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Faculty

A hallmark of electrical engineering faculty is their commitment to undergraduate education. Our professors readily make themselves available to assist students. Where appropriate, our faculty is augmented by experienced professionals in industry serving as adjunct faculty.

Faculty offices are located in the Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science (EMCS) building on the third floor.

 

Ahmed H. Eltom, P.E., Professor and Chair

Picture of Dr. Ahmed EltomDr. Eltom is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Electrical Engineering. He is an expert in the areas of energy efficient systems, energy conservation, power system protection, advanced motor modeling, and fault analysis.

He has been teaching power system analysis and protection for over 20 years. He developed state of the art industry grade relay laboratory. The laboratory is an educational and research tool for undergraduate and graduate students as well as a training facility for industry engineers. He is the author of Energy Efficient Motors Reference Guide (© 1992, Ahmed H. Eltom). He has published numerous articles in the areas of system protection, motor modeling, and energy conservation.

Dr. Eltom was a Fulbright Scholar to State Qatar, a consultant for the African development bank, Tennessee Valley Authority, and the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a senior member of the IEEE, the former chair of the IEEE PES section in the greater Chattanooga area, and a registered professional engineer in the state of Tennessee.

 

 

Abdul R. Ofoli, P.E., U.C. Foundation Assistant Professor

Picture of Dr. Abdul OfoliDr. Ofoli received his B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, in 1999, and the M.Eng. degree and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Howard University, Washington, DC, in 2002 and 2006, respectively.

During his graduate studies at Howard University, he developed and implemented real-time control algorithms for industrial applications using advance digital control, adaptive control techniques and intelligent control for alternative energy systems, drives, automation and power networks. To show the applicability of these controls to the industrial world, he focused on hardware implementation of most of these control techniques using industrial standard rapid prototyping tools like dSPACE systems utilizing Matlab/Simulink software from Mathworks. He was the recipient of the 2006 IEEE/IAS Transaction Second Prize Paper Award.

Prior to joining the UTC in August 2010, Dr Ofoli has been working with Cummins, Inc., at their headquarters in Columbus, IN, as a senior controls engineer for four years. At Cummins, he developed and implemented real-time control algorithms and strategies for diesel automotive applications to meet specific control objectives with the major one being the 2010 EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) emission standard for diesel engines. His developed software for emission controls are currently being used on 2010 Cummins Diesel engines and three patents have been filled in regard to that.

 

Nur Sisworahardjo, Assistant Professor

Picture of Dr. Nur SisworahardjoDr. Sisworahardjo received his bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees all in Electrical Engineering. Before moving to the United States to pursue his graduate degrees, he was a Junior Researcher and worked in various research projects funded by the state electricity company of Indonesia in the field of load forecasting, application of geographic information systems (GIS) for power distribution systems, the effect of electric and magnetic fields from HV/EHV transmission lines to human health, and power system expansion planning by using Wien Automatic System Planning (WASP) package. He is also an instructor for the energy conservation program for commercial buildings and hotels and numerical analysis and computer applications in power systems for electrical engineers.

During graduate studies at Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Alabama, he was involved in research on computer modeling and simulation of intelligent agents for power electronics building blocks (PEBB), short-term generating unit asset valuation, and application of modern optimization techniques in power systems.

Prior to his appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he was a Research Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of South Alabama. He conducted a study of reliability of low power direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) system, model development of proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC), dynamic characteristics evaluation of PEMFC operation, and dynamic characteristics evaluation of low power portable fuel cell. He also taught various undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of South Alabama.

His research interest including smart grid, distributed generation, renewable/alternative energy, power systems operation, optimization, simulation, and planning.

 

Raga Ahmed, Assistant Professor

Dr. Raga joined the Electrical Engineering department this Fall, 2013.

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