NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, April 14, 2011 – Saifur Rahman, Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, National Capital Region, has been awarded the 2010 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award for leading the collaboration between the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and other engineering societies to form the Technologies for Carbon Management Initiative.
The other two recipients were Russ Lefevre, adjunct professor, University of North Dakota, and Veronika Rabl, an independent consultant.
Rahman accepted the honor during the recent IEEE-USA awards and recognition ceremony in Austin, Texas.
The Technologies for Carbon Management Initiative, sponsored by the United Engineering Foundation, was formed to assure that engineering communities, educators, the general public, and public policy makers have the best available information, analysis, sound engineering advice and recommendations regarding the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change.
The project goals are to impart non-biased, balanced technical expertise into both technical and non-technical programs, to provide avenues to further promote and disseminate the excellent activities the participating societies have underway in carbon management, and to serve as the premier bridge between engineering expertise in carbon management technology and associated societal impacts of carbon management and greenhouse gas issues.
Rahman, who has been a member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1979, serves as a vice president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, and series editor for an IEEE online tutorial package on the smart grid.
In addition, he chairs the National Science Foundation Advisory committee for the Office of International Science and Engineering. Rahman also serves on the Arlington County, Va., task force on sustainable energy.
IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. It has more than 400,000 members in over 160 countries. IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of 210,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.
Virginia Tech has fostered a growing partnership with the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C., community since 1969. Today, the university’s presence in the National Capital Region includes graduate programs and research centers in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Leesburg, Manassas, and Middleburg. In addition to supporting the university’s teaching and research mission, Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region has established collaborations with local and federal agencies, businesses, and other institutions of higher education. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.