Professor Mohammad Nasir Uddin named Fellow of the IEEE

January 11, 2021 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Dr. Mohammad Nasir Uddin has been elevated to the status of Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his outstanding contributions to control techniques for alternating current (AC) motor drives. He is the first IEEE Fellow at Lakehead University.

Uddin joined Lakehead University in 2001. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. He also serves as Coordinator of the Electrical Engineering program with the Lakehead-Georgian Partnership, and is the Director of the Renewable Energy, Power Systems and Drive Research Lab located in Barrie, Ont.

IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

“I am honoured to be considered amongst the worlds’ leading authorities within the field of electrical engineering,” said Uddin. “Out of all the awards and honours that have been bestowed upon me, this one is the most rewarding and gratifying, especially since it was supported by my peers.”

Uddin has made outstanding contributions on the modeling, simulation and real-time application of intelligent algorithms such as fuzzy logic, neural network, neuro-fuzzy, nonlinear and loss minimization controls of AC motor drives, to achieve fast and accurate speed response with high efficiency under system nonlinearities/uncertainties.

As a pioneer, he developed and applied fuzzy logic controllers for both induction motor (IM) and interior permanent magnet synchronous motor (IPMSM) drives in real-time that improved the dynamic performance of the drives compared to traditional controllers. His 2002 paper published in IEEE Transaction on Industry Applications is considered one of the ground-breaking articles in this area. These works have influenced many researchers worldwide and prompted a high volume of subsequent research in intelligent algorithms-based AC motor drives.

He also developed a novel online machine loss minimization algorithm that improved the efficiency of IM drive by nearly 10 percent. It was an original contribution in machine loss minimization that led to the real-life adoption of this technology by industry (e.g., Rockwell Automation, Canada) to save energy and associated cost.

Uddin has shared his findings in 235 papers that have published or accepted in refereed journals and conferences including 54 papers in several IEEE Transactions journals that are considered the top-ranking journal in his area of research. In 2010 he won Lakehead University’s Distinguished Researcher Award.

“This is a well-deserved honour for Dr. Uddin and recognizes the incredible contributions that he has made to sustainable energy and motor drives technology,” said Dr. Janusz Kozinski, Dean, Faculty of Engineering. “Our students are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from the foremost experts in their fields.”

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 plus members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

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