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Saifur Rahman honored with 2012 Meritorious Service Award from IEEE Power and Energy Society

The IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) recently presented its 2012 Meritorious Service Award to Saifur Rahman, the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, for exceptional and sustained technical, administrative, and professional contributions to the society.


IEEE PES 2012-2013 President Noel N. Schulz

presents award to Saifur Rahman

(Photo courtesy of IEEE PES)

Earlier this year, the IEEE-USA awarded Rahman its Divisional Professional Leadership Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership efforts in advancing the professional aims of the IEEE in the field of power and energy in the United States.

The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. The association and its members inspire a global community through highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

Rahman is the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He is the vice president for publications at the IEEE PES and a member-at-large of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee. Currently he serves on the U.S. National Research Council Oversight Committee of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program, run by USAID and NSF. He is a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE PES and has lectured on smart grid, energy efficient lighting solutions, renewable energy, demand response, distributed generation, and critical infrastructure protection topics in more than 30 countries on all six continents.

Rahman received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1978 and joined the faculty in 1979. His industry and government experience includes work with the Tokyo Electric Power Company in Japan; the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York; Progress Energy; and consultancy for the World Bank, the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Asian Development Bank.

Posted September 13, 2012