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Engineer inducted into Canadian Academy


Dr. Aziz Rahman

By Jackey Locke


Dr. Aziz Rahman was formally inducted as a new Fellow into The Canadian Academy of Engineering on July 13.

The Canadian Academy of Engineering sums up Dr. Rahman’s achievements: “Dr. Rahman is internationally recognized for his outstanding contributions to the design, development, analysis, control and application of interior permanent magnet (IPM) synchronous motors and associated drive systems. Dr. Rahman has been repeatedly honoured by his peers for his technical contributions and leadership in promoting IPM technology worldwide, and he is the only person to receive highest awards from four IEEE societies.

"His IPM design innovations have had significant economic and environmental benefits worldwide, including reducing costs to consumers and increasing energy efficiency of air conditioning systems, and he is the father of modern energy-efficient hybrid electric vehicles.”

Dr. Rahman said he is extremely grateful for this honour, yet humbled.
“I am very grateful for this acknowledgement. I am grateful to this university, to my colleagues, the technical and support staff. This is a shared honour – my wife, my family, everybody contributes,” he said.

Dr. Rahman is an electrical engineering professor with Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

“I am very pleased to see this national recognition for Dr. Rahman’s continuous service to the engineering profession and for his outstanding contributions,” said the faculty’s dean, Dr. John Quaicoe, in learning of the induction. "This achievement reflects well on the faculty and Memorial University."

The Canadian Academy of Engineering is the national institution through which Canada’s most distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to Canada.

The academy works in close co-operation with other senior academies in Canada and internationally. It is a founding member of the Council of Canadian Academies, along with the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. The Academy also works in close collaboration with the other members of the Canadian Engineering Leadership Forum, which brings together representatives from Engineers Canada, the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies, the National Council of Deans of Engineering, and the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students, all working together to ensure a safer, cleaner, healthier and more competitive Canada.

The academy is also a member of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, which includes some 25 similar national bodies around the world.
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