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Irfan Ahmad Khan

Instructional Assistant Professor
Department of Marine Engineering Technology, in joint appointment with Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University College Station

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”

- Thomas A. Edison

Get To Know Irfan Ahmad Khan

What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

I was a born Electrical Engineer. Growing up I was always trying to understand how everything worked, often taking random household items apart and trying to re-assemble them. A fascination with electrical power systems and how electrical energy reaches our homes was a natural progression of this curiosity.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

I hope my students should learn how to think. They should be curious about every phenomenon happening in electrical system. They should come up with new ideas to solve the same problem. This way, they will learn new things.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

I am a consistent learner, I am passionate about learning and trying new things in my profession. These are pushing factors that motivate me to explore new ideas and perform research on them.


Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2018

M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2017

M.S. Electrical Power Engineering, University of Greenwich UK, 2011

B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore Pakistan, 2009

Courses Taught
Electrical Power II
Power System Operation and Control
Power System Analysis
Introduction to Power Systems
Optimization in Energy Networks
Smart Grid and Future Energy Networks

PhD Thesis

Novel Control Algorithms for Hierarchical Control of Power Systems

Master’s Thesis

Universal Battery Charger Master's Thesis, 2011.

Peer Reviewed Journals

Vikram Bhattacharjee, Irfan Khan, “Necessary and sufficient conditions for stability of a model based linear control system”, under preparation.

Nasir, M. Anees, H. A. Khan, I. Khan, Y. Xu and J. M. Guerrero, "Integration and Decentralized Control of Standalone Solar Home Systems for off-grid Community Applications," in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications. doi: 10.1109/TIA.2019.2911605

Mashood Nasir, Hassan Abbas Khan, Irfan Khan *, Naveed ul Hassan, Nauman Zaffar, Aneeq Mehmood, Thilo Sauter, S. M. Muyeen, “Grid Load Reduction through Optimized PV Power Utilization in Intermittent Grids using a Low-cost Hardware Platform”, accepted in Energies.

Irfan Khan, Vikram Bhattacharjee, “Effect of the Approximation of Voltage Angle Difference on the OPF algorithms in the Power Network,” accepted in Energy Systems (Springer) [likely to be published in April, 2019].

I. Khan, Y. Xu, S. Kar, M. Chow and V. Bhattacharjee, "Compressive Sensing and Morphology Singular Entropy-Based Real-time Secondary Voltage Control of Multi-area Power Systems," in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics.

Vikram Bhattacharjee, and Irfan Khan. "A non-linear convex cost model for economic dispatch in microgrids." Applied Energy 222 (2018): 637-648.

Irfan Khan*, Y. Xu, S. Kar and H. Sun, "Compressive Sensing-based Optimal Reactive Power Control of a Multi-area Power System," in IEEE Access, vol. 5, pp. 23576-23588, 2017.

Irfan Khan*, Yinliang Xu, Vikram Bhattacharjee, Hongbin Sun, Distributed optimal reactive power control of power system, in IEEE Access, vol. PP, Issue.99, pp. 1-1, 2017.

Irfan Khan*, Z. Li, W. Gu, and Y. Xu, "Distributed control algorithm for optimal reactive power control in power grids," International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, vol. 83, pp 505–513, Dec. 2016.

Selected Conference Papers

Saad Khan, Hussain Shareef, Irfan Khan, Vikram Bhattacharjee, Khurram Sultan, “Effect of ambient conditions on water management and faults in PEMFC systems: A Review”, accepted in the Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE).

Irfan Khan, Adnan Akbar, Yinliang Xu, “Sliding Window Regression based Short-Term Load Forecasting of a Multi-Area Power System”, accepted in the Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE).

Khan, Irfan, Soummya Kar, and Yinliang Xu. "Real-time Singular Value Decomposition based Load Frequency Control of Multi-area Power System." In 2018 Clemson University Power Systems Conference (PSC), pp. 1-7. IEEE, 2018.

