Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He is the president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society. He is the founder of building automation software company BEM Controls, LCC providing energy efficiency services for commercial buildings.
Saifur joined the VAEEC Governance Board in October 2014.