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Vol 40  No 4
October 11, 2007


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Accolades for engineering prof
by Kelly Foss

Dr. Aziz Rahman was recently chosen as first Canadian winner of the Dr.- Ing Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Industrial Electronics Society (IES). The professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will receive the award for “for his life-long outstanding contributions to interior permanent magnet (IPM) motor drive systems and associated delta, pulsewidth and wavelet modulated inverters.”

With this award, Dr. Rahman also becomes the first Canadian to receive the highest achievement awards from four major IEEE societies. His past accomplishments include receiving the William E. Newell Award from the Power Electronics Society in 2004, the Cyril Veniott Electromechanical Energy Conversion Award from the Power Engineering Society in 2003, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Industry Applications Society in 1992.

In addition, he has received the Richard H. Kaufmann Award, an overall technical field award in industrial systems engineering, from the entire IEEE body in 2007.

The bulk of his awards recognize his pioneering contributions in developing modern permanent magnet synchronous motors. Dr. Rahman successfully built the first 45 kilowatt IPM motor in the early 1980s at Memorial University and is widely known as “Mr. IPM”. The IPM motor is now the workhorse of modern hybrid electric vehicles in which reluctance and permanent magnet torques are utilized for maximum torque and highest efficiency.

Since launching the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle in 1997, the Toyota Prius, the corporation has sold more than one-million hybrid vehicles – all of which use Dr. Rahman’s IPM motor drive.

IEEE is the world’s largest professional organization for the advancement of technology. Dr. Rahman will receive the award, which consists of a framed certificate and a $5,000 (U.S.) cheque, at the 33rd annual conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IECON 2007. The event is taking place Nov. 5-8 in Taipei, Taiwan.

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