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Dr. Abdurrahim El-Keib
Professor and Chairman

 

 

  • B.S. (Honors): University of Tripoli, 1973;
  • M.S.: University of Southern California, 1976;
  • Ph.D.: North Carolina State University, 1984

Dr. Abdurrahim El-Keib joined The University of Alabama as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1985 and became Professor in 1996. He has taught at The University of Tripoli, North Carolina State University, The University of Alabama, the American University of Sharjah, and recently at The Petroleum Institute in UAE. He supervised many MSc Theses and PhD Dissertations and is recipient of several teaching and research awards.

Dr. El-Keib's research in the area of Electrical Power Engineering and is an author of numerous research papers. His research was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the US Department of Energy (US DoE), Southern Company Services (SC), and Alabama Power Company (APCO). He has published numerous papers and research reports and a book chapter. His work on Emissions Constrained Dispatch and VoltlVar compensation on primary distribution feeders has been implemented by several companies in the US. He also served as a consultant to several industries including Alabama Power Company and Southern Company Services.

He served as a member of the Board of Directors, the Arab Science and Technology Foundation, 2001-2007, a member of the Science and Technology Panel, the Islamic Development Bank, Senior member of IEEE, Associate Editor for the IEEE Power Engineering Society Letters, 1992-2000, and the World Science and Engineering Academy and Society (WSEAS) Transactions on Power Systems, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Korean Institute of electrical Engineers (KIEE)/Society of Power Engineering, and of the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Innovations in Energy Systems and Power (IJESP).

While on leave from The University of Alabama, he spent two years (1999-2001) at the American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. He served as the Director of the Division of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering. Together with his colleagues on the faculty, they built the Division and achieved the UAE national accreditation for it. While serving as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at The Petroleum Institute, he served and/or chaired a number of important committees and led the effort of development and accreditation of the electrical engineering undergraduate and graduate programs, and the PI Master of Science program. During the period 2007-09, he coordinated the PI Graduate Program and initiated and chaired the PI Graduate Council. He also coordinated the development of the PI e-Learning System to deliver PI graduate courses.

He is experienced with ABET accreditation and Curriculum design. He is trained to serve as an ABET evaluator, served as Chair of the Assessment Committee and had actively participated in developing the assessment process and preparing accreditation material for three ABET visits at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The University of Alabama.

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award “For Leadership and Excellence in Power Engineering Research, Outstanding Contributions to the Power and Energy Education, and Dedicated Service to the Engineering Profession,” IEEE/PES UAE Chapter, 2009.
  • Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the President of the IEEE/PES issued by the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Energy Development and Power Generation Committee “in Recognition of Distinguished Service to the Energy Development and Power Generation Committee …,” at the General Meeting in Calgary, Canada, July 2009.”
  • Member, Board of Directors, the Arab Science and Technology Foundation, 2001-2007.
  • Associate Editor, the IEEE/PES Power Engineering Letters, 1992-2000.
  • Associate Editor, World Science and Engineering Academy and Society (WSEAS) Transactions on Power Systems.
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, the Korean Institute of electrical Engineers (KIEE)/Society of Power Engineering.
  • Member of the Science and Technology Panel, the Islamic Development Bank IDB.
  • Merit Scholarship, PhD, MSc, and BSc.
  • Recipient of the 1999 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Instructor Award, The University of Alabama.
  • Nominee for
  • The University of Alabama Alumni Award for Outstanding Commitment to Teaching, 2004-05.
  • Excellence in Service Award, American University of Sharjah, 2001.
  • T. Morris Hackney Endowed Faculty Leadership Award in the College of Engineering; The University of Alabama, 1997, 1998.
  • College of Engineering Nominee for The University of Alabama's 1991-92 Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Scholarship.
  • NSF Engineering Research Initiation Award, 1989-1990.
  • First Place Award, 1996 Technical Paper Prize Competition, Alabama Section of IEEE for the paper, "Application of Artificial Neural Networks in Voltage Stability Assessment," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 10, November 1995, pp. 1890-1896.
  • Third Place Award, 1986 Technical Paper Prize Competition, Alabama Section of IEEE for "Placement of Fixed and/or Non-Simultaneously Switched Capacitors on Unbalanced Three-phase Feeders Involving Laterals," IEEE Transactions on Power Apparatus and Systems, Vol. 104, November 1985.
  • Member the following Honors societies:
    • Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars), President-elect, 2001-02, The University of Alabama.
    • Eta Kappa Nu (Honor Society for Electrical and Computer Engineers).
    • Sigma Xi (Honor Society for Research).

