Cullen School of Engineering


Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
N308 Engineering Building 1
Houston, Texas 77004-4005
Phone: 713-743-4400
Fax: 713-743-4444
Department: ece [at] egr [dot] uh [dot] edu
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Dr. Wajiha Shireen

Joint Appointment

N 308 Engineering Building 1

Houston, Texas 77204-4005

Tel: 713-743-4080

Email: wshireen [at] uh [dot] edu


  • BS Electrical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • MS Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • PhD Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Awards and Honors

  • leading Researcher and Educator in Engineering Technology, 2001
  • College of Technology Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Houston, 1998
  • College of Technology Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Houston, 2006
  • U.S. Patent 6,313,602 B1, 2001


Research Interests

  • Power Quality Issues: Design & development of Active Power Filters DSP-based control for utility interactive inverters and ac motor drives Converters for Distributed Energy Sources: Fuel Cells, Solar/Wind Energy Systems

Funded Research

  • Analysis of PHEV in a smart grid environment. CenterPoint Energy $124,000 2009-2011 A Reliable Low Cost Power Electronics Interface for Renewable Energy Systems Using a Single DSP Controller. California Energy Commission $83,210 2008-2009 Development of a Modern DSP-based Laboratory for Power Electronics Education. National Science Foundation (NSF) $73,996 2005-2007


Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • W. Shireen and Adarsh Nagarajan, "Grid connected residential photovoltaic energy systems with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) as energy storage", published in the 2010 IEEE Power Engineering Society General Meeting Proceedings.

  • E. Barbieri, F. Attarzadeh, R. Pascali, W. Shireen, and W. Fitzgibbon, "On B.S.E and B.S.ET for the Engineering Profession", Journal of Engineering Technology (Invited Paper), Spring 2010, pp.42-46.

  • E. Barbieri, W. Shireen, W. Fitzgibbon et. al., "CDIO-based 2-year common templates for ECE/ECET and for ME/MET", AC 2009-2026, ASEE Conference Proceedings 2009, ETD Division. (Nominated for best paper)

  • W. Shireen, Li Tao, "A DSP-based Active Power Filter for low voltage power distribution systems", Electric Power Systems Research Journal 2008, Vol. 78/9 pp 1561-1567.

  • W. Shireen, H. R. Nene, "DSP-based Control for Reliable Fuel Cell power Systems with Input Ripple Current Compensation", 2008 Power and Energy Society General Meeting – Conversion and Delivery of Electrical Energy in the 21st Century, 20 - 24 July, 2008, pp. 1-4.

  • W.Shireen and Sara McNeil, "A Modern DSP-based Laboratory for Power Electronics Education’, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference Proceedings, 2008.

  • W. Shireen, S. Vanapalli, H. R. Nene, "DSP-based inverter control for alternate energy systems", Journal of Power Sources, v 166, n 2, Apr 15, 2007, p 445-449

  • W. Shireen and H. R. Nene, "Control and Design Aspects of Power Electronics Converters using PSpice", Journal of Advanced Technology for Learning, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2006.

  • W. Shireen, R. Kulkarni, and M. Arefeen, "Analysis and Minimization of input ripple current in PWM Inverters for designing reliable fuel cell power systems", Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 156, Issue 2. p 448-454, June 2006.

  • W. Shireen, Srinivas Vanapalli, H. R. Nene, "A DSP based Utility Interactive Inverter for Alternate Energy Systems", APEC, v 2006, Twenty-First Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC '06, 2006, p 1099-1103.

  • W. Shireen, H. R. Nene, "Active Filtering of Input Ripple Current to Obtain Efficient and Reliable Power from Fuel Cell Sources", IEEE-INTELEC'06. The 28th International Telecommunications Energy Conference (IEEE Cat. No.06CH37806), 2006, 6 pp.

  • W. Shireen, R. Kulkarni, "Using MATLAB for Harmonic Assessment of Three Phase PWM Inverters", International Journal on Modern Engineering, Vol. 5, No. 2, Spring 2005

  • W. Shireen and R. Kulkarni, "DSP based Space Vector Pulse Width Modulation (SVPWM) control for AC Motor Drives", accepted for publication in Computers in Education Journal, 2005

  • W. Shireen and M. Arefeen, "Controlling multiple motors utilizing a single DSP Controller", IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Jan. 2003, Vol 18, No. 1, pp 124-130