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Dr. Ali Emadi

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Transportation Electrification and Smart Mobility

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Transportation Electrification and Smart Mobility

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Expertise:
Transportation Electrification; Electrified Vehicles; Autonomous-Capable Vehicles; Electric and Hybrid Powertrains; Power Electronics and Electric Motor Drives; Electric Machines and Energy Conversion Systems; Renewable and Efficient Energy Systems; Energy and Sustainability
Areas of Specialization:
Research Clusters:
Email:
Fax:
+1 905.521.2922
Office:
ITB-A109 and MARC 207
Phone:
+1 905.525.9140 x 27230
Lab:
McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC)

Overview

Specific Research Activities

Power electronics and electric motor drives; electric machines and electro-mechanical energy conversion systems; electric and hybrid powertrains; advanced electric drive vehicles including electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles; transportation energy conversion and vehicular power and propulsion systems; transportation electrification; smart mobility; autonomous-capable vehicles; smart grid and micro-grids; renewable and efficient energy systems; energy and sustainability. 

  • Canada Research Chair in Transporatation Electrification and Smart Mobility

Education

B.S., Sharif University of Technology, 1995

M.S., Sharif University of Technology, 1997

Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2000 

Did you know…

  • Dr. Emadi is the lead faculty advisor for the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 team 
  • 41 Ph.D. students have graduated under the supervision/co-supervision of Dr. Emadi since 2004 when his first Ph.D. student graduated 
  • 47 Master's students have graduated under the supervision/co-supervision of Dr. Emadi since 2002 when his first master's student graduated 
  • 51 post-docs and visiting scholars have worked with Dr. Emadi since 2002 
  • About 20% of Dr. Emadi’s trained Ph.D. students and 40% of his former post-docs and visiting scholars are in academia with tenured/tenure-track faculty positions in top universities around the world
  • Majority of Dr. Emadi’s trained graduate students are in industry in companies such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), General Motors, Ford, Tesla, Magna, Eaton, Mercedes-Benz, LG Electronics, Valeo, Audi, Atieva, Delphi, Electro-Motive Diesel, Caterpillar, SunPower, Phillips, Ricardo, Sevcon, United Technologies, Bombardier, TI, NXP, GE, Schneider Electric, Rockwell, Siemens, GaN Systems, and several start-up companies
  • Dr. Emadi's research has benefited from over $120M of funding over the past 12 years 
  • Dr. Emadi has founded three university spin-off companies 
  • Dr. Emadi was the inaugural General Chair of the IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC) in 2005 
  • Dr. Emadi was the founding General Chair of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC) in 2012 
  • Dr. Emadi is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification 
  • Dr. Emadi was the Chair of the IEEE International Future Energy Challenge in 2007 
  • Dr. Emadi was the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain  in 2017

Biography

Ali Emadi is the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain at McMaster University. Before joining McMaster University, Dr. Emadi was the Harris Perlstein Endowed Chair Professor of Engineering and Director of the Electric Power and Power Electronics Center and Grainger Laboratories at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, USA, where he established research and teaching facilities as well as courses in power electronics, motor drives, and vehicular power systems. He was the Founder, Chairman, and President of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies, Inc. (HEVT) – a university spin-off company of Illinois Tech. Dr. Emadi has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. He was the advisor for the Formula Hybrid Teams at Illinois Tech and McMaster University, which won the GM Best Engineered Hybrid System Award at the 2010, 2013, and 2015 competitions. He is the principal author/coauthor of over 400 journal and conference papers as well as several books including Vehicular Electric Power Systems (2003), Energy Efficient Electric Motors (2004), Uninterruptible Power Supplies and Active Filters (2004), Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric, and Fuel Cell Vehicles (2nd ed, 2009), and Integrated Power Electronic Converters and Digital Control (2009). He is also the editor of the Handbook of Automotive Power Electronics and Motor Drives (2005) and Advanced Electric Drive Vehicles (2014). Dr. Emadi was the Inaugural General Chair of the 2012 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC) and has chaired several IEEE and SAE conferences in the areas of vehicle power and propulsion. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification. 

Publications

Recent

Books: 

  • B. Bilgin and A. Emadi (Editors), Switched Reluctance Motor Drives: Fundamentals to Applications, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, to be published in 2018. 
  • A. Emadi (Editor), Advanced Electric Drive Vehicles, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, ISBN: 978-1-4665-9769-3, Oct. 2014. 
  • M. Ehsani, Y. Gao, and A. Emadi, Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric, and Fuel Cell Vehicles: Fundamentals, Theory, and Design, Second Edition, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, ISBN: 978-1-4200-5398-2, Aug. 2009. 
  • A. Emadi, A. Khaligh, Z. Nie, and Y.-J. Lee, Integrated Power Electronic Converters and Digital Control, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, ISBN: 978-1-4398-0069-0, May 2009. 
  • A. Emadi (Editor), Handbook of Automotive Power Electronics and Motor Drives, New York, NY: Marcel Dekker, ISBN: 0-8247-2361-9, May 2005. 
  • A. Emadi, A. Nasiri, and S. B. Bekiarov, Uninterruptible Power Supplies and Active Filters, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, ISBN: 0-8493-3035-1, Oct. 2004. 
  • A. Emadi, Energy-Efficient Electric Motors: Selection and Applications, New York, NY: Marcel Dekker, ISBN: 0-8247-5735-1, Sept. 2004.
  • A. Emadi, M. Ehsani, and J. M. Miller, Vehicular Electric Power Systems: Land, Sea, Air, and Space Vehicles, New York, NY: Marcel Dekker, ISBN: 0-8247-4751-8, Dec. 2003. 

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Achievements

  • 2016 Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain 
  • 2016 Fellow, National Academy of Inventors (NAI), United States 
  • 2016 Innovator of Distinction Award, McMaster Innovation Showcase, McMaster University 
  • 2014 Co-recipient, Chrysler Innovation Award 
  • 2014, 2012, 2005, and 2004 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society’s Best Vehicular Electronics Paper Award 
  • 2013 IEEE Fellow; citation: for contributions to electric power conversion and control for electric and hybrid vehicles 
  • 2009 Named as a Chicago Matters Global Visionary, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio 
  • 2005 Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award, IEEE Power Electronics Society 
  • 2004 Sigma Xi/Illinois Tech Award for Excellence in University Research, Illinois Institute of Technology 
  • 2003 Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer of the Year, Eta Kappa Nu Association, the Electrical Engineering Honor Society 
  • 2002 University Excellence in Teaching Award, Illinois Institute of Technology 
  • 2002 Overall Excellence in Research Award, Office of the President, Illinois Institute of Technology 
  • 1995 Ranked 1st in the entire B.S. Program of Sharif University of Technology