Selected Refereed Publications:

  • A.A. El-Keib, I. Sadek, (Editors), Special issue on Modeling, Simulation, and Applied Optimization, the Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computation, Volume 206, Issue 2, December 2008.
  • A. A. El-Keib, (Editor), Proceedings of the 2007 Modeling, Simulations, and Applied Optimization, March 2007.
  • L. Wu, J. Park, J. Choi, A. A. EI-Keib, “Probabilistic Reliability Evaluation of Power Systems Including Wind Turbine Generators Considering Wind Speed Correlation,” KIEE JEET International Transactions. (to appear).
  • J. Park, W. Liang, J. Choi, A. A. El-Keib, "Probabilistic Production Cost Credit Evaluation of Wind Turbine Generators,'' The International Journal of Innovative Computing, Information and Control (IJICIC), Vol.5, No.12, December 2009.
  • J. Kwon, J. Choi, T. Tran, A. El-Keib, J. Watada, “Emissions constrained multi-criteria-best generation mix using fuzzy dynamic programming,” International Journal of Innovative Computing, Information and Control, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 41-52, 2007.
  • J. Park, J. Choi, D. Jeon, A. A. El-Keib, J. Mitra, Roy Billinton, Grid Expansion Planning considering Probabilistic Production and Congestion Costs Based on Nodal Effective Load Model, The 2010 IEEE/PES T&D, April 19-22, 2010, New Orleans.
  • J. Park, W. Liang, J. Choi, A.A. El-Keib, M. Shahidehpour, “Transmission System Expansion Planning by Nodal Delivery Marginal Rate Criterion,” Proceedings 2009 IEEE/PES Asia T & D, Seoul, Korea, October 26-30, 2009.
  • J. Choi, J. Park, L. Wu, J. Cha, A. A. El-Keib, W. Junzo, “Fuzzy Theory-Based Best Generation Mix Considering Renewable Energy Generators,” Proceedings, The IEEE 2009 International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE 2009), ICC Jeju,  Jeju Island, Korea, August 20-24, 2009.
  • N. S. Sisworahardjo; A. A. El-Keib; M. Alam, “Least-squares Polynomial Approximation for Short-term Generation Unit Asset Valuation,” Proceedings, The IEEE/PES 2009 Power Systems Conference and Exposition, Seattle, Washington, March 15-18, 2009.
  • M. El-Sharkh; A. Rahman; M. Alam; A. A. El-Keib, “Thermal Energy Management of a CHP Hybrid of Wind and a Grid-Parallel PEM Fuel Cell Power Plant,” Proceedings, The IEEE/PES 2009 Power Systems Conference and Exposition, Seattle, Washington, March 15-18, 2009.
  • J. Park, Wu Liang, J. Choi, A. A. El-Keib, M. Shahidehpour, Roy Billinton “A Probabilistic Reliability Evaluation of Power System Including Solar/Photovoltaic Cell Generators,” Proceedings, The IEEE/PES General Meeting, 26 - 30 July, 2009, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • L. Wu, J. Park, J. Choi, A. A. El-Keib, M. Shahidehpour, Roy Billinton, “Probabilistic Reliability Evaluation of Power Systems Including Wind Turbine Generators Using a Simplified Multi-State Model: A Case Study,” Proceedings, The IEEE/PES General Meeting, 26 - 30 July, 2009, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • J. Park, L. Wu, J. Choi, A. A. El-Keib, “A Basic Study on the Probabilistic Reliability Evaluation of Power System Considering Solar/Photovoltaic Cell Generator,” The KIEE/PES Meeting, Jeju Island, Nov 7-8, 2008.
  • S. Jeong, J. Choi, J. Kim, Y. Lee, A.A. El-Keib, and M. Shahidehpour, “Flexible Best Generation Mix for Korea Power System Considering CO2 Constraint – Vision 2030,” Proceedings, IEEE/PES GM, July 20-24, 2008, pp.1- 6.
  • B. Shi, S. Jeong, J. Park, J. Choi, B. Jang, Y. Yun, K. Han, A.A El-Keib & R. Billinton, "Area annual outage cost assessment of KEPCO system,” in 2007 Large Engineering Systems Conference on Power Engineering, Montreal, Canada, October 10-12, 2007.
  • A.A. El-Keib, J. Choi, T. Tran, 'Intelligent System Application for Transmission Expansion Planning,' the Power System Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia, Oct 29-Nov 1, 2006. (Invited)
  • N. S. Sisworahardjo, A. A. El-Keib, M. S. Alam, "An Improved Stochastic Load Model for Industrial Power Market," Proceedings IEEE / IAS, 41st Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida, Oct 8 - 12, 2006.
  • J. Choi, T. Tran, A.A. El-Keib, R. Thomas, H. Oh, R. Billinton, "A Method for Transmission System Expansion Planning Considering Probabilistic Reliability Criteria," Proceedings, IEEE/PES T&D, Dallas, Texas May, 21-24, 2006.
