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.


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