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WKU Engineering Faculty and Staff - Farhad Ashrafzadeh

Farhad Ashrafzadeh, PhD

Farhad Ashrafzadeh, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office:  EBS 2110
Phone:  270-745-5877


EE 431 Introduction to Power Systems

EE200  Design II






Power electronics and motor drives

System-level diagnostics, prognosis, and control of energy systems

Development of Energy-efficient and eco-friendly products

Solar and wind energy conversion and its integration with smart grid


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 70 patents (granted and/or pending) on energy-efficient and eco-friendly appliances.  His research interests include energy conversion and advanced electrical drives in renewable energies for various applications including smart grid, hybrid cars, and energy-efficient products.

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