BUET: The profiles of IEEE fellows

Professor Dr. Waquar Ahmed, Professor Dr. Waquar Ahmed was the last Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of Ahsanullah Engineering College till 1961. In 1962 Ahsanullah Engineering College became the only Engineering University of the then East Pakistan (Now Bangladesh). Professor Dr. Ahmed became the Director of Technical Education and the Director of Technical Education Professor Dr. M.A. Rashid was appointed as the first Vice-Chancellor of the new University. Professor Dr. Waquar Ahmed is one of the Pioneer Professor of Electrical Engineering of this country. He was from Murshidabad India. Dr. Ahmed obtained his Ph.D from Stanford University of the USA. He was an active educationalist, mentor and researcher in the field of high voltage engineering and semiconductor devices during the 1960s and 1970s, Due to his extraordinary contribution in these fields he was inducted as the first fellow of IEEE (the then AIEE of USA) from this country. Professor Dr. Waquar Ahmed was instrumental in the initial laboratory and curriculum development of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Due to his hard work it was possible to establish various modern laboratories in all the departments of BUET with Colombo Plan Funding. Because of his effort it was also made possible to have linkage between Texas A end M university and BUET for faculty development through exchange program for earning Ph.D degrees by BUET teachers from American universities. Professor Dr. Waquar Ahmed left Bangladesh for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in 1972. He served as a professor of EEE at an university in Ryadth KSA until his demise there.


Professor Dr. Syed A Nasar, Dr. Syed A. Nasar, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at the     University of Kentucky, died on Sunday, January 29, 2012 Dr. Nasar was widely considered the world’s leading authority on electric machinery. His pioneering contributions to education, research, development, and design greatly influenced the field for more than 50 years. He is best known for his research in linear electric machines and novel rotary motors. Dr. Nasar also made significant contributions to the understanding of the edge-effect phenomenon in linear machines. Applications of his work ranged from artificial heart pump drives to transportation systems and electromagnetic launchers.

Syed Abu Nasar was born in Gorakhpur, India on December 25, 1932. He earned his M.S. from Texas A&M University in 1957 and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1963. Both degrees were in electrical engineering.


Professor Dr. Tariq Durrani, Tariq Durrani is Research Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He obtained his MSc and PhD from the University of Southampton in 1967 and 1970 respectively. After doctoral and postdoctoral research at Southampton, he joined the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, as a Lecturer in 1976, and was appointed Professor in 1982, the first on the subject in the UK. He was Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering from 1986 to 1990, and Deputy Principal for the University from 2000-6.

For the past thirty five years, he has worked on and supervised some 60 projects sponsored by the EPSRC, the UK Department of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Defence, the US Navy, EEC-ESPRIT, EU BRITE-EURAM, RACE, and by several industrial organizations. He has supervised more than 40 PhD students and is the author/co-author of some 350 papers and six books. His research interests are in the area of Technology and Educational Management, amongst others.

Professor Durrani has been a Director of: the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce (2001 -onwards) the Scottish Funding Council (2006-09), the UK Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and UK Equality Challenge Unit (2004-09). He has been Vice Chair of the Natural Sciences Committee of the UNESCO UK National Commission (2009-10), and was Vice President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2008-10). He is currently Deputy Convenor of the International Committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Tariq Durrani is currently Vice President of the IEEE for Educational Activities. IEEE is the world’s largest organisation of professional engineers, with some 400,000 members in over 160 countries.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the IEEE. He was awarded the OBE in December 2002 for services to electronics and higher education.


Professor Dr. Saifur Rahman, Dr. Saifur Rahman is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering and the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a distinguished lecturer of the Power & Energy Society. He served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy from 2009 to 2012.

He is the chair of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Committee on International Science and Engineering. He holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

He received an MS in electrical sciences from State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech. Saifur Rahman directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment and the Consortium for Intelligent Grid Research at Virginia Tech. He served as a program director in the Engineering Directorate at NSF from 1996 to 1999. He was a research scientist at the Tokyo Electric Power Company, Japan in 1992-93. He has also worked as an electrical engineer with Progress Energy in North Carolina and the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. He has consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program and the US Agency for International Development. He has served as the chair of the IEEE Publications Board, the Lifelong Learning Committee, Periodicals Committee and the Products and Services Committee. He is currently serving as the vice president for Publications for the IEEE Power & Energy Society, and a member of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee.


