Carnegie Mellon University

Marija Ilic

Marija Ilic

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • Carnegie Mellon 2002-
Marija Ilic recently joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University as a full professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering Public Policy. She has been a Senior Research Scientist at the EECS Department at MIT since 1987. Her interest is in control and design of large-scale systems. From September 1999 until March 2001, she was a Program Director for Control, Networks and Computational Intelligence at the National Science Foundation. Prior to her years at MIT, she was a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Cornell University. She is a recipient of the First Presidential Young Investigator Award for Power Systems. She is also an IEEE Fellow and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.

She has co-authored several books on the subject of large-scale electric power systems: Ilic and Zaborszky, Dynamics and Control of Large Electric Power Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000; Ilic, Galiana, and Fink (eds.), Power Systems Restructuring: Engineering and Economics, Kluwer Academic Publishers, printing 2000; Allen and Ilic, Price-Based Commitment decisions in the Electricity Markets, Springer-Verlag London Limited, 1999; Ilic and Liu, Hierarchical Power Systems Control: Its Value in a Changing Industry, Springer-Verlag London Limited, 1996; Skantze and Ilic, Valuation, Hedging and Speculation in Competitive Electricity Markets: A Fundamental Approach, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001.


  • D.Sc. (Systems Science and Mathematics) 1980, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • M.Sc. (Systems Science and Mathematics) 1978, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • M.E.E.(Electircal Engineering, Automation) 1977, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • Dipl. Ing.(Electrical Engineering) 1974, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia


  1. M. Ilic and L. Hyman, "Getting it Right the First Time: The Value of Transmission and High Technologies," The Electricity Journal, 9, pp. 8-17, November 1996.
  2. F.D. Galiana and M.D. Ilic, "A Mathematical Framework for the Analysis and Management of Power Transactions Under Open Access," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, PWRS-13, pp. 681-687, May 1998.
  3. M. Ilic, P. Skantze, C-N Yu, L.H. Fink and J. Cardell, "Power Exchange for Frequency Control (PXFC)," Proceedings of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Winter Meeting, February 1999, New York, NY, 1999.
  4. C.N. Yu, J-P Leotard and M. Ilic, "Dynamic Transmission Provision in Competitive Electric Power Industry," Discrete Event Dynamic Systems: Theory and Applications, 9, 351-388, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, MA, 1999.
  5. P. Visudhiphan and M. Ilic, "Dependence of Generation Market Power on the Supply/Demand Ratio: Analysis and Modeling," IEEE PES Winter Meeting, pp. 1115-1122, 2000.
  6. M. Ilic, J.R. Arce, Y. Yoon and E. Fumagali, "Assessing Reliability in the New Environment," The Electricity Journal, pp. 55-67, March 2001.
  7. M. Ilic, "Model-Based Protocols for the Changing Electric Power Industry," Proc. PSCC02, Seville, Spain, June 2002.
  8. Marija Ilic, "The Future Power Grid: Redefining the Value of Reliability," Power Quality Magazine, June 2002 (cover story).
  9. Audun Botterud, Marija Ilic and Ivar Wangensteen, "Optimization of Generation Investments under Uncertainty in Restructured Power Markets," Proc. ISAP03, Lemnos, Greece, August 2003.
  10. Marija Ilic, Eric Hsieh and Prasad Ramanan, "Transmission Pricing of Distributed Multilateral Energy Transactions to Ensure System Security and Guide Economic Dispatch," IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, Special Publication on Industry Restructuring and Tools, May 2003 (to appear).

Research Interests

Large-scale systems modeling and simulation; power systems control and pricing algorithms; critical infrastructures/interdependencies.