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




Awards and Honours

  • EEE Staff Inspiration Award (2021)
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 
  • Senior Member IEEE (SMIEEE) 
  • Member IET (MIET) 
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Commonwealth Scholarship Award (2013 - to - 2016)
  • Social Secretary, Academic Staff Association, UET Lahore (2012)
  • Highest Teaching Evaluation, UET Lahore (2012)
  • Gold Medal, UET Lahore (2010)
  • European Research and Educational Collaboration with Asia (2009)

PhD Project

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Title: Stability Assessment and Enhancement of Power Systems Dominated by Inverter Based Resources Dominated

A modern-day power system is equipped with a large number of renewable energy sources through Voltage Source Converters (VSC). Severe instability issues may arise due to the high volume of VSC as they make the grid effectively inertia less, and vulnerable to sudden load changes and unforeseen disturbances. A weak grid, fed predominantly by power-electronics dominated energy sources can experience frequent power outages. Therefore, this PhD project focuses on solving the weak-grid instability problem which poses a threat to the sustainable operation of futuristic power systems. The aim of the research is to build system models and subsequently design optimal control parameters on both AC and DC sides of VSC that ensures smooth operation of the power system. The research also targets to design a coordination strategy among multiple converters to provide highly reliable power operations and market participation.