People

POWER ELECTRONICS AND ENERGY RESEARCH GROUP (PEER)

 
People
 

FACULTY MEMBERS

Dr. Pragasen Pillay

Dr. Luiz A. C. Lopes

Dr. Akshay Kumar Rathore

Dr. Chunyan Lai
   

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES & collaborators

Dr. Maher Al-Badri

Dr. S. Morteza Taghavi
Dr. Mathews Boby
Dr. Hemanth Kumar Tanneru
Dr.Akrem Mohamed Aljehaimi
   

GRADUATE STUDENTS (Ph.D.)

1.

Khalid Elamari

2.

Ahmad Malkawi

3.

Mohammad Masadeh

4.

Seyede Sara Maroufian

5.

Chirag Desai

6.

Mahmud Ghasemi Bijan

7.

Karin Rezende Feistel

8.

Luccas Matiuzzi Kunzler

9.

Amitkumar Kortagere Sashidhar

10.

Sivanagaraju Gangavarapu

11.

Rajendra Thike

12.

Vakacharla Venkata Ratnam

13.

Gabriel Renan Broday

14.

Dwaipayan Barman

15.

Bigyan Basnet

16.

Rama Krishna Naidu Vaddipalli 

17.

Ronak Nemade 

18.

Swati Tandon 

19.  Tamanwè Payarou 20. Yupeng Liu 
21.  Gayathri Tanuku 22. Sumeet Singh

GRADUATE STUDENTS (M.A.Sc)

1.

Zaid Hamed Zaid  

2.

Vincent Prévost  

3.

Saroosh Saeed

4.

Manisha Verma

5.

Muhammad Ali Akbar

6.

Aditya Kumar Bhatt

7.

Jaydeep Bhalala

8.

Seyedeh Nazanin Afrasiabi

9. Koyelia Khatun    
       
 

FACULTY MEMBERS

 

Dr. Pillay

Dr. Pragasen Pillay
Ph.D., P.Eng., C.Eng., FIEEE, FIEE
Professor
NSERC/Hydro-Québec Senior Industrial Research Chair
Office: SGW-EV S3.645
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 3108
FAX: (514) 848-2802
E-Mail: pillay@encs.concordia.ca
Website http://users.encs.concordia.ca/~pillay/
Research Interests:
  • Modeling, analysis, design and control of Electrical Machines
  • Electric Motor Drive Systems
  • Traction Motors for Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • RenewableEnergy including Wind
  • Biomass and Solar Energy
  • Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency and Conservation
  • Sustainability issues in Power and Energy Engineering
Biography:

Professor Pillay (Fellow of the IEEE, 2005) is the NSERC/Hydro-Québec Senior Industrial Research Chair at Concordia University entitled “Design and Performance of Special Electric Machines” focusing on electric vehicle and alternate energy applications. The Chair was established in 2009 at Concordia and renewed in 2014, this was the first Industrial Research Chair at Concordia.

Dr. Pillay received the Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa, in 1981 and 1983, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA, in 1987. From 1988 to 1990 he was with the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. From 1990 to 1995, he was with the University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, USA. From 1995 to 2007, he was with Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA, where he held the Jean Newell Distinguished Professorship in Engineering. From January 1999 to August 2016 he was an adjunct Prof at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In 2017, Dr. Pillay was appointed as Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, S.A.
Dr. Pillay is a member of the IEEE Power Engineering, IEEE Industry Applications, IEEE Industrial Electronics, and IEEE Power Electronics Societies. He is a member of the Electric Machines Committee and the Past Chairman of the Industrial Drives Committee of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), the Past Chairman of the Induction Machinery Subcommittee of the IEEE Power Engineering Society, and the Past Chairman of the Awards Committee of the IAS Industrial Power Conversion Department. He has organized and taught short courses in electric drives at IAS Annual Meetings as well as to the Government of South Africa. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, U.K., and a Chartered Electrical Engineer in the U.K. He is also a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.
Dr. Pillay is the recipient of the Order of Mapungubwe from the President of South Africa in 2008 for contributions to South Africa in the area of energy conversion. He is also the recipient of the 2015 IEEE IAS Outstanding Achievement Award. He was also a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Industry Applications Society in 2012/2013. In 2015 he was the General co-Chair of the Energy Conversion Conference and Exposition, which is the largest and most important conference in his area of electric machines.
Professor Pillay has published more than 160 articles in refereed journals and around 280 technical papers in major conferences and meetings in North America and other international conferences.

Professor Pillay's Research Group Members
Photo taken on Friday, 18 MAY 2018
PEER-18-MAY-2018.

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Dr. Lopes

Dr. Luiz A. C. Lopes
Ph.D., ing., SMIEEE
Professor
Office:  SGW-EV05.407 
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 3080
FAX: (514) 848-2802 
E-Mail: lalopes@encs.concordia.ca
Website http://explore.concordia.ca/luiz-ac-lopes
Research Interests:
  • Distributed power systems

  • Renewable energy sources

  • Microgrids Islanding detection schemes

  • Control of power electronic converters

Biography:

Professor Lopes received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil, in 1989, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 1996.
From 1996 to 2001, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Federal University of Para, Belem, Brazil. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, where he has been since 2002.

