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Dr. Shafiqur Rehman, Renewables, Best Researcher Award

Doctorate at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia


Dr. Shafiqur Rehman is an accomplished mechanical engineer and researcher specializing in renewable energy systems. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pretoria and has extensive experience in wind and solar energy resource assessment, hybrid power system design, and techno-economic feasibility studies. Since 2005, he has been serving as an Associate Professor at the Research Institute of KFUPM in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where he has contributed significantly to the field of renewable energy through both his research and teaching. Dr. Rehman’s work has a strong focus on optimizing renewable energy systems to enhance their efficiency and integration into existing power grids, addressing critical challenges in sustainable energy development.

Professional Profile:


Dr. Shafiqur Rehman received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, in 2012. He earned his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Thermal Sciences from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in 1985, achieving a GPA of 3.875 on a 4.0 scale. He completed his B.Sc. Engg. (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, U.P., India, in 1981, ranking second in his class with a GPA of 8.6 on a 10.0 scale. Additionally, Dr. Rehman holds a B.Sc. (Honors) degree in Physics from AMU, obtained in 1977 with first rank in merit and 70% marks. He also has a Pre-University School Certificate from AMU (1974) with 67% marks and a High School Certificate from the U.P. Board of High School and Intermediate Education, Allahabad, U.P., India (1973), where he achieved 68.8% marks.

Professional Experience:

Dr. Rehman is currently serving as a Research Engineer-II (Associate Professor) at the Research Institute, KFUPM, a position he has held since March 2005. Prior to this, he was a Research Engineer-III (Assistant Professor) at the same institute from April 1999 to March 2005. From September 1991 to March 1999, he worked as an Engineer-I, and from April 1986 to August 1991, as an Engineer-II at the Research Institute, KFUPM. His career at KFUPM began as a Research Assistant in the Mechanical Engineering Department from December 1982 to November 1985. Before joining KFUPM, Dr. Rehman worked as a Design Engineer at N. C. Gupta A/C. Consultants in New Delhi, India, from November 1981 to December 1982.

Research Interest:

Dr. Rehman’s research interests encompass various domains within renewable energy and mechanical engineering, including:

  • Wind Energy Resource Assessment, Potential Site Identification, Grid-Connected and Off-Grid Wind Farm Design and Optimization, Techno-Economic Feasibility, Wind-Diesel Hybrid Power System Design and Optimization
  • Solar Energy Resource Assessment, PV System Sizing, PV-Diesel Hybrid Power System Design, Techno-Economic Feasibility, Hybrid Power System Optimization, PV and Wind Water Pumping and Water Desalination
  • Wind-PV-Diesel Hybrid Power System Design and Optimization
  • Pumped Storage Plants for Improving Load Management
  • Geothermal Resource Assessment
  • Surface and Upper Air Meteorological Data Acquisition and Analysis

Publications Top Noted: 

Global review and synthesis of trends in observed terrestrial near-surface wind speeds: Implications for evaporation

  • TR McVicar, ML Roderick, RJ Donohue, LT Li, TG Van Niel, A Thomas, S Rehman, et al.
  • Journal of Hydrology, 416, 182-205, 2012. (Citations: 1193)

Pumped hydro energy storage system: A technological review

  • S Rehman, LM Al-Hadhrami, MM Alam.
  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 44, 586-598, 2015. (Citations: 1190)

Support vector machines for wind speed prediction

  • MA Mohandes, TO Halawani, S Rehman, AA Hussain.
  • Renewable Energy, 29(6), 939-947, 2004. (Citations: 917)

Performance evaluation of a PV (photovoltaic) module by back surface water cooling for hot climatic conditions

  • H Bahaidarah, A Subhan, P Gandhidasan, S Rehman.
  • Energy, 59, 445-453, 2013. (Citations: 625)

Estimation of global solar radiation using artificial neural networks

  • M Mohandes, S Rehman, TO Halawani.
  • Renewable Energy, 14(1-4), 179-184, 1998. (Citations: 464)
Shafiqur Rehman | Renewables | Best Researcher Award

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