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Md. Rafiqul Islam

Academic Qualification

  • Ph.D in Electrical Engineering - Doctor of Philosophy, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
  • Master in Electrical Engineering - Masters Degree, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
  • Bachelor in Electrical & Electronics Engineering - Bachelor Degree, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Dhaka

Md. Rafiqul Islam (Prof. Dr.)

IIUM Gombak Campus


Expert Profile

Professor Md. Rafiqul Islam received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka in 1987, and started his career as a lecturer at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology in 1988. He received his MSc and Ph.D both in Electrical Engineering from University of Technology Malaysia in 1996 and 2000, respectively.
Prof. Islam is presently a Professor at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He was given the Best Lecturer Award in the Faculty of Engineering in 2005 in recognition of his teaching performance. He coordinated to develop a new programme, Master of Science in Communication Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2005. He is very active in research and publication having published more than 250 research papers in national and international journals and conferences.
He has published two books titled as 1) Antennas and Propagation: Modeling, Simulation and Measurements and 2) Dust Storm Attenuation Studies for Microwave Link Design and an author of 25 chapters in other books. More than 40 postgraduate students completed their Ph.D and MSc under his supervision. Since 2001, he has successfully completed 16 research projects funded by MOSTI, MOHE and IIUM. He was in the organizing committee for International Conference on Computer and Communication Engineering ICCCE (1st-6th) and six international conferences since 2006. He was the technical chair of 6th International Conference (ICCCE2016). Prof. Islam has reviewed more than 100 technical papers for international conferences and journals including IEEE Transactions and other high impact journals.
He is currently working in Malaysia 5G Working Group under International Telecommunication Union and supervising several research projects to overcome the effects of Haze, Rain, Dust and Fog on Free Space Optics (FSO) and Hybrid FSO/RF Systems. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Bangladesh (FIEB) and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Institute of Engineering Technology (IET).

Area of Specialisation

  • Engineering Tech ~ Engineering And Technology ~ Electrical and Electronic Engineering ~ Other Electrical and Electronic Engineering n.e.c. - Electrical
  • Engineering Tech ~ Engineering And Technology ~ Electrical and Electronic Engineering ~ Other Electrical and Electronic Engineering n.e.c. - Electronic

Professional Membership

  • 2003 - 2023: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Member), IEEE
  • 2003 - 2023: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Member), IEEE Antennas & Propagation Society (APS)
  • 2003 - 2020: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Member), IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc)
  • 2008 - 2025: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Life Fellow), The Institute of Engineers Bangladesh (Life Fellow, IEB)
  • 2017 - 2021: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Member), The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)
  • 2018 - 2024: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Graduate Engineer), Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)
  • 2018 - 2023: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Senior Member), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Senior Member, IEEE)

Teaching Responsibilities


Research Projects

2019 - 2022 Structural Studies of Glass-Polymer Composite for More Robust Flexible Wearable Antenna via Injection Moulding Process
2018 - 2022 A hybrid-Discrete Wavelet Transform for New Diversity Technique in Millimeter Wave 5G System with Energy Harvesting
2016 - 2018 Development of Rain Fading Characteristics for Tropical Stratiform and Convective Events for High Frequency Satellite Link in Malaysia
2016 - 2019 Modeling of Multiband / Wideband Stack Series Array Antenna Configuration for 5G Application
2016 - 2019 Real-Time Data Retrieval and Sorting System for the IoT
2016 - 2019 Derivation of a Modified Free Space Path Loss (FSPL) Formulation for Satellite Links Fade Margin Operating in Malaysia
2016 - 2019 RF Characterization Enhancement of Material for 3D Printing Application
2015 - 2018 Performance Enhancement of a UWB Antenna Using Backing Cavity for Improved Wireless Communication Systems
2015 - 2017 Development of a Revised Free Space Path Loss (FSPL) Formulation for a more Reliable Satellite Link Fade Margin in Tropical Region
2013 - 2015 Cross Layer and Co-Layer Management of Femtocells Interference
2013 - 2017 Exploration on CMOS Capacitance Based Structural Health Monitoring by Energy Harvested Wireless Sensor Networks
2012 - 2013 Investigation of the Effect of Electromagnetic Radiation on Human from Wireless Communication Systems Frequencies 2-2.5GHz
2012 - 2013 Design of IR-UWB Pulse Generator for 802.11a & WIMAX Interference Avoidance
2012 - 2013 Fine-Grained Modelling of Interference in Femtocell 4G Wireless Networks
2011 - 2011 Design And Development Of RFID Tag Antenna For The Use Of Metallic Item
2010 - 2012 Design and Implementation of a Smart Mobile Phone Jammer
2010 - 2014 Millimeter Wave Satellite Communications Studies
2010 - 2011 Development of a Path Loss Model for Mobile Communications in Malaysia
2009 - Investigation of the Performance of the Existing Propagation Path Loss Models for Mobile Communication in Malaysia
2009 - 2011 Development of Rain Fade Data Acquisition and Analysis System for MEASET3 Satellite Beacon
2009 - 2011 Design Microwave Experimental Setup for Attention Measurements under Controlled Weather Conditions
2009 - Sigma-to-beta Converter Analysis, Simulation and Experimental Details.
2009 - 2011 Design and Stimulation of Adaptive Beamforming Algorithm and Linear Array Antenna for Smart Antenna System
2009 - 2012 Developing A Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) Software For Solving Large Electromagnetic Problems
2008 - 2011 Fade Dynamics Modeling for Earth-Satellite links at Ku-Band in Malaysia
2008 - 2010 Wireless Data Acquisition for Monitoring of Civil Structures with Embedded Sensors - Experimental Results
2008 - 2010 Characterization of Indoor Powerlines As Data Channels- Experimental Details and Results
2008 - 2009 Design and Develop a Smart Antenna System
2007 - 2009 Characterization of Direct Sensor-to-Microcontroller Interfacing
2007 - 2009 Developing a Finite Difference Time Domain Software for Antenna Design
2006 - 2008 Design and Fabrication of High Performance RF-MEMS Switches
2006 - 2010 Measurement of Specific Absorption Rate from Wireless LAN Radiation in International Islamic University Campus
2006 - 2009 Antenna Design using Advanced Materials for Wireless Communications
2021 - Present Space Radiation Effects on Optical Transceiver System of Satellite at Near Equatorial Low Earth Orbit

Award & Recognition

25 Jul, 2019 Best Researcher Award - Kulliyyah Level - IIUM TAKRIM DAY 2019 University
30 Nov, 2017 Best Paper Award - 2017 IEEE 4th International Conference on Smart Instrumentation, Measurement and Application (ICSIMA 2017) International
02 Sep, 2016 Outstanding Contributor - Journal Articles Indexed in Scopus & WOS - Deputy Rector (Research & Innovation) - CREAM 2016 University
12 Dec, 2007 Develop of Analytical Flat Phantom Model for EM Radiation to Evaluate Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) in Human Body - Kulliyyah of Engineering University
12 Dec, 2007 Vision i??Based Lane Detection for Driving Assistance System (Silver, Kerie December 12-13, 2007) - Kulliyyah of Engineering University
15 Jan, 2006 Power Line Data Transmission (Bronze, KERIE 2006) - Kulliyyah of Engineering University
07 Mar, 2005 Quality Award - Best Lecturer, Kulliyyah of Engineering, 2005 University
15 Jan, 2005 Radio Link Design Software (Bronze, KERIE 2005) - Kulliyyah of Engineering University
15 Jan, 2005 Image Capturing From UAV and Ground Display System (Bronze, KERIE 2005) - Kulliyyah of Engineering University