Rashidi was born in Georgetown, Penang on 23rd Dec 1981. He received his early education at Sekolah Kebangsaan Bayan Lepas, Penang, and his secondary education at Sekolah Menengah Teknik Balik Pulau. Upon achieving excellent results in a Malaysia Vocational Certificate of Education he further his study for a Diploma in Electronics Communication at Politeknik Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah, Jitra, Kedah.
After completed his diploma study he worked as a technician at a semiconductor industry before pursuing his study at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP). He received his Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) in Communication Engineering in 2007. He worked as a research and development (R&D) electronic engineer at Motorola Solution under Energy Group Design, Penang from 2007 until 2009. He was offered a full scholarship for MSc and PhD under Skim Latihan Akademik Bumiputra (SLAB). He completed his MSc. and his PhD in Communication Engineering from UniMAP, Malaysia in 2009 and 2014.
Currently, he is serving UniMAP as a senior lecturer and a principal investigator at Advanced Communication Engineering, Centre of Excellence - School of Computer and Communication Engineering, UniMAP since 2014. An advocate of interdisciplinary research, his research interests lie in the strength of Optical CDMA technology, Radio over Fiber (RoF), Visible Light Communication, Horticulture and Fiber sensor technology.
Ir. Dr. Mohd Rashidi has been published scientific papers of 91 papers, including conference and journals since 2014 until March 2019. The total citation was 148 from Google Scholar and 117 from Scopus database. The significant increase with 125 papers in 2015-2018 compared to only 22 papers in 2012-2014. In addition, he is also a regular reviewer for several high-impacts ISI ranked journals. Ir. Dr. Mohd Rashidi has also successfully supervised 1 PhD and 5 MSc students and is currently supervising 7 PhD and 5 MSc students.
He received his professional engineer qualification (Ir.) from Board of Engineer Malaysia (BEM) in March 2018 and professional technologist (Ts.) from Malaysia Board of Technologist (MBOT) in July 2018. Ir. Dr Mohd Rashidi has been honoured with numerous local and international exhibition awards for his achievements, including ITEX, MTE, SIIF, IWIS and PECIPTA. He is an IEEE, IET members and he was a committee of IEEE Photonics Society Malaysia Chapter since 2015-2016.