Imperial College London

Dr Zohaib Akhtar

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Senior Teaching Fellow - Laboratory Systems



+44 (0)20 7594 6310z.akhtar




401Electrical EngineeringSouth Kensington Campus





I am a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) Department. I joined the EEE department as a Strategic Teaching Fellow in October 2017 and became a Senior Teaching Fellow in August 2020. I have also been the Digital Learning Lead for the EEE Department since July 2022.

Previously, I worked as a Lecturer/Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan. I joined UET Lahore as a Lecturer in September 2008 and became an Assistant Professor in December 2012. I worked there until September 2013. I have also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Imperial College London.

I received a BSc (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan. I received a gold medal from the Prime Minister of Pakistan on the 19th Convocation of UET Lahore for securing the first position in Electrical Engineering specialisation in Power Systems. I received my master's degree in Electrical Power Engineering from UET Lahore. During my master's studies, I was an Erasmus Mundus (EURECA) exchange student at the University of Paderborn, Germany. I received my PhD in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London. I received the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship for my PhD studies.

I am a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE), a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) registered with the Engineering Council UK, and a Professional Engineer registered with Pakistan Engineering Council.

My research interests generally include renewable energy integration in power systems, control of wind farm interface interveners, power electronic compensators, and smart grids. Also, I have recently started research in engineering education and pedagogy to improve my teaching practices. I am a novice in this field, and my work primarily focuses on digital education and digital assessments for engineering students.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Akhtar Z, Chaudhuri B, Hui SYR, 2015, Primary Frequency Control Contribution From Smart Loads Using Reactive Compensation, Ieee Transactions on Smart Grid, ISSN:1949-3061

Luo X, Akhtar Z, Lee CK, et al., 2015, Distributed voltage control with electric springs: comparison with STATCOM, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol:6, ISSN:1949-3053, Pages:209-219

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