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Dr. Saifur Rahman




Dr. Saifur Rahman is the director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. As a Fellow of the IEEE, Dr. Rahman is currently serving as the Vice President for Publications for the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES). In 2006 he served as the Vice President of the IEEE Publications Board, and as a member of the IEEE Board of Directors. He is the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He is a member-at-large of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee. Prof. Rahman is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE and in that capacity he has given lectures on the topics of his research interests in over 30 countries on all six continents. He has published over four hundred papers/articles in his areas of expertise. His research at Virginia Tech has been sponsored by - among others - the US National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy, the US Agency for International Development and various electric power companies in the US, Japan and Indonesia.

Dr. Rahman joined Virginia Tech in 1979 as an assistant professor after serving on the faculty at Texas A&M University, later on becoming a full professor of electrical engineering at Virginia Tech in 1987. In 2005 he was named the Joseph R. Loring Professor of electrical engineering. In 1992-93 he spent a year with the Tokyo Electric Power Company in Japan as a research engineer in their Artificial Intelligence Laboratory working on energy efficiency and demand side management. Following this assignment Dr. Rahman was named the director of the Center for Energy and the Global Environment at Virginia Tech in 1994. Two years later, Dr. Rahman joined the U.S. National Science Foundation as the program director in charge of the Energy Systems Program, a position he held until September 1998. In 1998 he was named the founding director of the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute. Dr. Rahman chairs the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering.

Dr. Rahman has also worked as an electrical engineer with the Carolina Power & Light Company (now Duke Energy) in North Carolina and the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. He has consulted for the World Bank, US Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations Development Program. He has served as a program reviewer for the US National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, University Grants Commission in Hong Kong, the Qatar National Research Foundation and the National Research Foundation of the UAE.

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