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Dr. Rathore

Dr. Akshay Kumar Rathore
Ph.D., SMIEEE
Associate Professor
Office: SGW-EV05.245
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 4486
FAX: (514) 848-2802
E-Mail: arathore@encs.concordia.ca
Website http://explore.concordia.ca/akshay-kumar-rathore
Research Interests:
  • Soft-Switching Techniques for High Frequency Link Power Converters

  • Resonant Converters

  • Utility Interactive Inverters for Renewable Energy Applications

  • High Power Industrial AC Drives and Multilevel Inverters

Biography:

Dr. Rathore received the master’s degree from the Indian Institute of technology (BHU), India, in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, in 2008.He had two subsequent post-doctoral research appointments with the University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA. He has been an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore, since 2010. He has been actively involved in research on novel and innovative current-fed topologies and modulation techniques. He has authored over 180 research papers in international journals and Conferences including 60 IEEE Transactions. He has 1 European Patent on Optimal Pulse Width Modulation of Multilevel Inverters.
Dr. Rathore is a recipient of the 2017 IEEE IES early career Award, a winner and was a recipient of the 2013 IEEE IAS Andrew W. Smith Outstanding Young Member Award and the 2014 Isao Takahashi Power Electronics Award. He was also a recipient of the University Ph.D. Fellowship and the Thouvenelle Graduate Scholarship. He also received the Gold Medal for securing highest academic standing.
He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, the IEEE Journal of Emerging Selected Topics in Power Electronics, the IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, and IET Power Electronics, and an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy.
He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal.

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Chunyan

Dr. Chunyan Lai
Ph.D., MIEEE
Assistant Professor
Office: GW-EV05.401      
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 5279
FAX: (514) 848-2802
E-Mail: clai@encs.concordia.ca
Website
Research Interests:
  • Electric Motor Drives

  • Electric Machine Modeling, Control and Testing

  • Grid-connected Power Converters

Biography:

Dr. Lai received the Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Sun Yat-sen University, China, in 2010, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Windsor, Canada, in 2017. Between 2010 and 2013, she spent two and a half years in the industry. She worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow for one year at the University of Windsor after she received her Ph.D. degree. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

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Research associateS, Postdoctoral fellows

&

collaborators

Dr. Maher Al-Badri

Dr. Maher Al-Badri
Ph.D., P.Eng., SMIEEE


Office: SGW-EV S3.625      
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ex. 7087
FAX: (514) 848-2802
E-Mail: ma_albad@encs.concordia.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Pragasen Pillay
Research Interests:
  • Electrical Machines and Drives

  • Power Electronics 

  • Renewable Energy Systems

  • Power System Analysis 

Biography:

Dr. Al-Badri received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University, Montréal, Canada in 2015. He is currently a Research Associate in PEER group and Part-Time Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Dr. Al-Badri is IEEE Senior Member, Member of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, Member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society, Member of the IEEE IAS Electric Machines Committee, Member of the IEEE PES Electric Machinery Committee, Registered Canadian Professional Engineer (Ontario) and Member of The Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

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Dr. S. Morteza Taghavi

Dr. S. Morteza Taghavi
Ph.D., EIT, MIEEE

Office: SGW-EV S3.605      
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7087
FAX: (514) 848-2802
E-Mail: s_tagh@encs.concordia.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Pragasen Pillay 
Research Interests:
  • Electrical Machines Design

  • Motor Drives 

  • Transportation Electrification 

  • Renewable Energy System

Biography:

Dr. Taghavi received his B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Science and Technology (IUST), Tehran, Iran, in 1986 and the Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Concordia University, Montréal, Canada, in 2011 and 2015 respectively.
He is currently with PEER (Power Electronics and Energy Research) group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, and with Electrical Machine Research Group at Niroo Research Institute (NRI), Tehran, Iran as research associate and technology consultant in electrical machines and electrified powertrain for automotive and rail applications.

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Mathews

Dr. Mathews Boby
Ph.D., MIEEE
Office: GW-EV05.625      
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7087
FAX: (514) 848-2802
E-Mail: mathews@encs.concordia.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Pragasen Pillay
Research Interests:
  • Power Electronics

  • Induction Motor Drives

  • Multilevel Voltage Source Inverters

  • Solar Grid Connected Inverters

Biography:
Dr. Boby received his B.Tech. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering in 2010 from Mar Athanasius College of Engineering, Kothamangalam, India and the M.Tech. degree in Electronics Design and Technology in 2014 and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 2017. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in PEER group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

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Hemanth

Dr. Hemanth Kumar Tanneru
Ph.D., MIEEE
Office: GW-EV13.235      
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7098
FAX: (514) 848-2802
E-Mail: hemanth.tanneru@concordia.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Pragasen Pillay and Dr. Muthukumaran Packirisamy
Research Interests:
  • Renewable Energy Systems

  • Energy harvesting from renewable energy resources

  • Microscale energy harvesting devices development, performance enhancement

  • Mathematical modeling and development of energy harvesting and energy conversion systems