Professor Dr. Md. Azizur Rahman, M Azizur Rahman (S’66, M’68, SM’73, Fellow’88) was born in Santahar, Bangladesh on January 09, 1941. He received his early education at the Santahar B.P. High School with Matriculation in 1956, and got his Intermediate in Science from Rajshahi College in 1958. He received the B.Sc. Eng. degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka in 1962.

He obtained the M.A.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto, and the PhD degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in 1965 and 1968, respectively on Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship. In 1962, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, BUET, as a lecturer. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1969, Associate Professor in 1972, and Professor in 1975. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at Technische Hogeschool Eindhoven, Netherlands in 1973 and 1975, a Nuffield Fellow at Imperial College, London, England from 1974 to 1975, and a Visiting Fellow at University of Toronto in 1975 and 1984-1985, a Leung Wai Sun Fellow at University of Hong Kong in 1998. From 1975 to 1976, he was with Teshmont Consultants Ltd., Winnipeg and at University of Manitoba. In September 1976, he joined the Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada, where he currently holds the rank of Professor of Engineering and University Research Professor.

Dr. Rahman has worked as resident consultants to many companies like General Electric Co., Schenectady, NY and Peterborough, Ontario, Iron Ore Company of Canada and the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. He has 42 years of teaching and research experiences at universities including 10 years of full-time concurrent industrial/utility/consulting experiences. He has held Visiting Professorships at the Nanyang Technological University (1991-1992, 1999-2000), Tokyo Institute of Technology (1992) and Tokyo Science University (1999). He has so far published over 505 articles including some 126 IEEE Transactions/Journal papers, 2 books, 4 book chapters and holds 11 patents. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ontario and Newfoundland, a member of IEE Japan, a Fellow of IEEE and IEE (UK), a Life Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.

Dr. Aziz Rahman has received numerous IEEE and other professional awards including Cyril Veinott Electromechanical Energy Conversion Award of IEEE Power Engineering Society 2003, IEEE Third Millennium Medal 2000, IEEE Canada Outstanding Educator’s Medal 1996, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland Merit Award 1994, IEEE Industry Applications Society’s Outstanding Achievement Award 1992, IEEE Notable Service Award to Engineering Profession 1987, IEEE Outstanding Students Counselor’s Award 1980 and the General Electric Co. Centennial Award for Invention Disclosures 1978.


Professor Dr. Ashraful Alam, Muhammad Ashraful Alam (M’96-SM’01-F’06) received the B.S.E.E. degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka,Bangladesh, the M.S. degree from Clarkson Univer-sity, Potsdam, NY, and the Ph.D. degree from Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, in 1988, 1991, and 1994, respectively, all in electrical engineering.

He is currently a Professor of electrical and computer engineering with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Purdue University, where his research and teaching focus on physics, simulation, characterization, and technology of classical and novel semiconductor devices. From 1995 to 2001, he was with Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ, as a Member of Technical Staff with the Silicon ULSI Research Department. From 2001 to 2003, he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and the Technical Manager of the IC Reliability Group, Agere Systems, Murray Hill. In 2004, he joined Purdue University. His current research interests include stochastic transport theory of oxide reliability, transport in nanonet thin-film transistors, and nanobio sensors. He has published more than 90 papers in international journals and has presented many invited and contributed talks at international conferences. Dr. Alam received the International Reliability Physics Symposium Best Paper Award in 2003 and the Outstanding Paper Award in 2001, both for his work on gate oxide reliability, and the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award for his contributions to device technology for communication systems.


Professor Dr. Muhammad H Rashid, Biography: Muhammad H. Rashid is employed by the University of West Florida as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Previously, he was employed by the University of” Florida as Professor and Director of UF/UWF Joint Program. Rashid received B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Birmingham in UK. Previously, he worked as Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Chair of the Engineering Department at Indiana University- Purdue University at Fort Wayne. Also, he worked as Visiting Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University Of Connecticut, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). Professor of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University Calumet, and Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering at King Fahd university of Petroleum and Minerals (Saudi Arabia), as a design and development engineer with Brush Electrical Machines Ltd. (England, UK), a Research Engineer with Lucas Group Research Centre (England, UK), a Lecturer and Head of Control Engineering Department at Higher Institute of Electronics (in Libya & Malta).

