Dr. Abdel-Aziz A. Fouad (MS 1953 in Electrical Engineering) is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Iowa State University since his retirement in June 1996. For about 50 years his career as an electrical power engineer was in both academia and in industry. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Fouad joined the Iowa State University faculty in 1960 as an associate professor of electrical engineering, and became a full professor in 1966. In 1990, he was made Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He served as interim chair of the department from 1995-1996. Dr. Fouad received a BS degree at Cairo University in 1950, his MS degree from The University of Iowa in 1953, and a PhD degree at Iowa State College in 1956, all in electrical engineering.
Dr. Fouad’s industrial experience includes engineering assignments with Cairo Gas and Electricity Administration, Rio de Janeiro Light and Traction Company, Jersey Production Research Company, and Atomics International. He also worked as a project manager with the Electric Power Research Institute’s Electrical Systems Division. In 1997-1998, he was asked by the Strategic Science and Technology Program of the same institute to conduct a study on the future power delivery systems for North American Interconnected Electrical Power Network.
Dr. Fouad is co-author of two books -- Power System Control and Stability which was translated into Russian and Chinese, and Power System Transient Stability Analysis Using the Transient Energy Function Method. He also authored and co-authored several chapters in books, some computer-based educational courses, and more than 100 publications in his field. In addition to his work in power system engineering, Dr. Fouad founded an Interdisciplinary Graduate Program on “Technology and Social Change in Foreign Cultures” at Iowa State University. He chaired the program from 1972 until 1978. Because of his involvement with the issue of technology and social change, Dr. Fouad was asked to serve as a member of the Commission on International Relations of the U. S. National Research Council from 1975-1978. Dr. Fouad is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He also was named Outstanding Power Engineering Educator, and received the Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award from IEEE.