Less than 0.1% of IEEE Voting Members Selected Annually for Such Grade Elevation
Khalifa University’s Dr. Mohamed Shawky El Moursi, Deputy Director, Advanced Power and Energy Center (APEC) and Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is elevated to IEEE Grade of Fellow effective from 1 January 2024, for his contributions to renewable energy integration and hybrid power grids.
At the November 2023 meeting, the IEEE Board of Directors selected Dr. El Moursi for this rare honor, which is granted to less than 0.1% of the total voting Institute membership in any one year. The IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. Dr. El Moursi is also a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES).
Dr. El Moursi has so far published 232 scientific articles in top-quality journals and conferences with a record of 126 IEEE Transactions, and has four U.S. patents. He has supervised 32 Master’s and 10 Ph.D. theses. His unique industrial and academic expertise, gained through his positive track record with leading manufacturers in R&D, transmission system operators, and Tier I universities, has enriched his profile. He was remarkably successful in securing the industrial-academic research grants for internally and externally funded research projects from Europe, North America, GCC countries, and South Korea.
Dr. El Moursi said: “Naming as IEEE fellow is an utmost career accomplishment, and it adds more responsibility to envision new ways for advancing the research and development to a new horizon for a wider impact on the academia and industry. I am truly honored for this valuable recognition. This would not have happened without the outstanding performance of my current and graduated students and researchers who are sharing this valuable recognition with me. I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to my esteemed colleagues and Khalifa University leadership for their endless support that paved the way for achieving high quality research works.”
Dr. El Moursi has developed new designs and control strategies for Hybrid AC/DC power grids, and was an innovator in developing new configurations of converter stations of VSC-HVDC that can isolate the grid fault and achieve smooth power evacuation based on transient management schemes for fault ride-through operation. He also introduced novel control strategies to enhance the inertia response, DC voltage regulation and frequency response/regulation for hybrid AC/DC power grids supported by novel synchronization schemes.
Dr. El Moursi’s work at Khalifa University is directly linked to the COP28 UAE Summit, where the energy transition toward renewable and smart grid is key to future sustainable energy systems.
Dr. El Moursi is also among the 90 faculty members who have earned a place on the 2023 Stanford University World Ranking, which identifies the top 2% most influential researchers worldwide. In 2019, he was also included among the 45 Khalifa University faculty who were recognized in the Stanford University listing of world’s top 2% of scientists.
Currently serving as the Theme Director of Renewable Energy Integration at the Virtual Research Institute (VRI) for Sustainable Energy Production, Storage, and Utilization, Dr. El Moursi has made notable contributions to the field. The VRI focuses on innovative research and development in the realm of sustainable energy, and Dr. El Moursi’s expertise has been instrumental in driving its success.
Earlier, Dr. El Moursi received the Khalifa Award for Education in the ‘higher education’ category, for developing several in-house experimental prototypes and tools, including the novel Stability Assessment, Visualization and Enhancement (SAVE) software based on AI and advanced deterministic techniques. This award is recognized by the UAE’s Ministry of Education and the Arab world, and is offered solely to distinguished professors. Dr. El Moursi and his research team (Dr. Younes Isbeih, Dr. Sudipta Ghosh, Dr. Surour Al Araifi, and Dr. Ahmed Atiah) received first place in the R&D Award category for Universities and Research Centers from the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE, for the development of the SAVE software.
Dr. El Moursi has also received other national and international awards, including the UAE Mission Innovation Champion in Vancouver, Canada, Faculty Research Excellence Award for the College of Engineering, and Outstanding Associate Editor award of the IEEE Transaction on Power Systems.
He is an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, IEEE Transactions on Power System (2017-2023); Guest Editor-in-Chief for a special section of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and Power Delivery (2019- 2021); Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics; Regional Editor of IET RPG and Associate Editor for IET Power Electronics. He was elected in 2018 to chair the IEEE PES chapter in UAE after serving more than two years as a Vice Chair (2015-2018).
He was also among the 18 Khalifa University faculty members selected to be part of the second cycle of the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid Academy of Scientists (MBRAS), the primary body of the UAE’s science community comprising top researchers from different institutions in the country. Dr. El Moursi received the Faculty Research Excellence Award in 2018, and the Expert and Key Employee Benefits Award in Denmark in 2006.
By Alisha Roy
27 November 2023