Dr. Ali Emadi 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. He is currently the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain and Director of McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The CERC appointment receives up to $10 million in federal funding over seven years in addition to significant support from the university. The appointment also includes a new hybrid vehicle research facility that is part of the new 80,000 square-foot McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) at McMaster Innovation Park. 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 (IIT) 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 IIT.
Dr. Mark Lawford is a Professor in McMaster University’s Department of Computing and Software and the Associate Director of the McMaster Centre for Software Certification. His research interests include software certification, application of formal methods to safety critical real-time systems, and supervisory control of discrete event systems. He worked at Ontario Hydro as a real-time software verification consultant on the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station Shutdown Systems Redesign project, receiving the Ontario Hydro New Technology Award for Automation of Systematic Design Verification of Safety Critical Software in 1999. He joined McMaster University’s Department of Computing and Software in 1998 where he helped develop the Software Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering programs. He has been a guest co-editor of joint special issues on Software Inspection of IEEE Software and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. He served as the Section Chair for Computer Systems on the Computer Science Evaluation Group (EG-1507) for the 2010 NSERC Discovery Grant Competition. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario and a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Dr. Saeid Habibi is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University and holds the Senior Industrial Research Chair in Hybrid Technologies sponsored by NSERC and Ford Canada. As founder of the Centre for Mechatronics and Hybrid Technology at McMaster, Dr. Habibi is also co-PI in the $24M Green Auto Powertrain Project funded by the Ontario Research Fund-Research Excellence (ORF-RE) program. His research focuses on intelligent control, state and parameter estimation, fault diagnosis and prediction, variable structure systems (VSS), actuation systems, mechatronics, and fluid power. Application areas include automotive, aerospace, water distribution, and robotics. Dr. Habibi developed the smooth variable structure filter (SVSF) theory, which is a predictor-corrector model-based state estimation strategy that guarantees stability and allows extraction of a higher degree of information from measured signals through secondary indicators of performance. These characteristics make SVSF exceptionally suitable for advanced control as well as for prognostics and health monitoring in automotive systems.
Research and teaching areas include automotive engineering, computer aided design, manufacturing, mechanics, machine design, machine dynamics, multi-body dynamics, modelling and simulation, numerical analysis, applied mathematics, thermo fluids, and programming.
Dr. Stephen Veldhuis is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at McMaster University and Director of McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI). Industry experts consider the MMRI to be Canada’s most advanced and best-equipped manufacturing research laboratory. Through his involvement in the MMRI, Dr. Veldhuis has worked with many researchers and industrial partners on leading edge manufacturing technology. His current research interests are in the area of selecting and developing surface engineering solutions for high performance machining and tuning of machining parameters to improve productivity and quality while reducing cost. This research is focused on making efficient manufacturing process plans for machining operations.
Alison Bayzat is the team’s Project Manager. She is in her fifth year of undergraduate study at McMaster University and is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering and Society. She joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre in September 2015, and is currently the Project Manager of The McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 Team. Alison is extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with a dedicated team of faculty and students, focused on developing revolutionary ideas for the automotive industry.
Federico Duperly is the team’s Engineering Manager. He is in his fourth year of undergraduate study at McMaster University, and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Management. Federico has a deep-rooted interest in motorsports, and has been involved in the radio control hobby for eleven years, which led him to join the EcoCAR3 team competition in 2015. Throughout his time on the team, he has gained relevant industry experience, working both at a technical level with industry leading tools, and at a management level.
Christian Braun is the team’s Media and Communications manager. Currently, he is in his final year of undergraduate study at McMaster University, and is pursuing a Honours degree in Multimedia. Christian joined the team in the fall of 2017, and is excited to help expand the communications and media outreach of The McMaster Engineering EcoCAR3 Team. By combining vector and photo based visuals, as well as infographics and musical scores, Christian is enthusiastic to work with this multidisciplinary team.
Matt Leyland is the team’s Mechanical Engineering Lead. He is in his fourth year of undergraduate study at McMaster University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Management. Matt began his journey with McMaster’s Engineering EcoCAR3 team in 2015. The holistic approach to the EcoCAR3 competition immediately peaked Matt’s interests as it provided an opportunity to merge his passions for automotive and alternative fuel systems while working with a highly diversified and skilled team.
Himesh Kurera is the team’s Controls Lead. He is in his fourth year of undergraduate study at McMaster University and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer engineering. Himesh's interest in hybrid electric vehicle technology is what lead him to join the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 Team in 2014. Since then, the EcoCAR 3 program has helped Himesh gain valuable experience he can now put forward to optimizing and testing safety critical software systems within hybrid-electric vehicles.
Mrudang Kadakia is the team’s Electrical Co-Lead. He is in his fourth year of undergraduate study at McMaster University, and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Mrudang joined the McMaster EcoCAR3 team in 2015, during the second year of the EcoCAR3 competition. Since then, he has invested his time documenting the electrical system of the car leading to increased knowledge and hands-on experience of hybrid electric vehicles and vehicle architectures.
Jack Ziemba is the team’s ADAS Lead. He is in his fourth year of undergraduate study at McMaster University and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering. Jack’s interest in electrical engineering is what lead him to join the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 Team in 2015. Since then, the EcoCAR 3 program has helped Jack gain experience with hybrid powertrains.
Richard Hamilton received his BSc Life Sciences degree from McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario in 2014. He is currently pursuing a second undergrad degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering in which he is expected to graduate 2018 from the same university as his first degree. Richard has been apart of the McMaster EcoCAR3 team since 2014, the inauguration year of the team; and he is currently the Advance Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) team lead. Richard has worked on image processing and target detections on monocular and stereo images for the team's ADAS design. Through the summer of 2017, Richard also worked on a research project at McMaster Automotive Resource Centre modelling and simulating autonomous-capable electric vehicles. Richard is also president and cofounder of a non for profit organization known as Mathstronauts, which provides grade 6 to 8 students with STEM education through engineering projects.
Nicholas Chu is the team's System Safety Lead. He is in his fourth year of the Bachelor of Technology program at McMaster University. Nicholas joined the team to gain hands on experience with vehicle design. Since he joined in year 2 he has worked with the Mechanical, Safety and Communications teams.