Dr. Babak Nahid-Mobarakeh – Faculty of Engineering
Babak Nahid Mobarakeh

Dr. Babak Nahid-Mobarakeh


Micro grids, transportation electrification, more electric aircraft, electric vehicles, renewable energy systems, stability and stabilization of power conversion systems, control of power converters, fault-tolerant power conversion, power converters fault-detection, motor control, AC drives

Areas of Specialization

  • Professor

    Electrical & Computer Engineering


The efficiency and reliability of energy conversion systems in electrified transport and microgrids are of paramount importance for future development. This includes operating range extension, fault detection, fault-tolerant control, and stability of the above-mentioned systems and particularly, electrified air transportation. Indeed, the aircraft industry is undergoing a deep revolution, in which not only most actuators, but also propulsive motors are being electrified. The aim is to enhance reliability and propulsion efficiency and reduce maintenance costs and environmental impact. To get there, the aircraft industry has to develop new electronic, electrical and mechanical components, and look at new means to monitor them throughout their operating life. Hence, our team at McMaster University works on the reliability and control of power electronic converters, electric machines and microgrids in electrified air transportation.

Did you know?

  • Dr. Nahid-Mobarakeh supervised/co-supervised 21 Ph.D. students since 2006.
  • 59 Master’s students have graduated under the supervision of Dr. Nahid-Mobarakeh since 2004.
  • Most of Dr. Nahid-Mobarakeh’s former graduate students work in companies such as Safran Group, Valeo, Peugeot-Citroen PSA, Renault, Air Bus, EDF, Delphi, GE, IFP-en, Atalys, Sermat, SEW-Usocome, etc.

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Dr. Babak Nahid-Mobarakeh is a Professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. He received the Ph.D. degree from “Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine” (INPL, France) in 2001 in Electrical Engineering. From 2001 to 2006, he was with “Université de Picardie” as an Assistant then Associate Professor. In September 2006, he joined “Université de Lorraine” as an Associate Professor, then Professor in 2016. He is the author or coauthor of more than 250 peer-reviewed international journal and conference papers. Currently, he is the General Chair of ITEC 2020 (IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo). Between 2012 and 2019, he served as Secretary, Vice Chair, Chair and Past Chair of the Industrial Automation and Control Committee (IACC) of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS). He also was the IACC Committee Administrator and a Paper Review Chair of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications.

Dr. Nahid-Mobarakeh’s main research topics are related to the continuity of service in electrical systems and his main contributions are:

Stability analysis and stabilization of microgrids:
– Large-signal and small-signal stability of AC and DC microgrids
– Centralized and distributed stabilizing control and energy management in microgrids
– Online identification for stabilization and control of microgrids

Fault detection in electric systems:
– Online parameter identification for fault detection
– Fault detection and isolation in distributed electrical systems
– State of Charge and State of Health estimation for batteries

Electric drives:
– Fault-tolerant power electronic architectures for AC drives
– PWM techniques and torque ripples suppression in multi-phase machines
– Sensor failure in AC drives

• Fellow IEEE 2022, citation: for contributions to the improvements in service continuity of electric motor drive systems
• Recipient “Best Research Project Award”, Safran Group, 2013
• Second Best Ph.D. Thesis Award of Université de Lorraine (Pierre Magne), 2012
• IET Toronto Local Network Younger Members Section Prize, 2014
• Recipient of 7 IEEE Awards
• Holder of 7 patents
• Committee Administrator of the “Industrial Automation and Control Committee”, IEEE Industry Applications Society, 2015-2019
• Technical Committee Paper Review Chair of the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, 2013-2019
• Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification
• Panelist for EU Horizon 2020 program, ANR (French NSF), and US NSF
• Chair of Corporate Relations at ENSEM, Université de Lorraine, France (Jan. 2016-Sep. 2019)
• Member of ENSEM Board of Directors, Université de Lorraine, France (Jan. 2016-Sep. 2019)