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WKU Engineering Faculty and Staff - Farhad Ashrafzadeh

Farhad Ashrafzadeh, PhD, PE

Farhad Ashrafzadeh, PhD, PE

Assistant Professor and Greulich Chair of Energy

Office:  EBS 2110
Phone:  270-745-5877
Email:  farhad.ashrafzadeh@wku.edu
Website:  https://sites.google.com/site/wkuenergylab/home

Research

  • Advanced power electronics and motor drives
  • Development of energy-efficient and eco-friendly products
  • System-level diagnostics, prognosis, and control of energy systems
  • Solar and wind energy conversion and its integration with smart grid
  • System engineering
  • Engineering education

Bio

Dr. Farhad Ashrafzadeh has joined the Electrical Engineering Program at Department of Engineering at the Western Kentucky University after 15 years of experience at the Research and Development Center in Whirlpool Corporation where he served as an electrical motor drive and power electronics specialist. He has extensive experience in the design, development, and commercialization of highly reliable and cost effective motor drive and power electronics for both home appliances and industrial applications.  He has also served as a system engineer where he has specifically optimized power electronics and motor drives for maximum value extraction at the system level.

Dr. Ashrafzadeh has been the Keynote Speaker for “IEEE International Electrical Machines and Drives Conf.”, San Antonio, Texas in 2005. He also served as an Associated Editor for the IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics. He has been an adjunct professor for both Western Michigan University (WMU) and Indiana University at South Bend, member of External Advisory Board for the College of Science and Engineering at Andrews University and WMU, invited speaker for various universities and IEEE sections, and the chair and session organizer for a number of IEEE conferences. He is a Certified Six-Sigma Black-Belt Engineer.

Dr. Ashrafzadeh holds more than 70+ granted patentsand a total of 89 granted/pending (U.S. and international) in advanced power electronics, electrical drives, and their integration energy-efficient systems.  

GRANTED PATENTS (SELECTED):

 1. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20130340450 On-line energy consumption optimization adaptive to environmental conditions

 2. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20130160219 Efficient energy usage for a laundry appliance

 3. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20110016738 Laundry treating appliance with controlled mechanical energy

 4. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20140123514 Laundry treating appliance with tumble pattern control

 5. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20080120789 Clothes bunching detection for an automatic washer

 6. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20080109967 Tangling detection for an automatic washer

 7. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100205824 Laundry treating appliance with fluffing-state detection

 8. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20080115295 Mechanical action estimation for washing machines

 9. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20080120790 Adaptive water level adjustment for an automatic washer

10. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20090314801 Hands free, controlled auto-fill for a dispenser

11. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100101317 Lid based amount sensor

12. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100106626 System and method for tracking inventory history

13. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100205820 Laundry treating appliance with load surface area detection

14. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100205823 Laundry treating appliance with fluffing-state imaging control

15. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100205825 Laundry treating appliance with bulky item detection

16. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100205826 Laundry treating appliance with imaging control

17. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100263136 Method and apparatus for determining laundry load size

18. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20090314016 Ice imaging system

19. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100046793 Ice quality sensing system employing digital imaging

20. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100102959 Modular attribute sensing device

21. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100106446 Attribute sensing processes

22. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100106624 Method of inventory management

23. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100106521 Consumables inventory management method

24. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100155415 Select fill sensor system for refrigerator dispensers

25. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20130174353 laundry treating appliance with reciprocating movement

26. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100106446 Attribute sensing processes

27. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20100102959 Modular attribute sensing device

28. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20140057214 Boil and boil-dry detection methods for cooking appliances

29. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., US20120138092 Dishwasher with imaging device for measuring load characteristics

30. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., EP2607542A2 Maximizing drum speed by continuously monitoring inertia

HONORS and AWARDS:

§      Awarded the position of Greulich Chair in Energy Systems by the WKU President, Jan. 2014

§      Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the Commonwealth of Kentucky (P.E. #30388), 2014

§      Nominated for Faculty Award for Teaching, Ogden College of Science and Eng., WKU, 2014

§      Nominated for Faculty Award for Research, Ogden College of Science and Eng., WKU, 2014

§      Nominated for Faculty Award for Advising, Ogden College of Science and Eng., WKU, 2014

§      Received research award by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, WKU, Dec. 2014

§      Awarded 70+ granted patents and a total of 89 granted/pending (U.S. and international), 2015

§      Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Eng., Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo, MI, 2005-2012

§      Faculty Associate, School of Business and Econ., Indiana Univ. at South Bend (IUSB), IN, 2011-2012

§      Member of External Advisory Committee, Dept. of Mech. Eng., WMU, Kalamazoo, MI, 2003-12

§      Member of Industrial Committee Dept. of Eng. and Comp. Sci., Andrews University, MI, 2011-12

§      Served as an external reviewer for Ph.D. dissertations, Dept. of Mech. Eng., WMU, MI, 2004-12

§      Served Electrical motor drive and power electronics specialist, Whirlpool’s R&D Center, 1997-2012

§      Had the privilege of  mentoring new researchers with Ph.D. degrees, Whirlpool Corp., 2005-2012

§      Established of a world-class research team and lab in power electronics, Whirlpool R&D Center, 2007

§      Trained innovation mentor in facilitating innovation workshop for IP creation, Whirlpool Corp., 2007

§      Active participant in ABET accreditation process for the Dept. of Mech. Eng., WMU, MI, 2007

§      Received four performance awards, Whirlpool R&D Center, 2000-2006

§      Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 2002-2006

§      Keynote Speaker “IEEE International Electrical Machines and Drives Conf.”, San Antonio, TX, 2005

§      Certified Sig-Sigma Black Belt Engineer, since 2005

§      Initiated and organized three symposiums in power electronics/motor drives, Whirlpool Corp., 2003-05

§      Proven record of obtaining external funding, Whirlpool’s R&D Center, (see Funding section)

§      Invited Speaker for more than 12 universities and IEEE sections, 2000-present, (see Page-6)

§      Chair and organizer for a number of IEEE/ISA conference sessions, 2000-2005

§      Postdoctoral fellowship by Micronet Inc., Dept. of Elect. Eng., Univ. of Calgary, Canada, 1996-1997

§      Invited paper presented at the Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, 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., Tehran, Iran, 1990

§      Ranked first in nation in qualification exam for Ph.D. program in Elec. Eng., Tehran, Iran, 1989

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