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Dr Walid Issa

Course Leader for MEng/BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dr Walid Issa received his BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine (First Class Honours) in 2007 and 2010 respectively. In 2015, he received his PhD in Renewable Energy from University of Exeter. Walid joined Sheffield Hallam in September 2016 as a Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His main research interests include power electronics, digital control, DC/AC and DC/DC converters and microgrids.


Over 8 years of part-time and full-time teaching experience in higher education beside over 6 million views for his online teaching-based courses via YouTube, Walid presents his teaching enthusiasm and passion.

He worked as a teaching assistant and as a lecturer from Sep 2007 to Sep 2010 at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) and the University College of Applied Science (UCAS) delivering different modules such as signals and systems, control systems, digital logic design, basic electronics, robotics and microcontrollers programming. He also supervised undergraduate dissertation projects.

In 2011, he has been awarded a PhD studentship from the University of Exeter to pursue his study in Renewable Energy.

During his PhD, Walid developed the first practical setup, at Exeter University, of a microgrid based on dSpace 1103.

Before finishing his PhD, in 2014, he was appointed as a research associate leading a research within a £1 million EPSRC-funded project (RESCUES) to produce efficient community energy solutions. His role included involved practical design and implementation of a large scale Microgrid Lab prototype using real time controllers and simulators (OPAL-RT and dSpace 1103) including

  • hardware-in-the-loop testing
  • numerical modelling by Matlab/Simulink
  • designing electronic control system for a 5kW solar tracker at Penryn campus

In August 2016, Walid was awarded Associate Fellowship of Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Since September 2016, Walid has been a Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Sheffield Hallam. His teaching activity covers several modules for level 4, 6 and 7 (undergraduate and postgraduate students) in Electronics, machines and power systems. Walid is also supervising several final year project students and a few placement students.

Dr Issa is welcoming potential PhD students within his areas of research interest.

Specialist areas of interest

  • DC/AC and DC/DC converters (Modelling, Design and Control)
  • Smart grids and Microgrids
  • Microgrid Modelling
  • Renewable energy (Solar and Wind) Integration
  • Smart Buildings and Integrated solutions
  • Rapid control prototyping
  • Energy Harvesting


Electrical, Electronic and Control (EEC)

Dr Issa teaches on the following courses

  • BEng Hon Electrical And Electronic Engineering
  • BSc Hon Physics
  • BEng Hon Computer Systems Engineering
  • MEng Electrical And Electronic Engineering
  • MSc Electrical And Electronic Engineering

Walid is the module leader for the following

  • Electronics, Level 4
  • Power Electronics and Machines, Level 6
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Level 7
  • Efficient Machines and Electromagnetic Applications, Level 7


Walid’s research activity is focused on

  • Microgrid modelling and stability assessment
  • Power flow control in microgrids
  • Renewable energy integration
  • Smart buildings design and integrated solutions

Current Project

RESCUES: Reliable and Efficient System for Community Energy Solution

Collaborators and sponsors

  • Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), University of Exeter
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering research group (EME), University of Southampton


Journal articles

Khalifeeh, R., Alrashidi, H., Sellami, N., Mallick, T., & Issa, W. (2021). State-of-the-Art Review on the Energy Performance of Semi-Transparent Building Integrated Photovoltaic across a Range of Different Climatic and Environmental Conditions. Energies, 14 (12).

Naji Alhasnawi, B.N., Jasim, B.H., Issa, W., & Esteban, M.D. (2020). A Novel Cooperative Controller for Inverters of Smart Hybrid AC/DC Microgrids. Applied Sciences, 10 (17), 6120.

Boukerdja, M., Chouder, A., Hassaine, L., Bouamama, B.O., Issa, W., & Louassaa, K. (2020). H∞ based control of a DC/DC buck converter feeding a constant power load in uncertain DC microgrid system. ISA Transactions.

Alrashidi, H., Issa, W., Sellami, N., Ghosh, A., Mallick, T.K., & Sundaram, S. (2020). Performance assessment of cadmium telluride-based semi-transparent glazing for power saving in façade buildings. Energy and Buildings, 109585.

Alrashidi, H., Ghosh, A., Issa, W., Sellami, N., Mallick, T.K., & Sundaram, S. (2019). Thermal performance of semitransparent CdTe BIPV window at temperate climate. Solar Energy, 195, 536-543.

