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City engineering academic named 2016 IEEE Fellow

Professor of Photonics, Professor B.M. Azizur Rahman, has been recognised for his contribution to photonic design.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Portrait of Azizur Rahman City University London’s Professor of Photonics, Professor B.M. Azizur Rahman, has been recognised as a 2016 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contribution to the application of fully vectorial finite element methods to photonics design. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors on a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting membership. The IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honour and an important career achievement. 

Professor Rahman is delighted at being made a Fellow of the IEEE: 

“I am very honoured to receive this recognition from the global photonics community for the quality and impact of the work carried out by myself and my research group over the years. I have a very high regard for the IEEE and its contributions to engineering, so to be named as an IEEE Fellow is a significant personal achievement for me”.

For the past four decades, Professor Rahman has been working on the development of computationally-efficient finite element based numerical methods for frequency domain modal solutions, beam propagation method, and junction analysis and time domain approaches and their applications to design, analyse and optimise a wide range of photonic devices, such as spot-size converters, high-speed optical modulators, compact bend designs, power splitters, polarisation splitters, polarisation rotators, polarization controllers, SBS, terahertz devices, etc.  

Path-breaking research

He has published more than 500 journal and conference papers, and his journal papers have been cited more than 3200 times, with an h-index value of 28. He has supervised 23 students to complete their PhD degrees as their first supervisor and received more than £8 M in research grants.

Rahman coverProfessor Rahman received his BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering with distinctions from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1976 and 1979, respectively. He also received two gold medals for being the best undergraduate and graduate student of the university. In 1979, he was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study for a PhD degree in the UK and subsequently in 1982 received his PhD degree in Electronics from University College London. In 2013, he co-authored Finite Element Modeling Methods for Photonics with Dr Arti Agrawal. Congratulating Professor Rahman on his Fellowship, Dean of the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, Professor Roger Crouch said: “I heartily congratulate Professor Rahman on his most recent academic achievement. His path-breaking research work in the field of finite element methods in photonic design has been globally recognised and cited by leading scholars in the field. We at City are proud to have him. His scholarship has most certainly bolstered City’s reputation as an important institution for the study of photonics.” George Daniels Professor of Scientific Instrumentation, Professor Ken Grattan said: “Professor Rahman is a very worthy recipient of this Fellowship which recognising distinction and achievement in his field of photonics. It is a very important award from a globally recognised professional organisation. He has organised many IEEE-supported events and seminars which have brought a range of world-class speakers to City over several years. I congratulate Aziz on his recent honour.”


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