Dr. Mohd Tariq, (Senior Member, IEEE) is a graduate of IIT-Kharagpur, a top-ranked university in India, and a PhD graduate from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, which is ranked 4th in the world in engineering. He is currently working as a Faculty/Postdoctoral Associate with Energy, Power, Sustainability, and Intelligence (EPSi) Group at Florida International University.

His research focuses on high-penetration renewable systems, grid resiliency, large-scale data analysis, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. He is also an Assistant Professor (on leave) with AMU, where he was directing various international and national sponsored research projects and led a team of multiple researchers in the domain of power converters, energy storage devices, and their optimal control for electrified transportation and renewable energy application. He has previously worked as a Researcher at the Rolls-Royce-NTU Corporate Laboratory in Singapore, as a Scientist with the National Institute of Ocean Technology in Chennai, and as an Assistant Professor at the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) in Bhopal, India. He has secured several fundings worth approx. 18 million INR for AMU. He is also the inventor of more than 25 patents granted/published by the patent offices of USA, Australia, U.K., Europe, India, and China. He has authored more than 200 research papers in international journals/conferences including many articles in IEEE Transactions/Journals. His G-scholar citation H-index is 22, i-10 index is 60 with total citation counts of more than 1800.

Dr. Tariq was a recipient of the 2019 Premium Award for Best Paper in IET Electrical Systems in Transportation Journal for his work on more electric aircraft and the Best Paper Award from the IEEE Industry Applications Society’s (IAS) and the Industrial Electronic Society (IES), Malaysia Section-Annual Symposium (ISCAIE-2016), Penang, Malaysia, and many other best paper awards from different international conferences. He is the Young Scientist Scheme Awardee supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, in 2019, the Young Engineer Awardee by the institution of engineers, India, in 2020, and the Young Researchers Awardee by the Innovation Council, AMU, in 2021. He is also the Founder Chair of the IEEE AMU Student Branch and IEEE SIGHT AMU. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Access journal and the Editorial Board Member of the Scientific Report (Nature) journal.


Dr. Hugo Riggs, a Ph.D. candidate at the Engineering and Computing Department with B.S. Computer Science, Florida International University, and Eckerd college respectively. Hugo’s research is predominantly on developing a forecasting algorithm of utility-scale photovoltaic array generation over multiple time scales spanning one minute to 1 month. Hugo also does research on the vulnerabilities of distributed energy resources to cyber-attacks.


Dr. Asadullah Khalid received his Bachelors degree from the Aligarh Muslim University, India (2013) and his M.S. degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (2015), both in Electrical Engineering. From 2014 to 2017, he worked in the Wireless/Consumer Electronics (Motorola) and Automotive (Nissan) industries. As an Electronics Engineer at Nissan, he was involved in design, development and release of electronic accessories on all Nissan and Infiniti classes and grades. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University, USA. His research interests include Power Electronics, Battery Management Systems, Smart Grid Communications and Renewable Energy Systems.

Email:  akhal032@fiu.edu

Dr. Temitayo Olowu received his OND (2001), HND (2005), from the Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti and his BS (2010) and MS (2014) from University of Benin, Nigeria all in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems and Machines). He was a trainee on O&G operations and exploration at Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) summer school in 2009. He has worked at different times since 2000 in the Manufacturing Industry, Communication Industry, Academics and the Renewable Energy Industry. He was part of the team that designed and executed several government and individual solar powered projects in Nigeria.He joined the EPS lab as a research assistant in fall 2017 for his PhD under Dr. Arif Sarwat. His research interest include High PV Penetration and aggregation, Smart Grid, Power Electronics, Electrical Machines and Drives.

Email:  tolow003@fiu.edu

Dr. Anjan Debnath obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) before he joined at EPS Lab in Fall-2019 as a PhD Student. He has more than 2 years of professional experience in power engineering field and more than 8 years of teaching experience. His research interests include control applications in distributed generation systems, microgrids and applications of artificial neural networks in renewable energy systems.


Past Postdocs

Dr. Rishiraj Sarker, received the B.Tech. in electrical and electronics engineering and the M.Tech. degree in power systems engineering from the West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata, India in 2010 and 2015, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India in 2022.

From 2016 to 2022, he worked as a power electronics researcher in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India, respectively. Since 2022, he has been working as a Faculty/Postdoctoral Associate with the Energy, Power, Sustainability, and Intelligence (EPSi) Group at Florida International University, Miami, USA. His research interest includes the design of power electronics converters for microgrid and electric vehicle applications, high penetration renewable systems, grid resiliency, and cybersecurity.

Dr. Sarker has received several Govt. of India award including CSIR-SRF in 2019, DeitY-JRF in 2016, and MHRD-GATE in 2013. He has authored several research papers in international journals/conferences including several articles in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. He is a regular reviewer of IEEE Transactions journals and other scientific articles.


Dr. Haneen Aburub received the B.Sc. degree in mechatronics engineering from Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan, in 2012, the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA, in 2013, and the PhD. Degree in electrical engineering from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA, in 2016. She is currently working as a Postdoctoral research associate at Florida International University in developing solutions that keeps the future smart grid to be resilient, reliable, and stable under the high penetration of renewable resources.

During her Ph.D. studies, she was working on a research project funded by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that focuses on developing sub- and full- optimized algorithms for operating adjustable speed pumped hydro storage in the current and future day-ahead and real-time US energy markets. In the summer of 2014, she gained a great deal of industry experience in the market optimization area while working on a day-ahead ISO-NE market project with the Market Management Systems (MMS) team at Alstom Grid. In 2013, she was a part of a Power Systems Engineering Center (PSERC) funded project, in which she assessed the use of the California ISO (CAISO) wholesale grid state indicator to enable price-responsive demand. This assessment was based on system and economic analyses for using the indicator to manage the operation of various smart grid technologies and applications. In 2012, she built with her team a self balanced two-wheeled human transportation system similar to the well- known Segway. She improved her control systems background during her internship period at the maintenance section of airplanes at RJAA.

Her current research interests are power systems economics and markets, energy storage optimization, renewable energy Integration, demand response, and smart grid development.

Email:  haburub@fiu.edu