  • J. Choi, A. A. El-Keib, T. Tran, R. Thomas, R. Billinton, “A New Method for Transmission System Expansion Planning Considering a Probabilistic Reliability Criteria,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, August 2005, pp. 1606-1615.
  • N.S. Sisworahardjo, A. A. El-Keib, “A Stochastic Electricity Demand Model for a Generating Company,” the Electric Power Systems Research Journal. (In print).
  • J. Choi, A. A. El-Keib, T. Tran, “A Fuzzy Branch and Bound Transmission System Planning For on Highest Satisfaction Level of Decision Maker,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, February 2005, pp.476-484.
  • M. El-Sharkh, A. A. El-Keib, “A Fuzzy Evolutionary Programming-based Technique for Maintenance Scheduling of Power Generation and Transmission Systems,” IEEE Transaction on Power Systems, May 2003, pp. 862-866.
  • J. Carlisle, A.A. El-Keib, “A Graph Search Algorithm for Optimal Placement of Fixed and Switched Capacitors on Radial Distribution Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, January 2000, pp. 423 -428.
  • R. Brooks, A.A. El-Keib, “A Life Cycle View of Electricity Futures Contracts,” Journal of Power Finance and Development, Volume 3, pp. 171-183, November 1998. (Invited paper)
  • X. Ma, A.A. El-Keib, T. Haskew, “Marginal Cost-Based Pricing of Wheeling Transactions and Independent Power Producers Considering Security Constraints, the Electric Power Systems Research, Vol. 48, December 1998.
  • J. Nims, A.A. El-Keib, R. Smith, "Contingency Ranking for Voltage Stability Using a Genetic Algorithm," Electric Power Systems Research, 43, October 1997.
  • A. El-Keib, X. Ma, "Calculating Short-Run Marginal Costs of Active and Reactive Power Production," IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, Vol. 12, May 1997, pp. 559-565.
  • A. El-Keib, X. Ma, "Application of Artificial Neural Networks in Voltage Stability Assessment," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 10, November 1995, pp. 1890-1896.
  • A. El-Keib, H. Ma, "Environmentally Constrained Economic Dispatch Using the LaGrangian Relaxation Method," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 9, November 1994, pp. 1723-1729.
  • A. El-Keib, H. Ding, D. Maratukulam, "A Parallel Fast Decoupled Load Flow Algorithm," Electric Power Systems Research Journal, Vol. 30, September 1994, pp. 203-208.
  • H. Ding, A. A. El-Keib, R. Smith, "Optimal Clustering of Power Networks Using Genetic Algorithms," Electric Power Systems Research Journal, Vol. 30, September 1994, pp. 209-214.
  • A. El-Keib, J. Nieplocha, H. Singh, "A Decomposed State Estimation Approach Suitable for Parallel Processor Implementation," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol.7, August 1992, pp. 1088-1097.
  • A. El-Kib, J. J. Grainger, K. N. Clinard, L. J. Gale, "Placement of Fixed and/or Non-Simultaneously Switched Capacitors on Unbalanced Three-phase Feeders Involving Laterals," IEEE Transactions on Power Apparatus and Systems, Vol. 104, November 1985, pp. 3398-3405.
  • J. J. Grainger, A. A. El-Kib, S. H. Lee, "Optimal Capacitor Placement on Three-phase Primary Feeders: Load and Feeder Unbalance Effect," IEEE Transactions on Power Apparatus and Systems, Vol. 102, October 1983, pp. 3296-3305.
  • J. J. Grainger, S. H. Lee, A. A. El-Kib, "Design of a Real-time Switching Control Scheme for Compensation of Distribution Feeders," IEEE Transactions on Power Apparatus and Systems, Vol. 101, August 1982, pp. 2420-2428.
  • N.S. Sisworahardjo, A. A. El-Keib, “Unit Commitment Using the Ant Colony Search Algorithm,” Proceedings, the 2002 Large Engineering Systems Conference on Power Engineering, LESCOPE’02, 2002, pp. 2-6.
  • A. El-Keib, S. Bandyopadhyay, S. G. Mastoras, B. Shattuck, "Optimized Planning of Electrical Power Distribution Systems," Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference Power High Tech '88, April 1988, Scottsdale, Arizona, pp. 184-187.
  • H. Ma, A. A. El-Keib, X. Ma, "Training Data Sensitivity Problem of Artificial Neural Network-Based Power System Load Forecasting," Proceedings of the 26th Southeastern Symposium on System Theory, Athens, Ohio, March 1994, pp. 650-652.

