Bih-Yuan Ku received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from
National Taiwan University, Taiwan in 1984, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from
Cornell University, NY, USA. He is currently Associate Professor at the
Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taipei University of
Technology, Taipei, Taiwan.
His research and technical services focus mainly on
the electrical side of rail transportation systems, ranging from light
rail, heavy rail, and mainline railroad. The best description of his career
is “officially a full-time professor and a part-time consultant, but
there are times he looks more like a part-time professor and a full-time
He led the charge of Taiwan’s rail industry to
conduct train performance simulation and traction power analysis for
Taiwan’s transit project, a task exclusively by US and European firms
before. He also conducted dc stray current and touch potential analysis,
pantograph loss-of-contact transients, and other field measurements to solve
various problems faced by rail operators in Taiwan.
Dr. Ku actively participates in many VTS activities. He
is a long-time participant of the Joint Rail Conference since 2000, and
has served on the planning committee since 2003. He was appointed to the
VTS Board of Governors as VP—Land Transportation in 2007, and also
serves in this role in 2017. He was elected to the BoG and has served as a
voting member since 2011.