Iravani named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Professor Reza Iravani

Sept. 7, 2017

Professor Reza Iravani of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) on the basis of his exceptional contributions to scholarship in his field.

Professors Iravani and Milica Radisic (IBBME/ChemE) are among 89 leading Canadian researchers named in 2017. The RSC’s mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise governments and organizations, and to promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada. Fellowship in the RSC is one of the highest honours a Canadian researcher can achieve.

“Professors Iravani and Radisic’s pioneering research contributions have established them as leaders in their fields, both in Canada and globally,” said Dean Cristina Amon. “They exemplify the very best of engineering innovation and the tremendous calibre of research conducted at U of T Engineering. On behalf of the Faculty, I congratulate them on this richly deserved honour.”

Iravani is a leading researcher in a number of disciplines related to electric power systems and power electronics, and a pioneer in developing the control and operational concepts of microgrids and active distribution systems. He has made seminal contributions to his field in several areas, including: high-voltage direct-current transmission systems, flexible AC transmission systems, renewable and alternative energy resources, and grid-scale electric energy storage systems.

Iravani has also successfully applied the results of his groundbreaking research to technology development; his work has been used in the development and improvement of several cutting-edge technologies and widely adopted by industry. Iravani is founder of the Centre for Applied Power Electronics (CAPE), which provides state-of-the-art infrastructure and skilled personnel to facilitate university-industry collaborative research and development projects with the goal of modernizing the electric power grid.  Within CAPE, he has established a real-time simulation research test-bed facility which is unique in Canada. Iravani is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and recently served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery.

The new RSC fellows will be inducted at the Society’s Celebration of Excellence in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 24, 2017.

With files from Carolyn Farrell

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Jessica MacInnis
Senior Communications Officer
The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering