impact on our society. Dobson believes that we need to be able quantify the risk of large blackouts so that the nation can make cost-effective investments in the reliability of our power transmission grids.