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Abdesh Khan
When asked why he chose to study engineering, Abdesh Khan, now a third-year PhD student at Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, said it was because the opportunities and impacts of engineering in real life are endless. But for Mr. Khan, the opportunities and impacts in his personal life have been equally as incessant.

Before coming to Memorial to complete graduate studies with university fellowship, Abdesh completed his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2004. He says life in St. John’s is very different than his former home.

“Life in St. John’s is easier and faster than life in Bangladesh,” he said. “I did not notice frequent power blackouts and traffic jams in St. John’s. These are very common in Bangladesh. I also like the rules and regulations for public safety and security. In Bangladesh, there is corruption.”

But even though life in Canada, and life at Memorial, has been a very positive and rewarding experience for Mr. Khan, the one thing missing is his family.

“I miss my mom and dad very much. My mom is a great cook. They have been encouraging me all through my life, and I miss their encouragements. I see them once every two years. I have a sister in Bangladesh, who is also a well-wisher for me. I got married in 2006. My wife joined with me on May 2007.”

But, despite the sacrifices, he is happy he came to study engineering at Memorial, where he says the focus is on practical learning and the interaction between students and faculty is better than it was at the University in Bangladesh.

“The power research group in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University is one of the best research groups in the area of power engineering with a lot of opportunities, and I wanted to pursue my graduate studies in power engineering. I was selected in this group with fellowship and assistantship,” said Mr. Khan.

He finished his master’s in electrical and computer engineering in June 2006 where he completed five courses and a research-based thesis on designing and implementing a diagnostic and protection technique for permanent magnet synchronous motors. And, as a PhD student, he continues to do fascinating research on the design and implementation of an intelligent wavelet controller based permanent magnet synchronous motor drive for electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

“High-reliability, high-efficiency, and power-density are key factors for electric propulsion of electric and hybrid electric vehicles. I have developed a wavelet-based intelligent controller for permanent magnet motor drives in electric and hybrid electric vehicles. This controller can provide high-efficiency, optimum power density, and reliability in fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly electric and hybrid electric cars,” he explained.

And even though the most rewarding thing when it comes to his research is getting published in scholarly peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, Abdesh says life at Memorial has given him many exciting and challenging opportunities. From working as a teaching assistant to research assistant to publishing 21 papers to becoming involved with many technical and social communities, this budding engineer is just getting started.

And what has been his favourite part? Why graduating at Memorial’s October 2006 convocation with his master’s degree, of course.