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Muhammad H. Rashid


Professor of Electrical Engineering
Florida Polytechnic University

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Short Biography

Muhammad H. Rashid is employed by the Florida Polytechnic Universityas a Professor of Electrical Engineering. Previously he was employed by the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida as a professor of electrical and computer engineering. He was also 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 Engineeringand 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 the Higher Institute of Electronics (in Libya & Malta).

Rashid is actively involved in teaching, researching, and lecturing in electronics, power electronics, and professional ethics. He has published 22 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. Rashid has worked as a regular employee or consultant in Canada, Korea, United Kingdom, Singapore, Malta, Libya, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. 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 Life 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.” 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. 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 Series 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.

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.



Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute


Short Biography

Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute ( at Virginia Tech where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment ( He is a Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He is the President-elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2016-2017. He was the vice president for publications of IEEE and a member of the governing board in 2006. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrifications Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He served as the chair of the US Naitonal Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE PES, and has lectured on smart grid, energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, demand  response, distributed generation and critical infrastructure protection topics in over 30 countries on all six continents.

He received his B.Sc. degree from Bangladesh Univ of Engg & Tech in 1972, M.S. degree from Stony Brook University, New York in 1975 and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1978, all in electrical engineering. His industry and government experience includes work with the Tokyo Electric Power Company in Japan, the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, Duke Energy in North Carolina and consultancy for the World Bank, the United Nations, US Agency for the International Development and the Asian Development Bank.


Opportunities for Energy Efficiency Applications in Commercial Buildings In Bangladesh

Wei Xu

Professor (China Youth 1000 Talent Scheme)
Senior Member, IEEE (since Oct. 2013)
Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China


Short Biography

Prof. Dr Xu received the double B.E. degree from Tianjin University (TJU), China, in July 2002, and M.E. degree from TJU in March 2005, and the Ph.D. degree from Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IEECAS), in July 2008, respectively, all in electrical engineering. From 2008 to 2011, he had been one Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia. His academic research activities in this period mainly included drive machines for linear metro and plug-in hybrid electrical vehicle (PHEV), which were financially supported by the UTS Vice Chancellor Research Fellowship (one-year), the UTS Early Career Researcher Grant, and two international research grants in China. From 2011 to 2013, Dr Xu had been appointed as one Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University Vice Chancellor Research Fellow with School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in RMIT University.

Since Mar. 2013, he has been a professor at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China. Now he is leading one group for development on high performance of drive machines and systems based on transportation (electrical vehicle, urban railway, etc), wind generation, servo, and so on.

Dr. Xu is one Senior Member for IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and China Power Supply Society (CPSS), since Oct. 2013. He has served as one Editor/Associate Editor for three international journals, and Regular Reviewer for more than ten IEEE/Elsevier Journals. He is very active in different kinds of academic activities supported by IEEE societies and international conferences. As one of team members, he has took part in the organization for four (times) international conferences, such as COMPUMAG 2011, IECON 2011, etc.

Since 2016, as one Guest Editor, Prof. Xu has been invited to organize three-time Special Issues in peerly-reviewed high-quality Journals, such as one Special Issue titled byDesign and Control for Linear Machines, Drives, and MAGLEVs in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (2018). Furthermore, Prof. Xu, as the principle presenter, has been formally invited to give 3-hour Tutorial titled by Advanced Linear Machines and Drive Systems in International Conference on Electrical Machine and System (ICEMS) , Sydney, Australia (August, 2017), which is one of leading international conference in the field of Electrical Machine and Drive System among the world.

Till now, Dr. Xu has published about 60 high-quality journal papers (about 50 published in IEEE Transactions Series Journals) and held almost 40 granted/pending invention patents, and has edited one book titled by Advances in Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants (Springer Press, June 2016). As the 1st chief investigator (CI), he has been awarded 21 projects/fellowships. He was awarded the China Youth 1000 Talent Scheme in 2015 by contribution to the development of high performance linear machine and drive system for linear metro.

His research topics mainly focus on electromagnetic design and control algorithm of linear machines, permanent magnet machines, brushless doubly-fed induction machines (BDFIMs), and so on. Till now, some products developed by Prof. Xu and his group have successfully found practical applications, such as linear induction machine for Beijing Transrapid Airport Line, arc (linear) induction machine for direct-driven forge press, permanent magnet synchronous machine for electrical vehicle, brushless doubly-fed induction machine for electrical-driven ship, and so on. Meanwhile, Dr Xu had been invited to serve as one Senior Consultant Engineer for new structure axial flux permanent magnet machine with Axiflux Pty Ltd, Australia from 2011 to 2012, and develop high performance PMSM machine in Meiji University by awarding Invitation Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellow, Japan in 2012. Since 2014, he has been invited to serve as one consultant technique director for China Changjiang National Shipping Group Motor Factory, and now is leading one group to develop the products of BDFIM drive systems for electrical-driven ship.


Title: Advanced Brushless Doubly-Fed Machine (BDFM) System for Electric-Driven Ship

Brushless doubly-fed machine (BDFM) is a new type of AC induction motor in recent years. Compared with the doubly-fed induction machine (DFIM), it eliminates the brushes and slip rings, has a wide operating speed range, long service life, low manufacturing cost, high reliability, and low maintenance cost.

BDFM has good prospects in ship shaft power generation, ship electric propulsion, hydroelectric power generation, wind power generation, variable frequency speed control system, and so on.​

Firstly, the basic research status of the BDFM designwill be introduced. And then, the BDFM control technology and its application in ship power generation and electric propulsion will be presented, which covers several aspects of research work: BDFM stand-alonepower generation system, BDFM grid-connected power generation system and BDFM variable frequency speed control. Finally, the BDFM research platforms and the current research results of the reporter and its research team will be introduced briefly.

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