Dr. Quamrul Huda named JR Shaw Applied Research Chair in Industrial Automation

Published on July 30, 2021

NAIT’s Industry Solutions is pleased to announce Dr. Quamrul Huda has been named the JR Shaw Applied Research Chair in Industrial Automation, which is positioned within NAIT’s Centre for Sensors and System Integration (CSSI). 

Huda brings a wealth of technical knowledge and experience to the role that is funded by the JR Shaw Research Chair Endowment Fund, created and generously supported by JR Shaw. Coming to NAIT from the Government of Alberta’s Department of Environment and Parks, Huda has spent much of his 30-year career developing new technologies for electro-opto-mechanical systems, including Internet of Things (IoT)-based environmental sensors for portable deployment. 

Recent projects Huda has been involved with include advanced air monitoring methods and technologies including airborne measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from oil-sands facilities, remote sensing of air pollutants by the Alberta Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system, and investigation of wildfire smoke generation through deployment of sensors at near vicinity of active fires.

In addition to Huda’s extensive engineering experience, he has mentored many students and young engineers throughout his career.

As the JR Shaw Applied Research Chair in Industrial Automation, Huda will lead research and development activities at CSSI, promote centre activities, provide insight into future market trends, and mentor and train student research assistants, young engineers and co-op placements within CSSI.

Receiving his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Electronics from University of Manchester, U.K. in 1997, under the Commonwealth Scholarship program, Huda has received several accolades over his 30-year career. He was a recipient of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) award for his post-doctoral fellowship at Nanoelectronics Research Institute, Japan during 2002-2004. He was also a recipient of the Government of Alberta’s Department of Environment and Parks Innovation Fund award for leading the development of low-footprint remotely deployable micro-sensor-based air monitoring systems. 

Prior to joining the Government of Alberta in 2013, he spent 4 years as a research associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta. He also served as a Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology for over 15 years. Huda is a practicing member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).


“Dr. Huda’s deep level of technical knowledge and his ability to apply that knowledge into building new devices that improve the environment is a welcomed addition to our Industry Solutions team. He has the skills, and the leadership and mentorship acumen to help enable the NAIT CSSI team to provide impactful solutions and drive economic recovery for industry with a focus on energy, environment and sustainable development.” 

Dr. Olle Lagerquist, associate vice-president, NAIT Industry Solutions.

“My role as the JR Shaw endowed research chair at the Centre for Sensors and System Integration gives me a great opportunity to work in partnership with industry, government and academia to develop technology-based solutions to advance the industrial and economic growth in Alberta. It is a pleasure to be a part of the dynamic and innovative team at NAIT Industry Solutions.” 

Dr. Quamrul Huda, JR Shaw Applied Research Chair in Industrial Automation, NAIT Centre for Sensors and System Integration.

Quick Facts:

  • NAIT’s Centre for Sensors and System Integration (CSSI) is a Technology Access Centre (TAC) staffed with professional researchers to support Alberta businesses on Applied Research   projects that deliver a new product, an improved service, or a more efficient process.

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