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Ali Emadi



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Ali Emadi (IEEE S’98-M’00-SM’03-F’13) received the B.S. (1995) and M.S. (1997) degrees in electrical engineering with highest distinction from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He also received his Ph.D. degree (2000) in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. He is currently the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) Laureate and a Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is also the holder of the NSERC/FCA Industrial Research Chair in Electrified Powertrains and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Transportation Electrification and Smart Mobility. The CERC appointment received $10 million in federal funding over 2011-2018 in addition to significant support from the university. Dr. Emadi’s appointment also includes a new electrified vehicle research facility that is part of the new 80,000 square-foot McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC) at McMaster Innovation Park. He served as the Director of the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) from 2011-2015. Dr. Emadi is the Founder, President, and CEO of Enedym Inc. and MenloLab Inc. – two university spin-off companies of 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, where he established research and teaching facilities as well as courses in power electronics, motor drives, and vehicular power systems. In addition, Dr. Emadi was the Founder, Chairman, and President of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies, Inc. (HEVT) – a university spin-off company of Illinois Tech.

Dr. Emadi is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. He has been named a Chicago Matters Global Visionary in 2009. He was named the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer of the Year 2003 (single international award) by virtue of his outstanding contributions to hybrid electric vehicles by the Electrical Engineering Honor Society. He also received the 2005 Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award from the IEEE Power Electronics Society. In 2005, he was selected as the Best Professor of the Year by the students at Illinois Tech. Dr. Emadi is the recipient of the 2002 University Excellence in Teaching Award from Illinois Tech as well as the 2004 Sigma Xi/Illinois Tech Award for Excellence in University Research. He directed a team of students to design and build a novel motor drive, which won the First Place Overall Award of the 2003 IEEE International Future Energy Challenge for Motor Competition. In addition, he was the advisor of the Formula Hybrid Teams at Illinois Tech and McMaster University, which won the GM Best Engineered Hybrid System Award at the2010, 2013, and 2015 competitions. Currently, Dr. Emadi is the lead faculty advisor for the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR Mobility Challenge.

Dr. Emadi is the principal author/co-author of over 700 journal and conference papers as well as several books including Vehicular Electric Power Systems: Land, Sea, Air, and Space Vehicles (Marcel Dekker, 2003), Energy Efficient Electric Motors (Marcel Dekker, 2004), Uninterruptible Power Supplies and Active Filters (CRC Press, 2004), Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric, and Fuel Cell Vehicles: Fundamentals, Theory, and Design, Second Edition (CRC Press, 2009), and Integrated Power Electronic Converters and Digital Control (CRC Press, 2009). Dr. Emadi is also the editor of the Handbook of Automotive Power Electronics and Motor Drives (Marcel Dekker, 2005) and Advanced Electric Drive Vehicles (CRC Press, 2014). He is the co-editor of the Switched Reluctance Motor Drives: Fundamentals to Applications (CRC Press, 2018).

Dr. Emadi was the General Chair of the 1st IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC’05), which was co-located under his chairmanship with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Future Transportation Technology Conference. He was also the General Chair of the 2011 IEEE VPPC. He is currently the Steering Committee Chair of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC). In addition, Dr. Emadi was the inaugural General Chair of the 2012 ITEC. He has served as the Chair of the IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Steering Committee, Chair of the Technical Committee on Vehicle and Transportation Systems of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and Chair of the Power Electronics Technical Committee of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. He has also served as the Chair of the 2007 IEEE International Future Energy Challenge.

Dr. Emadi was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification from 2014 to 2020. He has also served as the Editor (North America) of the International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles. He was the Guest Editor-in-Chief of the Special Issue on Transportation Electrification and Vehicle Systems, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. He has also served as the Guest Editor-in-Chief of the Special Issue on Transportation Electrification and Vehicle-to-Grid Applications, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and Guest Editor-in-Chief of the Special Issue on Automotive Power Electronics and Motor Drives, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. He has also been the Guest Editor of the Special Section on Hybrid Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and Guest Editor of the Special Section on Automotive Electronics and Electrical Drives, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.

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