Dr. Tariq Iqbal
|Dr. Tariq Iqbal
Electrical and Computer
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Dr. Tariq Iqbal is interested in renewable energy systems. One of his areas of interest is a hybrid energy system. An example of this would be combining wind turbines and a fuel cell system to generate electricity for a house. This system would work very well for remote communities that are not connected to a main grid. Another area of interest is distributed power generation. Instead of having one large power plant, it would be more efficient and reliable to have 50 or 100 smaller power generating units scattered within a given area. The transmission loss would be greatly reduced and the same amount of electricity could be generated much more efficiently.
Dr. Tariq Iqbal started out studying electrical engineering, but later switched to the study of wind turbines. He worked for many years as an assistant engineer and as a senior engineer at the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science in Islamabad. During this time he taught courses and supervised experiments and graduate projects on topics ranging from experimental electric vehicles to a miniature solar water pumping station. As a PhD student, he worked with the Energy Research Unit at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxford University.
Dr. Iqbal completed a B.Sc. (Hons.) in electrical engineering at UET in Lahore, Pakistan. He then received a fellowship from the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission to study nuclear engineering and went on to complete a M.Sc. in nuclear engineering at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. On a scholarship from the government of Pakistan, Dr. Iqbal moved to London to complete a PhD in electrical engineering at Imperial College London. He went back to the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences to supervise graduate students and teach courses such as renewable energy systems, digital control systems, power electronics, applied electronics and instrumentation. Dr. Iqbal and his family immigrated to Canada in December 2000.