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Farhad Ashrafzadeh, PhD, PE, MBA

Farhad Ashrafzadeh, PhD, PE, MBA
- Founder and Director of Center for Energy Systems, Associate Professor, Greulich Chair of Energy


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Michigan State University, MI

Scholarly Interest

  • Custom prototyping and advanced test-bed development 
  • System-level diagnostics, prognosis, and performance improvement
  • Advanced power electronics and motor drives - from design to commercialization
  • System optimization through multi-physics modeling and analysis
  • Development of energy-efficient systems and products
  • Autonomous systems
  • Engineering education


  • Founder and Director of the “Center for Energy Systems,” 2018 – Present
  • Associate Professor, SEAS, WKU, 2016 – Present 
  • Endowed Chair in Energy Systems, SEAS, WKU, 2013 – Present 
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Engineering, WKU, 2012 – 2016 
  • Global Tech. Manager for Electrical Drives and Control, Whirlpool R&D Center, 2005 – 2012
  • Global Intellectual Property Manager, Whirlpool Electronics, 2007 – 2009
  • Global System & Technology Leader, Whirlpool R&D Center, 2005 – 2007 
  • Power Electronics and Electrical Drive Specialist, Whirlpool R&D Center, 1997 – 2005
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Calgary,1996 – 1997

Professional Membership & Credentials

  • Received the very first and highly prestigious “University Award on Innovation and Impact on Outstanding Corporate-Sponsored Research,” presented by WKU President & Provost, Dec. 2018.
  • Received ~$850,000 research grants out of which ~$800,000 comes from highly competitive corporate-sponsored research projects, 2018.
  • Founded the very first research center (Center for Energy Systems) in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), WKU, 2018.
  • Holder of 80+ granted patents and a total of 95+ granted/pending (U.S. and international), 2017
  • Greulich Endowed Chair in Energy Systems, WKU, 2013 – Present
  • IEEE, Senior Member, 2005 – Present
  • Research Award by WKU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 2014
  • Ogden College Junior Faculty Award for Teaching, WKU, 2015
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), Kentucky (P.E. #30388)
  • Certified Sig-Sigma Black Belt Engineer, 2005 – Present
  • WKU Applied Physics Institute (API), member, 2012 – Present
  • Associate Editor, “IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics,” 2002 – 2006
  • Keynote Speaker “IEEE International Elect. Machines and Drives Conf.”, San Antonio, TX, 2005
  • Trained Innovation Mentor, Whirlpool R&D Center, 2006
  • Invited speaker for International Workshop on Soft Computing for Industry, Muroran, Japan, 1996
  • Ranked first in Master Program in Elect. and Comp. Eng., Univ. of Sci. and Tech., Iran, 1990
  • Ranked first in nation in qualification exam for Ph.D. program in Electrical Engineering, Iran, 1989


Inventor and/or co-inventor of 80+ granted patents in advanced electrical drives, power electronics, smart grid-enabled appliances, and their system-level optimization:


  1. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20130340450, On-line energy optimization adaptive to envi. Conditions


  1. T. Yi, J. Dye (student co-author), M. Shircliff, F. Ashrafzadeh, “A New Physics-Based Drying Model of Thin Clothes in Air-Vented Clothes Dryers,” IEEE/ASME Trans. on Mechatronics, vol. 21, no. 2, April 2016
  2. S. M. Dehghan, M. Mohamadian, F. Ashrafzadeh, “Space Vectors Modulation for Nine-Switch Converters,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 1488-1496, June 2010
  3. S. M. Dehghan, M. Mohamadian, A. Yazdian, F. Ashrafzadeh, “Dual-Input Dual-output Z-Source Inverters,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 360-368, Feb. 2010
  4. M. Mohamadian, E. P. Nowicki, F. Ashrafzadeh, “A Neural Network Estimator & its Efficient DSP Implementation for Vector Controlled Induction Motor Drives,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 1622-1629, Nov.-Dec. 2003
  5. F. Ashrafzadeh, “Auto Design of Genetic Based Fuzzy Logic Controllers for Field Oriented Induction Motor Drives,” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, 1996.
  6.  F. Ashrafzadeh, “Dynamic Model and Simulation of Voltage-source Induction Motor Drives,” Master 
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