Bendib, A., Chouder, A., Kara, K., Kherbachi, A., Barkat, S., & Issa, W. (2019). New modeling approach of secondary control layer for autonomous single-phase microgrids. Journal of the Franklin Institute, 356 (13), 6842-6874.

Issa, W., Sharkh, S., & Abusara, M. (2019). Hybrid Generators-based AC Microgrid Performance Assessment in Island Mode. IET Power Electronics.

Alrashidi, H., Ghosh, A., Issa, W., Sellami, N., Mallick, T.K., & Sundaram, S. (2018). Evaluation of solar factor using spectral analysis for CdTe photovoltaic glazing. Materials letters, 237, 332-335.

Issa, W., Elkhateb, A., Abusara, M., & Mallick, T. (2018). Control Strategy for Uninterrupted Microgrid Mode Transfer during Unintentional Islanding Scenarios. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 65 (6), 4831-4839.

AlBadwawi, R., Issa, W., Abusara, M., & Mallick, T. (2018). Supervisory Control for Power Management of an Islanded AC Microgrid Using Frequency Signalling-Based Fuzzy Logic Controller. IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy.

Issa, W., El Khateb, A., Anani, N., & Abusara, M. (2017). Smooth mode transfer in AC microgrids during unintentional islanding. Energy Procedia, 134, 12-20.

Hossain, M.A., Pota, H., Issa, W., & Hossain, M.J. (2017). Overview of AC microgrid controls with inverter-interfaced generations. Energies, 10 (9), 1300.

Issa, W., Sharkh, S., Mallick, T., & Abusara, M. (2016). Improved reactive power sharing for parallel-operated inverters in islanded microgrids. Journal of Power Electronics, 16 (3), 1152-1165.

Issa, W., Abusara, M., & Sharkh, S. (2014). Control of Transient Power during Unintentional Islanding of Microgrids. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 30 (8), 4573-4584.

Conference papers

Issa, W., Al-Naemi, F., Konstantopoulos, G., Sharkh, S., & Abusara, M. (2019). Stability Analysis and Control of a Microgrid against Circulating Power between Parallel Inverters. Energy Procedia, 157, 1061-1070.

Issa, W., & Elkhateb, A. (2018). Virtual Impedance Impact on Inverter Control Topologies. 2018 7th International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA).

Al-Naemi, F., Issa, W., Ramadan, A., & Hall, J. (2018). Design and modelling of permanent magnet fault current limiter For electrical power applications. In 53rd International Universities Power Engineering Conference 2018, Glasgow, 4 September 2018 - 7 September 2018.

Issa, W., Sharkh, S.M., Albadwawi, R., Abusara, M., & Mallick, T.K. (2017). DC link voltage control during sudden load changes in AC microgrids. In Proceedings 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE), (pp. 76-81). IEEE:

Al Badwawi, R., Issa, W., Mallick, T., & Abusara, M. (2016). DC microgrid power coordination based on fuzzy logic control. In 2016 18th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE'16 ECCE Europe), (pp. 1-10). IEEE:

Al Badwawi, R., Issa, W., Mallick, T., & Abusara, M. (2016). Power management of AC islanded microgrids using fuzzy logic. In 8th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2016). IET Digital Library:

Issa, W.R., Abusara, M.A., & Sharkh, S.M. (2014). Impedance interaction between islanded parallel voltage source inverters and the distribution network. 7th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives, PEMD 2014.

Book chapters

Issa, W., Abusara, M., Sharkh, S., & Mallick, T. (2015). A small signal model of an inverter-based microgrid including DC link voltages. In Power Electronics and Applications (EPE'15 ECCE-Europe), 2015 17th European Conference on. (pp. 1-10). IEEE:

Issa, W., Abusara, M.A., & Sharkh, S.M. (2014). Impedance interaction between islanded parallel voltage source inverters and the distribution network. In Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2014), 7th IET International Conference on. IET:


Hamed, B., & Issa, W. (2011). A New Approach for Robust Internal Model Control of Nonlinear Systems Control Systems Application.

Other publications

Issa, W. (2020). Walid Issa Plus. Youtube:

Issa, W. (2014). Walid Issa Youtube Channel. Youtube:

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