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WKU Engineering Faculty and Staff - Farhad Ashrafzadeh

Farhad Ashrafzadeh, PhD, PE, MBA

Farhad Ashrafzadeh, PhD, PE, MBA

Associate Professor, Greulich Chair of Energy

Office:  EBS 2110
Phone:  270-745-5877


Ph.D., P.E., MBA

Scholarly Interest

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


  •  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

  •  IEEE, Senior Member, 
  •  WKU Applied Physics Institute (API), member
  •  Holder of 80+ granted patents and a total of 90+ granted/pending (U.S. and international), 2016
  •  Appointed as the Greulich Endowed Chair in Energy Systems, WKU, 2013- Present
  •  Awarded the Ogden College Junior Faculty Award for Teaching, WKU, 2015
  •  Awarded the WKU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Award, 2014
  •  Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 2002-2006
  •  Keynote Speaker “IEEE International Elect. Machines and Drives Conf.”, San Antonio, TX, 2005
  •  Awarded Certified Sig-Sigma Black Belt Engineer, 2005
  •  Awarded Micronet Postdoctoral fellowship, Dept. of Elect. Eng., Univ. of Calgary, 1996-1997
  •  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

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