Dr. Irfan Ullah

Dr. Irfan Ullah

University of Management and Technology


Dr. Irfan Ullah is an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering Department, School of Engineering at the University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. Previously, he was a post-doctoral fellow in Graduate Institute of Color and Illumination Technology at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan. He also worked as a visiting scholar in Competence Center Envelopes and Solar Energy at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Horw, Switzerland. He has provided high-level research in a variety of institutes and across multiple research areas. From 2014, he is serving as the founding Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Daylighting. He has been invited as Guest Editor and reviewer of several international journals.

Interest Areas

Photonic, Illumination, Optics, Optical lighting systems, Optical modeling & simulation, Automotive lighting, Raytracing simulation, Designing of optical elements, CAD designs, Power systems, Power converters, Renewable energy systems, Photovoltaic systems, Concentrated photovoltaic, Concentrated solar power, and Solar thermal

Professional experience

Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering Department
University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan
BS Courses: Power System Protection, High Voltage Engineering, Electrical Machine Design, Renewable Electrical Energy Resources
MS & PhD Courses: Advanced Power Systems, Photovoltaic Energy Systems, Photonics Technologies (Optoelectronics)

Post-Doctoral Fellow
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan
Project: High efficient solar concentrating system based on photonics engineering components: analysis, design, and applications

Post-Doctoral (Visiting Scholar)
Competence Centre Envelopes and Solar Energy, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Horw, Switzerland
Project: Simulation of solar redirecting components in LightTools®

Founding Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Daylighting (Indexed: Scopus, Elsevier)

Software Engineer
Moori Technologies Co., South Korea


MS & PhD in Concentrating Solar Energy
Myongji University, South Korea

BSc in Electrical Engineering
COMSATS University, Lahore, Pakistan

Honors & Awards

  • Guest editor of special issue “innovative design simulation and monitoring of daylighting and PV/Thermal systems in buildings” 2017, Buildings, MDPI
  • Received the “Bronze Paper Award” at the IEEE Seoul Section Student Paper Contest, 2014
  • Received the “Best Thesis Award” at the Myongji University, 2014
  • Received the “Best Paper Award” at the Myongji University Research Paper Contest, 2013
  • Received the “Bronze Paper Award” at the IEEE Seoul Section Student Paper Contest, 2013
  • Received the “Bronze Paper Award” at the IEEE Seoul Section Student Paper Contest, 2012

Research projects

  • Concentrated Photovoltaic System (Eight-fold Fresnel, octagonal lens, uniform irradiance)
  • Solar Concentrating system (parabolic trough, linear Fresnel lens, compound parabolic concentrator)
  • Heliostat-Based Solar Concentrating System (large-scale system for multi-story buildings, light-guide)
  • Solar Concentrating System using Collimated Light (parabolic reflector, Fresnel lens, plano-convex lens)
  • Illumination System using Photonics Engineering (light collimator, prismatic diffuser)
  • Solar Light Redirecting Components (prismatic light guide for daylighting, light redirecting prismatic-film)
  • Hyperspectral Imaging System (interferometer, FFT, DSP, IR camera, image processing, software development)
  • LIDAR for automobile applications (lenses, laser, microprocessor)
  • Optical Teeth Crack and Cavities Checker (high power LED, ball lens)
  • Autonomous Robot Navigation (object-tracking, accident avoidance, sonar and IR sensors, mobile robot)


Publications: 34
Citations (Google Scholar) :263
Impact factor : 16


  • Power converters (3-phase inverters and rectifiers, resonant converters)
  • Designing of power transformers and distribution transformers
  • Designing of synchronous and induction generators
  • Interferometer (calibration, image processing)
  • Wind energy conversion systems and hydro energy systems
  • Phtovoltaic, concentrated photovoltaic, heliostats, multi-junction solar cells
  • Solar thermal (dish-stirling systems, solar water heating, thermal power systems)
  • Active daylighting systems, 1-axis and 2-axis sun-tracking
  • Illumination systems (designing of light sources, light diffusers, light guides, etc.)
  • Automotive lighting (designing of high-beam reflectors and lenses)
  • 3D modeling and ray-tracing simulation of optical systems
  • Designing of optical elements based on optics and non-imaging optics
  • Automobile collision avoidance systems (LIDAR, SONAR technologies)

Simulation software and programming

  • LightTools (8 years)
  • Tracepro (4 years)
  • FRED (2 years)
  • DIALux (7 years)
  • SolidWorks (5 years)
  • Optsim (2 years)
  • Labview (2 years)
  • AutoCAD (2 years)
  • SketchUp (2 years)
  • MATLAB (6 years), FFT, DSP (1 years)
  • C, C++ (10 years), TCP, UDP (2 years), HTML5, PHP (3 years), MySQL (3 years)

Volunteer experience

Review Editor
  • Renewable Energy, Elsevier
  • International Journal of Energy Research, John Wiley & Sons
  • Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, AIP
  • Optics Express, Applied Optics, OSA
  • Optical Engineering, Journal of Photonics for Energy, SPIE
  • Frontiers in Energy Research, Frontiers
  • Journal of Renewable Energy, Hindawi

Professional talks

  • Dec 2014, IEEE Student Paper Contest, IEEE Seoul Section, Seoul, South Korea
  • Nov 2014, International Conference on Sustainable Lighting and Light Pollution, Seoul, South Korea
  • Dec 2013, IEEE Student Paper Contest, IEEE Seoul Section, Seoul, South Korea
  • Dec 2012, IEEE Student Paper Contest, IEEE Seoul Section, Seoul, South Korea
  • May 2012, Conference on Optoelectronics & Optical Communications, Gangneung, South Korea
  • Mar 2012, Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, Shanghai, China
  • Nov 2011, Photonics Conference, Pyeongchang, South Korea
  • July 2011, International conference on Computer networks and Information Technology, Abb., Pakistan
  • Oct 2010, International Conference on Intelligence and Information Technology, Lahore, Pakistan

Participated workshops, seminars, and exhibitions

  • Aug 2017 Faculty Development Program, UMT, Lahore, Pakistan
  • July 2016 International Business Conference & Exhibition (IBCE), Expo Center, Lahore
  • Apr, 2016 Workshop on “Funded Research (Design, Funding and Execution)”, UMT, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Feb, 2014 Workshop on “High Achievers”, UMT, Lahore, Pakistan


  • HEC Approved PhD Supervisor
  • Pakistan Engineering Council
  • CrossRef
  • SolarLits


A complete version of his resume can be downloaded from the following link: PDF (883 KB)


Address: Room 501, SEN Building, UMT, C-II, Johar Town, Lahore-54770, Pakistan.
Cell No.: +92 300 9572152
Email: irfan@solarlits.com, irfanullah@umt.edu.pk
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