Selected Professional Service Activities:

  • Acting Chair, The IEEE/PES Middle East Working Group on Electricity Infrastructure, Interconnections & Electricity Exchanges.
  • Associate Editor, the Power Engineering Society Letters, IEEE/Power Engineering Society, 1992-2000.
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, the Korean Institute of electrical Engineers (KIEE)/ Society of Power Engineering.
  • Associate Editor, World Science and Engineering Academy and Society (WSEAS) Transactions on Power Systems.
  • Member, the International Board of Advisory Editors, the Korean Institute of Electrical Engineering/Power Systems Engineering.
  • Member, the Advisory Board, the International Journal of Innovations in Energy Systems and Power (IJESP).
  • Member, the Board of Directors, the Arab Science and Technology Foundation, 2001-2007.
  • Member, the Panel for Science and Technology, the Islamic Development Bank IDB.
  • Chair, Educational Activities, the UAE Section of IEEE, 1999-2001, 2005-.
  • Faculty Advisor, the University of Alabama IEEE Student Branch, 2002-.
  • Founder and Counselor of the IEEE Student Branch at the American University of Sharjah, 2000-01. The Branch received the 2000-01 Most Active Student Branch Award in UAE. 
  • Founder and Counselor of the Women Engineers Student Society at the American University of Sharjah, 2000-01. The first of its kind in the region.
  • President-elect, Phi, Beta, Delta (Honors Society for International Scholars), the University of Alabama, 2002.
  • Member, NSF Engineering Systems/Power Systems panel to review Engineering Research Equipment and Research Initiation Proposals, Washington, D.C., March 1990.
  • Chairman, The Paper Prize Committee, Alabama Section of IEEE, 1989-1991.
  • Served as reviewer, the National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C. 1989-2005, The National Research Council, Washington D.C., a regular reviewer, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dahran, Saudi Arabia.
  • Served as a PhD External Examiner, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India, 2008, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Bahrain, Manama, Bahrain, and Gyeongsang National University , S. Korea.
  • Reviewer for Academic promotion at Illinois Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, University of South Alabama, and the Kuwait Technical College, and chaired the College of Engineering Promotion Committee at AUS.

Regular reviewer for:

  • The IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery.
  • The IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.
  • The IEEE Transactions on Education.
  • The IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation.
  • The IEEE Power Engineering Society Letters
  • The International Journal on Energy Systems
  • The Electric Power Systems Journal
  • The Power System Computer Computation Conference (PSCC).

RESEARCH EXPERTISE

Power system economics, planning, operation, and control.

 

 

 
 
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