Prof Firuz Zare is a discipline leader of Power, Energy and Control Engineering at the school of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) and a Fellow of IEEE - the world’s largest association of technical professionals.
He has spent over 20 years in three main organisations - academia, industry and international standardisation committees as a leader, project manager and senior specialist. He has team-building, management and leadership experience in emerging and multidisciplinary research and teaching activities, cross-institutional research and technology projects and national and international standardisation committees.
Prof Zare has been collaborating with several international research centres and industry in Australia, Europe, USA and Japan in the fields of Energy Conversion Systems and Nanosecond Pulsed Power Technology. He has successfully initiated and established emerging cross and multidisciplinary research activities and groups in Nanosecond Pulsed Power fields since 2007. More specifically on:
Prof Zare is an academic staff at the University of Queensland in Australia and has published over 270 peer-reviewed journal & conference papers, 40 technical reports and five patents in the area of Power Electronics and Pulsed Power. He has supervised 13 PhD, 10 M.Sc and M.Eng and a high number of B.Eng students to completion. He has mentored and supervised 14 post-docs and research engineers in the field of energy conversion systems. Prof Zare established a joint chapter of the IEEE Power Electronics/Industrial Electronics/ Industry Applications Societies in Queensland in 2017 and has supported the chapter as a committee member till present.
He has secured several research funds including eight ARCs, one NHMRC and one Danish Research Council competitive research fund and 20 industry-based projects, over AU$ 10M since 2007.
Prof Zare has received several awards such as:
National and International Assessor:
- Management Essentials, Harvard Business School (Oct-Dec 2020)
Management Essentials provides participants with key tools and techniques to become more effective managers and get things done.
- Technology Leadership, Harvard Business School (Jan-Dec 2015)
Prof Zare has a leadership certificate from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA (Jan-Nov 2015). He was awarded a technology leadership program by the Danish Innovation Council, to attend one year program delivered by Harvard Business School. The goal of this program was to educate innovators on how to develop new technologies. In his leadership roles, he has explored and discussed many challenging issues from project management to academic staff interaction and from different disciplines to maintain and expand collaborations relevant to these themes:
- Strategy & Innovation
- Negotiations, Organizations and Markets
- Commercialising Science
- Project Management
- Leadership & Networking
- Technology Leadership in Denmark (2014)
Industry project management and leadership training - from Lab to Product. Supported by Man on the Moon program at global Danfoss Drive research and development centre.
- Ethos Leadership Program (Feb-Dec 2009)
He has also an Academic Leadership certificate from Ethos Australia.
Professor Zare has integrated important design factors with fundamental research concepts and mathematical analysis to address "Emerging Issues of Future Grids" based on inter-disciplinary research projects. His research contributions have supported real-world projects in power engineering and have advanced knowledge in:
International Project Leader:
Professor Zare was nominated, then elected by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Technical Committee 77 (Harmonics) in 2013 as a convenor and Task Force Leader in the area of “Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Systems”. His remit has been to manage and prepare a new standard for solar inverters and wind turbines to be utilised in all power networks around the world. This has been a very prestigious and challenging position, leading over 30 senior industry representatives from international companies in his team. His significant contribution has been the preparation of several technical reports, in collaboration with the members, which will be published as a new international standard IEC 61000-3- 16. The first edition of this standard has been developed based on many years of research work in the area of power quality and energy efficiency, in close collaboration with international partners.
He is an expert in harmonic and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) issues in Power Electronics systems and has developed device and system simulation tools (virtual design approach) at the micro and macro levels. He has successfully completed many national and international projects to mitigate harmonics and EMI and analyse failure modes in grid-connected motor drives and inverters such as:
Innovative Teaching Design
His commitment to innovative teaching design and development to support power electronics engineers and scientists, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students, is further evidenced by his development of a comprehensive Power Electronics Education E-Books (www.peeeb.dk). He published two books: introduction and advanced power electronics - which includes a virtual lecture with all teaching and simulation materials and interactive tutorials. Since 2007, on average, over 5,600 students and engineers from 75 different countries visit the website each year and download the free-access teaching materials. Its influence has been pervasive with copies sent to more than 300 universities.
Professor Zare proposed a new teaching approach for Entrepreneurship and presented to the 10th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Italy in 2015 received the third-place Innovation and Excellence Award. This concept introduces an innovative industry-based active learning, available to all students to be able to understand real-world project and challenges. The main aim is to connect Innovation and Entrepreneurship teaching content, and create active teaching and learning culture at the undergraduate level across all disciplines to:
- encourage students to practice innovation in an interactive way
- create dynamic synergy and communication between different disciplines.
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Dr Negareh Ghasemi received her BSc and MSc degrees in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2003 and 2007 respectively. She obtained her PhD in Power Electronics in 2013. She received Outstanding Thesis Award from Queensland University of Technology in 2013. She has more than 10 years working experience in industry and academia. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Queensland and active member of IEEE Women in Engineering. She is also an Editorial Board member of International Journal of Power Electronics. She has been collaborating with several international universities and institutes in Japan and Germany. Her research interests include Power Electronics, Pulsed Power and Ultrasound Systems and their applications.
