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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


  • 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

  • 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

  • Received around $800,000 external research contracts from world-class corporations, 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
  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 load characterization
  30. Farhad Ashrafzadeh, et al., EP2607542A2, Maximizing drum speed by continuously monitoring inertia.

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