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.
John Reimers is the team’s Engineering Manager. John received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University in 2016. He is now pursuing a masters of applied science in electrical engineering under dr. ali emadi with a focus on power electronics utilizing wide bandgap semiconductors semiconductors and their applications in electrified vehicles. John’s interest in power electronics is what inspired him to join the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 team in 2014. Since then, the EcoCAR 3 program has assisted John by further developing his managerial skills and helping to improve on his knowledge of power electronics.
Theo Abraham is the team’s Communications Manager. He is currently in his fourth year of undergraduate study at McMaster University pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communications Studies. Theo’s passion for marketing and public relations, as well as his interest in green energies, were what inspired him to join the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 Team in 2016. Since then, the EcoCAR 3 program has helped Theo gain valuable experience with market research and community relations.
Robert Lau obtained a Bachelor of Technology degree specializing in Automotive and Vehicle Technology from McMaster University, along with a Mechanical Engineering Advanced Diploma from Mohawk College. His experience as a member of McMaster Formula Hybrid along with his undergraduate studies has prompted him to pursue a master's degree at the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) focusing on hybrid vehicle technologies.
Be it something mechanical, electrical or biological Chris Mak takes it upon his own to learn more about anything and everything. This desire for knowledge lead Chris to McMaster University where he is completing his undergraduate degree in the Bachelor of Technology program. Chris' past role as a committed member of McMaster Formula Hybrid helped him develop many skills, and helped him further the success of the team. Chris is now heavily involved in the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 Team where he is responsible for electrical CAD, and the integration of powertrain components.
Matt Leyland is the team’s mechanical co-lead. He is in his third year of undergraduate study at McMaster University and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and management.Matt’s passion for vehicles and alternative fuel systems is what led him to get involved with the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 team in 2015. Since then, the EcoCAR 3 program has helped Matt gain relevant experience with industry leading tools and further develop his leadership skills.
Federico Duperly is the team’s mechanical co-lead. He is in his third year of undergraduate study at McMaster University and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and management. Federico’s love for automotive racing is what motivated him to join the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 Team in 2015. Since then, the EcoCAR 3 program has helped Federico gain valuable experience working alongside industry professionals and utilizing industry level software.
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.
Nathanael Jordan is the team’s system modelling and simulations lead. He is in his fourth year of undergraduate study at McMaster University and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in software and embedded systems engineering. Nathanael’s interest with the intricacies of software development is what brought him to our EcoCAR 3 team in 2014. Since then, the EcoCAR 3 program has helped Nathanael gain experience managing and constructing large software systems.
Megan Wood is the team’selectrical engineering lead. She is in her fourth year of undergraduate study at McMaster University and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Megan’s passion for automotive engineeringis what lead her to join the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 Team in 2014.Since then, the EcoCAR 3 program has helped Megan further her knowledge and experience with electrical engineering.
Mackenzie Wootton is the team’s hybrid energy storage system (HESS) lead. After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree In Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in 2016; Mackenzie is currently pursuing a master’s of applied science degree in electrical engineering under Dr. Ali Emadi with a focus on energy storage systems. Mackenzie's appreciation for innovative hybrid-electric vehicle technology is what led him to join the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 Team in July of 2016. Since then, the EcoCAR 3 program has given Mackenzie the chance to develop his skills withdesigning, building and testing hybrid energy storage systems.
Paul Nguyen is the team’s systems safety lead. He is currently in his fourth year of undergraduate study at McMaster University pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Paul’s passion for hybrid vehicle technology was what led him to join the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 Team in 2015. Since then, the EcoCAR 3 program has helped Paul gain relevant experience with industry standard tools and software.
Jack Ziemba is the team’s ADAS lead. He is in his third 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.
James Emmens is the team’s low voltage captain. He is in his fourth year of undergraduate study at McMaster University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. James’ participation in the Formula SAE Hybrid project is what sparked his interest in hybrid vehicle development. This interest would eventually lead him to join the EcoCAR 3 project in 2015. Since then, the EcoCAR3 program has helped James further develop his knowledge of industry standard embedded software and low-voltage hardware.