Iranian Researcher Among World’s Top Researchers

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Active ImageCanadian universities have lured 19 world-leading researchers, including an Iranian researcher, as prestigious Canada Excellence Research chairs.

For each chair, 13 universities will receive up to $10 million over seven years to support chairholders and their research, Industry Minister Tony Clement said at an event in Toronto on Monday announcing the recipients.

The research fields include health and related life sciences and technologies, environmental sciences and technologies, natural resources and energy, and information and communications technologies.

In the field of environmental sciences and technologies, Iran-born Ali Emadi, a top researcher in hybrid engine technology, will join McMaster University in Hamilton.

Ali Emadi received a BS (1995) and MS (1997) degrees in electrical engineering with highest distinction from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. He also received his PhD (2000) in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

Other researchers in the program include, in the health field, Matthew Farrer, Canada Excellence Research chair in neurogenetics and translational neuroscience at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Ali Emadi is the Harris Perlstein Endowed Chair Professor of Engineering and director of the Electric Power and Power Electronics Centre at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He also founded and served as president of spin-off company Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies, Inc.

Emadi is internationally recognized for his in-depth research on hybrid electric vehicle powertrains and electric drives.
An extremely active researcher, Emadi has made significant contributions toward the development of hybrid powertrains, power converters, hybrid energy storage systems and powertrain adaptive controls. He has authored over 250 publications and conference papers, as well as several books, including co-authoring Vehicular Electric Power Systems: Land, Sea, Air, and Space Vehicles (2003); and Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric, and Fuel Cell Vehicles: Fundamentals, Theory, and Design (second edition, 2009).

Emadi has served as associate editor on several publishing committees of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s largest and most respected professional engineering association. He has been awarded several patents, including one for his design of the digitally controlled electric motor—an energy-efficient motor available to manufacturers of everyday appliances at a lower cost than earlier versions of electric motors.

Emadi’s main research interests include electric, hybrid and plug-in vehicles; power electronics and motor drives; vehicle power and propulsion systems; transportation energy conversion; and renewable energy systems.

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