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Hansika Rathnayake received her BSc. (Hons) Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with first class honours) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2012. She worked as a laboratory instructor in the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the same university until 2013. She received her PhD degree in Electrical Machines and Drives, Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2017. She is a member of IEEE.
Her research interests are control of active front end systems in renewable energy systems, power quality research and electric machine drives.
Dr Jalil Yaghoobi received his BSc (Eng) in Electrical Engineering and MSc in Electrical Machines and Power Electronics Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran, Iran, in 2008 and 2011 respectively. He completed his PhD in Power Engineering in 2016 from the University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia. Since graduation, he has been working as a research fellow with Prof Firuz Zare for the last two years. Jalil has been a member of IEEE since 2012. His research interests include power quality of LV networks, power electronics, renewable energy integration in power systems, and power system stability.
Abdulrahman was born in Qassim, Saudi Arabia. He completed his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Qassim University (QU), Saudi Arabia in 2010. From 2010 to 2013 he worked as a testing and commissioning engineer at ABB Contracting, Saudi Arabia. In January, 2017 he completed his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University (GWU), Washington, D.C., USA. His research interests are in power electronics and energy efficiency.
Davood received his two BSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and Pure Mathematics from Sharif University of Technology (SUT) and Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), Iran in 2010 and 2011, respectively. He also recieved his MSc degree in Network Protection of Power Systems form AUT, Iran in 2012. From 2012 to 2017 he worked as a Power & Control Engineer in Enermonde Company in collaboration with Khuzestan Steel Company (KSC), Iran. His research interests are power electronics, power system converters, protection, optimal control of smart microgrids, optimization and pure mathematics.
Mohammad Habibullah received his B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Bangladesh in 2010 and in 2016, respectively. He accomplished his M.Sc. in Energy Technology from Ege University, Turkey. Meanwhile, from 2011 to 2012. He has worked as a field engineer in Mitsubishi Elevators and Escalators and International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC), Bangladesh as a lecturer until 2013. Ccurrently, he is studying his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering.
Tayyab completed his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore with honours in 2011 and has experience of more than 06 years in one of the largest fertilizer plants in Pakistan. He is currently working in analysis and modelling of power system quality and harmonics generated by grid connected inverters and their impacts on power system.
Mr Ahmad Abdullah
Master of Philosophy
He was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He completed his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.
Kiarash received his BSc and MSc degrees in Power Engineering from Islamic Azad University of Iran – South branch of Tehran (IAU) and Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), in 2009 and 2012, respectively. From 2014 to 2018 he worked as Design and Project Engineer of high power substations in Monenco Iran Consulting Company. His research interests are power system stability, power system monitoring protection and control, power electronics, power system converters.
Mr Amir Ganjavi
Amir Ganjavi received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Babol, Iran, in 2014 and 2017, respectively. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
His research interests include dynamic stability and control of power electronic systems, power converters and their applications in renewable energy, and electromagnetic interference (EMI).
PhD student (Visitor from Chongqing University, China)
Mr Weidong SunWeidong has received the B.Eng. degree (2014) in electrical engineering from Chongqing University, China. Now he is the Ph.D. candidate in the School of Electrical Engineering, Chongqing University. His research interests include harmonics in HVDC system, the insulation fault diagnosis and transformer aging assessment for high voltage equipment.
PhD student (Visitor from Southwest Jiaotong University, China)
Ying Han received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University, China, in 2013. He is working toward the Ph.D. degree in the School of Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University. His research interests include mocrogird modeling and energy management strategy, and fuel cell hybrid vehicle and its control.
Lecturer (Visitor from Southwest Minzu University, China)
Dr You received his PhD in electrical engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University,China, in 2015. His research interests are renewable energy systems and energy management. He has been with College of Electrical and Information Engineering in Southwest Minzu University as an academic staff since 2015.
Dr Minh-Khai Nguyen
Visiting Assistant Prof
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Dr. Minh-Khai Nguyen received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in 2005, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea, in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He was a lecturer with Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He is currently an Assistant Professor with Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea. His current research interests include impedance source inverters, power converters for renewable energy systems, and pulsed power technology.
Dr. Nguyen had served as a Guest Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS special issue on the impedance source converter topologies and applications. He is a senior member of IEEE, an Associate Editor for Journal of Power Electronics, and a Guest Editor for special issue on “Power Converters in Power Electronics” of Electronics journal. He has published over 60 peer reviewed journal and conference papers in power electronics area.
Mr Arash Moradi
Arash Moradi received his B.Sc. degree from Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran in 2014, and his M.Sc degree (with Honors) from the University of Isfahan, Iran in 2016 both in Electrical Engineering. From 2016 to 2017, he worked as Network Analysis Expert in Behrad Consulting Engineering Company. Also, from 2017 to 2019, he worked as a Project Expert in Monenco Iran Consulting Company. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. His research interests include power quality, power system protection, and renewable energies.