Dr. Rashid is actively involved in teaching, researching, and lecturing in electronics, power electronics. and professional ethics. He has published 18 books listed in the US Library of Congress and more than 160 technical papers. His books are adopted as textbooks all over the world. His book, Power electronics has translations in Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, Korean, Italian, Chinese, Persian, and Indian edition. His book, Microelectronics has translations in Spanish in Mexico and in Spain, Italian, and Chinese.

He has received many invitations from foreign governments and agencies to give keynote lectures and consult. by foreign Universities to serve as an external examiner for undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. examinations, by funding agencies to review research proposals, and by U.S. and foreign universities to evaluate promotion cases for professorship. Dr. Rashid has worked as a regular employee or consultant in Canada, Korea, United Kingdom, Singapore, Malta, Libya, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Dr. Rashid has traveled to almost all States in USA and many countries to lecture and present papers (Japan, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, India. Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Malta, Italy, Greece. United Kingdom, Brazil, and Mexico).

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET, UK) and a Lift Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE, USA). He was elected as an IEEE Fellow with the citation “Leadership in power electronics education and contributions to the analysis and design methodologies of solid-state power converters” Dr. Rashid is the, recipient of the 1991 Outstanding Engineer Award from The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He received the 2002 IEEE Educational Activity Award (EAB) Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education with the following citation “for contributions to the design and delivery of continuing education in  power electronics and computer-aided-simulation”. He is the recipient of the 2008 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award with citation: For his distinguished leadership and dedication to quality, undergraduate electrical engineering education, motivating students and publication of outstanding textbooks. He is also the recipient of the IEEE 2013 Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award.

Dr. Rashid is an ABET program evaluator for electrical and computer engineering (and also from 1995-2000) and was an engineering evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS, USA). He is also an ABET program evaluator for (general) engineering program. He is the program  (general) engineering  Editors of Power Electronics and Applications, and Nanotechnology and Applications with the CRC Press. He serves as the Editorial Advisor of Electric Power and Energy with Elsevier Publishing. He lectures and conducts workshops on Outcome-Based Education (OBE) and its implementations including assessments.

Dr. Rashid is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Education Society and a Regional Speaker (previously Distinguished Lecture) for the IEEE Industrial Applications Society. He also authored a book on “The Process of Outcome-Based Education – Implementation, Assessment and Evaluations”. 2012 UiTM Press, Malaysia


Professor Dr. Iqbal Hussain, Dr. Husain joined the ECE department at North Carolina State University as a Distinguished Professor after serving as a faculty member at the University of Akron, Ohio for seventeen years. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX in 1993.

Dr. Husain’s research interests are in the areas of control and modeling of electrical drives, design of electric machines, development of power conditioning circuits, microinverters for distributed power generation, inverter controls for grid synchronization, and modeling of electric and hybrid vehicle systems. He has worked extensively on the development of SR and PM motor drives for various automotive and industrial applications. The research contributions on electric machines are in the areas of design optimizations, sensorless and high performance controls, acoustic noise prediction, and parameter identification methods.

The primary application of Dr. Husain’s work is in the transportation, automotive, and aerospace industries. As a result of this exposure, Dr. Husain has developed courses for graduate and undergraduate education in electric and hybrid vehicles, and published the textbook Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: Design Fundamentals.


Dr. S Alam University of South Alabama, Dr. Alam received his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1983 and 1985, his MS degree in computer engineering from the Wayne State University in 1989, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Dayton in 1992.Prior to joining USA, he served on the faculty of BUET, Purdue University – Fort Wayne, and the University of Alabama. He also served on the graduate faculty of Purdue University and Indiana University.

