ARI People

Saifur Rahman

Joseph R. Loring Professor & Director, ARI


Phone: 571-858-3301



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.

Resume of Saifur Rahman (pdf)

PhD. Electrical Engineering
Virginia Tech

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

B.S Electrical Engineering
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Virginia Governor’s Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency

Board of Directors, Virginia Energy Efficiency Council

President-elect, IEEE Power and Energy Society

Chair, NSF Advisory Committee on International Science and Engineering

Director, Center for Energy and the Global Environment

Director, Advanced Research Institute

Member, IEEE Board of Governors, 2006

Member, Editorial Board, Proceedings of the IEEE, 2004-2009Vice President, IEEE Power Engineering Society, 1999-2003