Engineering prof named international award winner

Professor M. Azizur Rahman

Professor M. Azizur Rahman has been awarded the 2004 William E. Newell Power Electronics Award for outstanding achievement. Dr. Rahman, a University Research Professor (awarded 1993), has been teaching for more than 42 years, 28 at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial.

The award is named after Dr. William E. Newell who was a noted authority on power electronics at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation Research and Development Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The award recipient is judged to be exceptional in the multidisciplinary field of power electronics with extraordinary contributions in a broad range of activities including teaching, innovative research, consulting endeavours, professional seminars, major projects or program management and the general advocacy of power electronics technology to the technical community.

Dr. Rahman says this is not an individual award. "I am thankful to Memorial, my students, colleagues and NSERC for supporting me and allowing me to do this research," he said. "You have to have that combination of support in order to succeed. " The recipient receives a suitably inscribed plaque and cash prize of US $5,000. Dr. Rahman is the second Canadian recipient of the Newell award.

In addition to his teaching, Dr. Rahman is a consultant to many companies, has published over 500 papers and is a registered professional engineer in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador. In 1993, Dr. Rahman was the first Canadian to receive the IEEE Power Engineering Society's Cyril Veinott Electromechanical Conversion Award. Dr. Rahman also received the IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement award in 1992 and is one of the few Canadian scholars, who received the highest achievement awards from the three IEEE Societies. IEEE is one of the world's largest professional organizations with 360,000 members including approximately 16,000 Canadians.