Toliyat named Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE VTS

ToliyatDr. Hamid Toliyat, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been selected an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) Distinguished Lecturer.

The Distinguished Lecturer Program provides a means for IEEE Chapters and other organizations to identify and arrange lectures by the world’s renowned authorities on IEEE VTS topics. To be elected to the Distinguished Lecturer Program, the nominated candidates must demonstrate excellence in a field of specialty of interest to IEEE VTS.

Toliyat, the Raytheon Company Professor, came to Texas A&M in 1994 after being an assistant professor at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991.

He is an IEEE Fellow and has received the prestigious Cyrill Veinott Award in Electromechanical Energy Conversion from the IEEE Power Engineering Society in 2004; Patent and Innovation Award from The Texas A&M University System Office of Technology Commercialization in 2007; the TEES Fellow Award in 2004 and 2006; Outstanding Professor Award in 2005 from Texas A&M; Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003; E.D. Brockett Professorship Award in 2002; Eugene Webb Faculty Fellow Award in 2000; and the Texas A&M Select Young Investigator Award in 1999 from Texas A&M University.

He has also received the Space Act Award from NASA in 1999 and the Schlumberger Foundation Technical Awards in 2001 and 2000. Toliyat was an editor of IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. He also was the chair of IEEE-IAS Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department of IEEE-IAS and is a member of Sigma Xi.

His main research interests and experience include analysis and design of electrical machines, variable speed drives for traction and propulsion applications, fault diagnosis of electric machinery and sensorless variable speed drives. Toliyat has supervised more than 50 graduate students, published more than 370 technical papers (more than 110 of which are in IEEE Transactions) and has presented more than 80 invited lectures all over the world. Toliyat also is an inventor and has 12 issued and pending U.S. patents in these fields.

He is the author of DSP-Based Electromechanical Motion Control (CRC Press, 2003), the co-editor of Handbook of Electric Motors, 2nd Editio (Marcel Dekker, 2004) and the co-author of Electric Machines: Modeling, Condition Monitoring and Fault Diagnosis (CRC Press, 2012). He was the general chair of the 2005 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference in San Antonio and is a professional engineer in the State of Texas.