Born on 20 July 1948 in Bruas, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Professor Datuk Ismail bin Hassanreceived his Diploma of Engineering from the Imperial College of Science & Technology, London (1972),Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, University of Tasmanaia, Australia (1975) and Master of Science (M.Sc) in Electrical Machines & Power Systems, University of London in 1975.
Professor Datuk Ismail started his academic career as the Head of Department (Electrical Power) at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 1976. He was later appointed as the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (1978), and soon after as the Dean of the same faculty in 1988. In 2001, he joined UTeM (known then as KUTKM) as the Deputy Rector (Academics) and was then appointed as the First Vice Chancellor of UTeM from 2004-2008.
Throughout his career as an academician, Professor Datuk Ismail held various significant posts at the national and international levels. He was a Member of the SIRIM Technical Committee, Member of ITM Curriculum and Electrical Power Engineering Syllabus Advisory Committee and a Member of the IEEE Malaysia. He was also actively involved in supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students in their researches as he too undertook several research projects which include, “Solutions of Electromagnetic Fields, Hydrothermal Plant Optimization, Power System Stability Studies Using Micromachine Set” and “Development of LV and HV HRC fuse”.
In the area of consultancy, Professor Datuk Dr. Ismail rendered his expertise through consultancy projects such as the “500 kV Transmission System Development’ for Ranhill Corporation/Black Veatch International and TNB, whereas the “Liwagu 275 kV Transmission System Development’ was executed for Ranhill Corporation/Lahmeyer Germany and Sabah Electric Council. As for publication, Professor Datuk Ismail has published numerous high impact journals and articles in his field of expertise of which have become a source of reference and much cited locally as well as abroad.
Professor Datuk Ismail is a Member of the Malaysian Board of Engineers, Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, USA and Member of the MNC-CIGRE. In 2003, he was conferred the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM) by the State of Melaka, for his contribution to the field of education. Professor Datuk Ismail retires from his service at UTeM on 15 June 2008.