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Dr. Aws Al-Taie is the new Head of the Electrical Engineering Branch of the University of Technology (UoT), Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Taie received his doctorate in electrical engineering from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering in 2019. Dr. Al-Taie's Ph.D. research at the Center for Advanced Power Systems with Dr. Sastry Pamidi's research group focused on high voltage superconducting power applications. Al-Taie hopes his new role at UoT will help with the nation’s effort to rebuild and expand electrical power for the Iraqi people. After years of war, much of the infrastructure in the country requires significant maintenance and improvements. Factories have been closed down for a long time and the electrical power grid needs expansion. “My country needs to start the rehabilitation and construction process that our people have been waiting for,” Al-Taie said. “Electrical engineering graduates will play a vital role in this effort and much more.” Read the original story here:

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Nurturing New Researchers

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DC to AC

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