Saifur Rahman


Saifur Rahman

Title: Professor,IEEE Life Fellow, IEEE PES President

Research directions:renewable energy, energy efficiency,

smart grid,electric power system operation and planning, etc.

office phone:(571) 858-3300


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

M.S., Electrical Sciences, State University of New York at Stony Brook

B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka

Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech, USA 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 Life 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 and 2017, and will be the president for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, electric power system operation and planning, etc. in over 30 countries. He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency related projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US Department of Defense, the State of Virginia and the US Department of Energy.


Book Chapters and Articles:

1. “A Methodology for Small Scale Energy Technology and System Evaluation”, S. Rahman in T.N. Veziroglu (ed.), Energy Conservation/Management/Education, Ann Arbor Science Publishers, Michigan, 1982, pp. 319-334.

2. “Power System Problems Associated with Low-Head Hydroelectric Units”, S.Rahman in T.N. Veziroglu, (ed.), Alternative Energy Sources, III, Vol. 4, Hemisphere Publishing Co., New York, 1983, pp. 363-381.Mar 2017 27

3. “A Microcomputer Based Planning Tool for Wind Energy Development”, S. Rahman in T.N.Veziroglu, (ed.), Alternative Energy Sources, VI: Wind/Ocean/Nuclear/Hydrogen, Hemisphere Publishing Co., New York, 1985, pp. 1-12.

Contributed Papers in Refereed Journals:

1. “Power Systems Operations Scheduling Using Separable Programming”, S. Rahman, the Journal of Electric Power Systems Research, vol. 2, no. 4, 1979, pp. 293-303.

2. “Evaluation Methodology for Electric Energy from Renewable Resources”, S. Rahman, the Journal of Solar Sciences, vol. 1, no. 2, 1982, pp. 105-112.

3. “Computer Simulations of Optimum Boost and Buck/Boost Converters”, S. Rahman and F. C. Lee, IEEE Trans. on Aerospace and Electronics Systems, vol. AES-18, no. 5, September 1982, pp. 598-608.

4. “Wireless communications for Emergency Communications and Rural Wideband Services: Special Issue”, Guest Editorial, A.R. Yarali, Saifur Rahman and M. Bowman, Journal of Communications, vol. 4 no. Jou5, June 2009, pp. 295-297.

5. “A Comparative Study on Smart Grid Related R&D in China, the United States and the European Union”, Tang Yi, M. Pipattanasomporn, S. Shao and Liu Hao-ming, Power System Technology, vol. 33, no. 14, July 2009, 9p.

6. "Operating Impacts and Mitigation Strategies with Large-scale Wind Power Penetration in the United States", S. Rahman and M. Pipattanasomporn, Automation of Electric Power Systems, vol. 35, no. 22, November 2011, 10p.

7. “Integrated Automation for Optimal Demand Management in Commercial Buildings Considering Occupant Comfort”, F. Sehar, M. Pipattanasomporn and Saifur Rahman, Elsevier Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 28, January 2017, pp. 16-29,

8. “Demand Management to Mitigate Impacts of Plug-in Electric Vehicle Fast Charge in Buildings with Renewables”, F. Sehar, M. Pipattanasomporn and Saifur Rahman, accepted for publication, Energy, 2017, 11p. Mar 2017 36

9. “An Internet-based Communication Platform for Residential Demand Response Programs”, M.Kuzlu, Md Moshiur Rahman, M. Pipattanasomporn and Saifur Rahman, accepted for publication, IET Networks, January 2017, 26p., DOI 10.1049/iet-net.2016.0040.


1. “Modeling and Analysis of Power Processing Devices”, sponsored by NASA/TRW, for $27,000 (March 1980 - December 1980), PI - F. C. Lee, Co-PI - S. Rahman.

2. “Inductor/Transformer and Half-Bridge Converter Design,” sponsored by Naval Avionics Center, U.S. Navy, for $20,000 (1980 - 1981), PI - F. C. Lee, Co-PI - S. Rahman.

3. “An Energy Management Project: Industrial development and Productivity Research”, sponsored by the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, for $54,659 (July 1980 – June 1982), PI - L. L. Grigsby, Co-PI - S. Rahman.

4. “An Expert System Based Integrated Energy Management System. Award in US and Indian Currencies”, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, for $33,690 (April 1992 – March 1995), PI - S. Rahman.

5. “Electrical Power System Monitoring and Control for Optimum Flexibility,” sponsored by the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, for $8,934 (July 1994 - June 1995), PI - S. Rahman.

6. “A Technique for Incorporating Uncertain Environmental Factors into the Electric Utility Planning Process”, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, for $128,793 (December 1992 - December 1995), PI - S. Rahman.

7. "Building-Grid Integration Research and Development Innovators Program (BIRD IP) fellowship - Rajendra", PI – S. Rahman, Sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy, Grant Amount $45,000, (January - December 2016).

8. “Building Energy Management Open Source Software Development (BEMOSS)”, PI – S. Rahman, co-PI – M. Pipattanasomporn, Sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy, Grant amount $2,055,656, (November 2013 - January 2017).

9. “NRT-DESE: UrbComp: Data Science for Modeling, Understanding and Advancing Urban Populations”, PI - Naren Ramakrishnan, co-PI – S. Rahman and others, Funding agency: National Science Foundation, Grant no. DGE 154362, Grant amount $2,999,328, my share $302,545, (September 2015 - August 2020).


Taught 15 different undergraduate and graduate level courses on energy, power, computer applications, etc. in over 30 years at Texas A&M University and Virginia Tech.


Supervised 20 Ph.D. and 32 M.S. thesis students to completion. Currently supervising 13 Ph.D. and 3 M.S. students.