On Monday, April 23, 2007, Memorial University’s Dr. Aziz Rahman was presented with the 2007 IEEE Richard H. Kaufmann Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), for his pioneering contributions to the analysis, design, and development of Interior Permanent Magnet (IPM) Motor drives. Dr. Rahman is the first Canadian to receive this award.
Dr. Rahman successfully built the first 45 kilowatt interior IPM motor in the early 1980s at Memorial University. The IPM motor is now the workhorse of modern hybrid electric vehicles like the Toyota Prius, in which reluctance and permanent magnet torques are utilized for maximum torque and highest efficiency.
The IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award was established by the IEEE board of directors in 1986 for outstanding contributions in industrial systems engineering. It is presented annually to an individual, or team of up to three persons, who have made exceptional contributions to electrical engineering in the industrial environment through the design or application of systems technology, as well as apparatus, devices, or materials for plant power distribution, drive systems, process control, or other utilization systems.
The award, which is being presented today at the 2007 Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, is named in honour of Richard Harold Kaufmann in memory of his many important contributions to industrial systems engineering and his dedicated service to the IEEE Industry Applications Society. It consists of a bronze medal, certificate and honorarium of $10,000 US. More details can be found at www.ieee.org/portal/pages/about/awards/pr/2007tfarecips.html
Dr. Rahman has been teaching for more than 44 years and 30 of those have been at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Rahman is a consultant to many companies including the General Electric Company, Iron Ore Company of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. He has published 593 papers and is a registered professional engineer in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Rahman is a life fellow of IEEE, a fellow of IET, U.K., and a member of IEEE Japan; a life fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, and a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He was the second Canadian in history to receive the 2004 IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award and the 1992 IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award. He was also the first Canadian recipient of the 2003 IEEE Cyril Veinott Electromechanical Energy Conversion Award of Power Engineering Society.