His research interests include image processing, pattern recognition and tracking, biometric recognition, ultrafast computing, and smart energy management and control. He is the author or co-author of over 500 published papers, including 185 articles in refereed journals, 300+ conference publications, 25+ research project reports, 15 book chapters, and a research book on IPTV. He has also edited a reference book of selected papers on JTC and many conference proceedings (4200+ citations in Google Scholar). He received numerous excellence in research/ teaching/ service awards including the 1997 Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching Award (Statewide recognition) from the Indiana University, 2003 Scholar of the Year Award from Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2005 Outstanding Scholar of the Year Award from the USA Alumni Association, and 2013 (1998) Outstanding Engineer Award from Region 3 (4) of IEEE. Recently, he was recognized as one of the 50 faculty who made outstanding and lasting research and scholarship contributions in the 50-year history of USA.

He has presented 100+ keynote/invited papers, seminars and tutorials at international conferences and research institutions in USA and abroad.  He has organized and chaired many international conferences and serves as a Guest Editor for 4 professional journals. He supervised the research work of 55+ Masters/Ph.D. students and 22 post-docs and visiting scholars.

Besides IEEE, Prof. Alam is an elected Fellow of seven additional professional societies: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Optical Society of America (OSA), SPIE – the International Society for Optical Engineering, Institution of Physics (IoP), Society for Imaging Science & Technology (IS&T), Bangladesh Computer Society (BCS), and the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB).

Prof. Alam has made significant contributions to the engineering profession through his technical abilities and leadership. His example and dedication to the profession have served to inspire all who know him, and led them in furtherance of the high standards of the engineering profession as prescribed by IEEE.


Dr. Haran Karmaker, Dr. Haran Karmaker is  a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada. He received his B.Sc. Engg. degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka in 1967 and M.A.Sc., Ph.D.degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1971 and 1974, respectively. Dr. Karmaker joined the EngineeringLaboratory of General Electric Canada, Peterborough, Ontario as a Research  Engineer in 1975, where he is now Leader of the Electromagnetics Team.

His research activities include simulation and modeling of large rotating electrical machines and power electronic drives, numerical and analytical computation of electromagnetic fields and experimental studies for machine parameters, fields and losses. He has published over 30 technical papers in IEEE and international journals. Dr. Karmaker is a member of the IEEE Working Group on Synchronous Machines Modeling and Testing of Power Engineering Society, IEC Committee on Magnetic Steels and NEMA Electrical Rotating Machinery Committee.


Dr. M Abul Masroor, Dr. M. Abul Masrur received the Ph. D in EE from Texas A & M university, College Station, Texa, USA in 1984. He is currently with US Army RDECOM-TARDEC (R&D). He has over 27 years experience in areas related to hybrid vehicles, vehicular power system architecture, electric power management, and artificial intelligence based fault diagnostics in electric drives. Dr. Masrur is a Fellow of IEEE, has over 80 publications, of which about 50 are in public domain, and is the co-inventor of 8 US and 2 foreign patents.


Professor Dr. M. Fazlur Rahman, Professor, Department of ECE, University of New South Wales Australia

Muhammed Fazlur Rahman (Faz Rahman)

Professor M. Faz Rahman received his Bachelor of Engineering Honors degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1972. After working as a junior lecturer at his Department of Electrical Engineering for two years, he proceeded to UK for graduate study at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and received his Masters and PhD degrees from UMIST in 1975 and 1978, respectively. The subject of his study for PhD was investigation of dynamics and high-speed resonance instability of variable-reluctance type stepping motors. After completion of his PhD, he worked at the General Electric Company at Rugby, UK, as an Applications Engineer in its Microprocessor Applications Centre from October 1978 till September 1980. He joined the National University of Singapore as a lecturer from October in 1980. He moved to the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, as a Senior Lecturer from 1988 where he is currently a Professor in Electric Power Engineering. He has been a Member of the IEEE since 1978 and became a Senior Member in 1997.

His research interests are broadly in motor drives, electrical machines and power electronics. His main research efforts have been on the development of interior permanent magnet synchronous machines with high field weakening range, sensorless and direct torque control of such machines, and various types of converters for electrical drives. He also contributed significantly to the development of micro-stepping controllers for stepping motors. He has offered numerous short courses alongside many IEEE sponsored conferences and consultancy services to many industries. He has published more than 400 papers, of which 75 are in journals. He has authored two books and has contributed 10 chapters in books published internationally.

The citation for Professor Rahman’s elevation to IEEE Fellow (effective from 1 January, 2014) is for contributions to direct torque control of integrated permanent magnet machines