Iqbal Husain

ABB Distinguished Professor Director, FREEDM Center
 100-19 Keystone Science Center
 Campus Box 7571


Dr. Husain joined the ECE department at North Carolina State University as a Distinguished Professor after serving as a faculty member at the University of Akron, Ohio for seventeen years. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX in 1993.

Dr. Husain’s research interests are in the areas of control and modeling of electrical drives, design of electric machines, development of power conditioning circuits, microinverters for distributed power generation, inverter controls for grid synchronization, and modeling of electric and hybrid vehicle systems. He has worked extensively on the development of SR and PM motor drives for various automotive and industrial applications. The research contributions on electric machines are in the areas of design optimizations, sensorless and high performance controls, acoustic noise prediction, and parameter identification methods.

The primary application of Dr. Husain’s work is in the transportation, automotive, and aerospace industries. As a result of this exposure, Dr. Husain has developed courses for graduate and undergraduate education in electric and hybrid vehicles, and published the textbook Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: Design Fundamentals.


  • Ph.D. 1993
    Electrical Engineering
    Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Master's 1989
    Electrical Engineering
    Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor's 1987
    Electrical Engineering
    Bangladesh Unviersity of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka

Research Focus

  • Power Electronics and Power Systems

Highlighted Awards

Awards & Honors

  • 2012-2013 - IEEE-IAS Distinguished Lecturer
  • 2010 - Prize Paper Award, Electric Mahcines, Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition
  • 2009 - IEEE Fellow
  • 2006 - Prize Paper Award, IEEE-IAS Magazine
  • 2006 - SAE Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award
  • 2004 - Outstanding Researcher, College of Engineering, University of Akron
  • 2002 - Prize Paper Award, IEEE - IAS
  • 2000 - IEEE - Third Millenium Medal
  • 1998 - IEEE-IAS Outstanding Young Member Award
  • 1997 - National Science Foundation Career Award
  • 1997, 1992 - Prize Paper Award, IEEE-IAS

Recent News

Charging up

Posted on May 2, 2019 | Filed Under: News and Power

Research within Engineering is advancing electric vehicle technology.

This post was originally published in College of Engineering News.

FREEDM: A Bright Idea

Posted on October 7, 2018 | Filed Under: Research

The National Science Foundation’s FREEDM Systems Center led by NC State ECE is celebrating 10 years of work changing how we use energy.

New Tech Promises to Boost Electric Vehicle Efficiency, Range

Posted on September 15, 2016 | Filed Under: Faculty and Power and Research

Researchers in NC State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s FREEDM Systems Center have developed a new type of inverter device with greater efficiency in a smaller, lighter package – which should improve the fuel-efficienc …

Recent Media Mentions

New Tech Promises to Boost Electric Vehicle Efficiency, Range

September 15, 2016

NC State researchers have developed a new type of inverter device with greater efficiency in a smaller, lighter package ? which should improve the fuel-efficiency and range of hybrid and electric vehicles. Iqbal Husain, Dhrubo Rahman et al., engineering, featured.

Inverter Boost for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

September 20, 2016

Researchers at NC State’s Future Renewable Electric Energy Distribution and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center have developed an inverter using silicon carbide (SiC), a wide-bandgap semiconductor material. Iqbal Husain, engineering, featured.

Creating the energy Internet

February 25, 2015

The power grid is based on technology from the early 20th century, says Iqbal Husain, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University. “That needs to change.” Husain is director of the FREEDM Systems Center, a collaboration of leaders in research, industry and engineering education working to envision and then create the energy network of the future. With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) leveraged by additional industry support, the Engineering Research Center has sparked the growth of dozens of clean energy businesses in Raleigh’s Research Triangle, making the region an epicenter of smart grid development.


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