Saifur Rahman reappointed Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, Nov. 17, 2015 – Saifur Rahman, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering and director of the Advanced Research Institute, National Capital Region, at Virginia Tech, was recently reappointed the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands and Executive Vice President and Provost Thanassis Rikakis.

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Saifur Rahman’s PES election campaign video

Saifur Rahman’s PES election campaign video

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Prof. Rahman statement as candidate for IEEE PES President in the upcoming elections in 2015


We all know that the global electric power industry is facing new challenges due to environmental concerns, increasing penetration of renewable energy sources, new power grid and customer technologies and the looming workforce shortage. Strong leadership in the Power & Energy Society helps lay the foundation for discussing these challenges and finding impactful solutions. But electing such leaders starts with you and your commitment to voting in this PES election. I am honored to be running for the 2016-2017 PES President-elect.

I believe there are three key areas where PES needs to excel in order to be a leading voice in power and energy issues:

  • Visibility and outreach (Publications and Conferences)
  • Standards
  • Lifelong Learning

Historically, PES has contributed significantly to IEEE’s mission of fostering technological innovation for the benefit of humanity. I want to build on the progress that has been made so far by bringing my wide-ranging experience to the table. Your support means a great deal and together we can bolster PES’s work around the globe. I hope that after learning about all the candidates you’ll be inspired to vote and help shape the next era for our industry. Additional information on my experience is available at www.saifurrahman.org.

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Saifur Rahman to serve on governor’s committee to reduce energy consumption in the private sector

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, May 26, 2015 – On Monday, June 1, Saifur Rahman, Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, will head to Richmond, Virginia, for the first meeting of the newly-formed Governor’s Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency.

Rahman, internationally known for his research in alternate energy and smart grid systems, is the only university representative on the 12-member committee formed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Comprised of public and private sector stakeholders, the committee will develop strategies and recommendations to achieve the goal of a ten percent reduction in retail electricity consumption in the Commonwealth by 2020.

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Advanced Research Institute awarded $2 million to help smaller commercial buildings save energy

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, March 16, 2015 – Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Institute has been awarded nearly $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue research and development of its Building Energy Management Open Source Software for commercial buildings 50,000 square feet or less in size.

These buildings, which fall outside the scope of most commercial building automation systems, account for more than 90 percent of commercial buildings in the United States and 50 percent of the energy consumed each year.

“Buildings 100,000 square feet and larger can afford to install building energy management systems up front because the incremental cost is relatively small and the opportunity for energy savings is high,” explained Saifur Rahman, the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and director of the Advanced Research Institute, located at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington. “However, smaller buildings do not benefit because vendors don’t find the market big or profitable enough to make it affordable for them.”

The Virginia Tech open source alternative software platform – which will work from a tablet, smartphone, or computer – is a good alternative for small and medium-sized commercial buildings, Rahman said, “because it serves as a backbone for improving and interconnecting automation systems for major building components.”

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