Irfan Khan*, Y. Xu, and B. Tahir. "Design and construction of digital automatic voltage regulator for stand-alone synchronous generator," 2015 IEEE International Conference on Cyber Technology in Automation, Control, and Intelligent Systems, pp.217-222, 2015.

Qiang Wan, W. Zhang, Y. Xu and I. Khan, "Distributed control for energy management in a microgrid," 2016 IEEE/PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition (T&D), Dallas, TX, 2016, pp. 1-5.

Books/Book Chapters

Irfan Khan, Yihe Zhang, Hengyu Xue, and Mashood Nasir. "A Distributed Coordination Framework for Smart Microgrids." In Smart Microgrids, pp. 119-136. Springer, Cham, 2019.


February 18-20, 2019:  gave a talk at Global Power and Energy Summit on "Control algorithms for hierarchical control of power systems".

February 15, 2019: gave a talk at ECE Texas A&M University College Station on "Novel control algorithms for the power system".

July 21, 2018: “Hierarchical control for multi-area power systems” at Electrical Engineering department, University of Lahore, Pakistan.

May 22, 2017: “Power Loss Minimization in Smart Grids”, at School of Electric Power, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China.

June 20, 2016: “Algorithms to optimize reactive power generation in fully couple power system” at University of South Asia, Lahore. Pakistan.

August 5, 2015: “Energy Management in smart grids” at Electrical Engineering department, University of Lahore, Pakistan.

Grants and Fellowships

Start-up package of $10,000, Texas A&M University

Research grant $45,000 each year for two years, Texas A&M University

Awards & Recognition

2018: Team won 3rd prize in “Impact-a Thon” competition, arranged by Carnegie Mellon University.

Awarded Ph.D. Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University.

Secured first position with distinction in M.Sc. Electrical Power Engineering degree at University of Greenwich, UK.(MEDAL)

Prize Winner of the School of Engineering Award for Overall Best Performance on Master’s degree in Electrical Power Engineering at University of Greenwich, UK.

Procured Japanese-HEC need/merit-based scholarship to pursue undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Engineering &Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.

2012: Awarded Best Teacher Award for Fall 2012, University of Lahore Pakistan.

Synergistic Activities

Registration Chair at International Symposium on Measurement and Control in Robotics, (ISMCR 2019)

Invited Speaker: Power and Energy Global Summit, Dubai (2019); University of Lahore Pakistan (2018).

Top 2% reviewer at TAMUG: Reviewed 37 research articles and achieved 98th percentile of reviewers from Texas A&M University Galveston USA by Publons between January 2018 and January 2019; and 88th percentile of reviewers in Energy (all) by Publons between January 2018 and January 2019. Attached is a summary of Dr. Khan’s profile as a reviewer on Publons for last year.

Journals Reviewed: IEEE Transactions on Power Systems; IEEE Transactions on Smart Grids; IEEE Transactions on Industry Application systems; IEEE Access; IET Smart Grids; Energies; Applied Energy; Energy & Environment; Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies; European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Engineering Technology.

Science & Engineering Judge: Served as judge for 2019 Galveston County Science & Engineering Fair.

Innovation in Teaching and Training: Redesigned electrical courses at Marine Engineering Technology, Texas A&M University Galveston (2018); started using Drawboard PDF to keep record of each activity in class.

Development of Algorithms: Designed algorithms for cost-effective Lithium battery connected microgrids (2018); developed algorithms for Photovoltaic based rural electrification (2018); developed algorithms for energy efficient electrical distribution systems (2017).

Professional Service: Served as Faculty Advisor, SNAME Galveston Chapter (2018-present); Vice Chair of IEEE Power and Energy Systems joint chapter of Galveston section (2018-present); member of the IEEE (2014-present).

Contact Info

Irfan Ahmad Khan
Instructional Assistant Professor
Department of Marine Engineering Technology
(in joint appointment with Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University College Station)
Phone: +1 (409) 740-4549
Fax: +1 (409) 741-7153

Powell Marine Engineering Complex, Office 165

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