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REF NO.: 300

SUBJECT: Engineering professor second Canadian in history to win international award

DATE: Aug. 12

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 William E. Newell Power Electronics Award of the Instituteof Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) was presented to Dr. Rahman in Aachen, Germanyon June 24, 2004. It has been awarded annually since 1977 for outstanding achievement in power electronics following a rigorous selection process of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.

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 Centre, 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 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council for supporting me and for allowing me to do this research. You have to have that combination of support in order to succeed,” Dr. Rahman said. The recipient receives an inscribed plaque and cash prize of $5,000 US. Dr. Rahman is the second Canadian recipient of Newell award; the first Canadian winner was from Universityof Torontoin 1979.

In addition to his teaching, Dr. Rahman is a consultant to many companies including the General Electric Company, Iron Ore Company of Canadaand Newfoundlandand Labrador Hydro. He has published over 500 papers and is a registered professional engineer in Ontarioand Newfoundlandand Labrador, a member of IEE Japan, a fellow of IEEE, a fellow of IEE (UK), a life fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, and a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.

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 around 16,000 Canadians.

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