Dr. Muhammad Tariq's Profile

Dr. Muhammad Tariq completed his Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship from Princeton University in 2016. Currently, he is Head of Department and holds Associate Professor Position at the Department of Electrical Engineering at National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences, Peshawar. He held Assistant Professor position from 2012 to 2017 at the same university. He has co-authored a book on smart grids with leading researchers from Europe, China, Japan, and the U.S., which was published by John Wiley and Sons in 2015. In 2017, Chinese government selected him as High End Foreign Expert through International Cooperation Project funded by State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs China. He rendered his Technical Committees services in various Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) flagship conferences and transactions. He is the author/co-author of 50+ research articles, and received many awards for his work. He has presented his work in conferences held in the U.S., Canada, Italy, France, Turkey, China, Malaysia, Macau, South Korea, Japan, and New Zealand. Dr. Tariq won MEXT scholarship for his PhD in Japan and HEC scholarship for his MS in South Korea. He has delivered research talks as a guest/invited/keynote speaker at various universities in Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. He is the senior member of the IEEE and Pakistan Engineering Council.


Smart Grid Role in Energy Crisis in Pakistan

Shortfall in electric power production is one of the main challenges faced by Pakistan in last few years. The current electric grid is a 100-year-old technology and very little changes have been made ever since electrical grids became functional. The philosophy behind smart grids is that since everything is getting smart then why not the electrical (dump) grid. With the induction of sensing, information, communication, and control technologies in the electric grids, we can convert an electrical grid into a smart grid. In smart grids, a consumer cannot only buy electricity from the national grid but can sell the surplus energy generated through grid-tied micro grid, to the national grid, when feed-in tariff (net metering) is in place. Utilizing the expertise that I gained as a smart grid expert during my postdoctoral studies at Princeton University, I want to convert current electrical grids in Pakistan to smart grids. Currently, I am in the process of designing a super grid for SAARC countries as a tool to promote peace and harmony among the neighboring countries by helping each other through electric power sharing at the time of high demand. Countries like Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh have electricity shortage while small countries like Nepal and Bhutan have abundance of electricity. With mutual cooperation in the form of a joint SAARC super grid for electric power sharing, not only the neighboring countries will come closer to each other, but lasting peace will be prevailed across the usually tense borders in the region.

Dr. Muhammad Tariq
Associate Professor and Head of Department
FAST National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences

Fulbright Scholar
Princeton University




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