The IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) recently voted Saifur Rahman president-elect for calendar years 2016 and 2017. He will serve as the president of this society for 2018 and 2019. Rahman is the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Virginia Tech Advanced Research InstituteNational Capital Region

Challenging Rahman for the president-elect post were Erich Gunther, chairman, chief technology officer, and co-founder of EnerNex, an electric power engineering and consulting company in Tennessee; and Bruno Meyer, managing director of ARTERIA, the telecommunications subsidiary of RTE in France. Rahman’s campaign video is on YouTube.

“I am proud to have the opportunity to serve PES which, over the last 130 years, has made significant contributions to IEEE’s mission of fostering technological innovation for the benefit of humanity,” said Rahman.

Rahman said that during his tenure he plans to focus on three key areas: visibility and outreach, which includes publications and conferences; standards; and lifelong learning. 

“I believe that PES needs to excel in these areas to secure a leading voice in power and energy issues,” he said, “and I hope that my wide-ranging experience will serve helpful to building on the progress that has been made so far.”

Rahman's accomplishments and activities include:

  • Being named a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. 
  • Founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine. 
  • Founding editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. 
  • Serving as vice president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) from 2009 to 2013 and currently serving as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). 
  • Serving on the IEEE Board of Directors in 2006 as the vice president for publications. 
  • Serving as the chair of the U.S .National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. 

He is also a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society, and has lectured on smart grid, energy efficiency, renewable energy, demand response, distributed generation and critical infrastructure protection topics in over 30 countries on all six continents.




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