  • Process Systems Engineering

  • Mathematical modeling of process systems for control and state estimation

Biography:
Dr. Tanneru received the bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi, India in 2010, and a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India, in 2017. He was a project officer in IIT Madras from Jul 2017 to Aug 2017 and a Consultant in Gyan Data Private Limited, IIT Madras Research Park, Chennai, 600036, India from. Sep 2017 to March 2018. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in PEER group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Optical Bio-MEMS laboratory in Mechanical Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

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Akrem

Dr.Akrem Mohamed Aljehaimi
Ph.D., MIEEE
Office: GW-EV05.625      
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7087
FAX: (514) 848-2802
E-Mail: a_aljeha@encs.concordia.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Pragasen Pillay
Research Interests:
  • Electrical Machines and Drives

  • Dynamic modeling of electrical machines

  • Design and implementation of nonlinear adaptive filters for harmonics extraction and cancelation

  • Bidirectional power converters (AC-DC and DC-AC) for regenerative braking and battery charging.

  • Two-level and multilevel inverters’ PWM topologies and their effect on reducing the core losses

Biography:
Dr. Aljehaimi received the bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Misurata University, Misrata, Libya, in 2007, and the master's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, in 2012 and 2018, respectively. Currently, he is a Research Associate in PEER group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

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GRADUATE STUDENTS (Ph.D.)

Khalid

Khalid Elamari
Thesis: Interphase Power Controller for Power Flow Control
Supervisor: Dr. Luiz Lopes
Office: SGW-EV S3.306
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 4126
E-Mail: k_elama@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2013
Expected Graduation: DEC 2018
Research Interests:
Power Electronics; Power Systems Operation and Planning; Renewable Energy Systems; Power Balancing and Frequency Control on Hybrid Mini-Grids
Biography:
Khalid Elamari was born in Khoms, Libya on July 15, 1980. He received the B.Sc. degree in 2003 in Electrical and Computer Engineering, power field from Al-Mergeb University, Khoms, Libya. He worked as electrical power system protection engineer in the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL), Tripoli, Libya from 2005 to 2008. He received the M.Sc. degree in 2011 from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University.

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Ahmad

Ahmad Malkawi
Thesis: Power Converters and Control Strategies for Residential Nano-Grids
Supervisor: Dr. Luiz Lopes
Office: SGW-EV S3.306
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 4126
E-Mail: ah_malk@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2013
Expected Graduation: MAY 2019
Research Interests:
Power Electronics; Micro-Grid and Nano-Grid; Renewable Energy Systems
Biography:
Ahmad Malkawi was born in Irbid, Jordan on October 23, 1987. He received the B.Sc. degree in 2010 in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering field from Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan. He worked as electrical engineer in Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan from 2010 to 2012. He received the M.Sc. degree in industrial automation engineering from Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan in 2012. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University.

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Masadeh

Mohammad Masadeh
Thesis: An Induction Machine Emulator for Renewable Energy Systems
Supervisor: Dr. Pragasen Pillay
Office: SGW-EV S3.645
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7089
E-Mail: m_masade@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2014
Expected Graduation: AUG 2018
Research Interests:
Power Electronics, Electric Machines and Drives, Renewable Energy Systems
Biography:
Mohammad Masadeh (IEEE Student Member 2015) received the Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Al-Balqa’ Applied University, Amman, Jordan, in 1999, and the Master’s degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, in 2003. He worked as a lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Jubail Industrial College, Saudi Arabia from 2004 to 2014. Currently, He is working toward the Ph.D. degree with the Power Electronics and Energy Research (PEER) Group, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada.

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Sara

Seyede Sara Maroufian
Thesis: Analytical Modeling and Design of Synchronous Reluctance Machines for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy Applications
Supervisor: Prof. Pragasen Pillay
Office: SGW-EV S3.615
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7088
E-Mail: s_marou@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: JAN 2015
Expected Graduation: DEC 2018
Research Interests:
Design and analysis of Synchronous Reluctance Machines and PM Assisted Synchronous Reluctance Machines; Generator Operation of Synchronous Reluctance Machines
Biography:
Seyede Sara Maroufian received the Bachelor's and Masters degrees both in electrical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and KNT University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2010 and 2013, respectively. She is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. 

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Chirag

Chirag Desai
Thesis: Torque and Core Loss Characterization of a Variable-Flux Permanent-Magnet Machine
Supervisor: Dr. Pragasen Pillay
Office: SGW-EV S3.615
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7088
E-Mail: c_desai@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: JAN 2015
Expected Graduation: DEC 2018
Research Interests:
Electrical Machines and Drives; Energy Efficiency
Biography:
Chirag Desai received the B.E degree in electrical engineering from South Gujarat University, Surat, Gujarat, India, in 2003, and the M.A. Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada, in 2010.
He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering with the Power Electronics and Energy Research (PEER) Group, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada.

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Mahmud

Mahmud Ghasemi Bijan
Thesis: Induction Machine Efficiency Estimation Using Evolutionary Algorithms
Supervisor: Dr. Pragasen Pillay
Office: SGW-EV S3.615
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7088
E-Mail: m_asemib@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: JAN 2016
Expected Graduation: APL 2019
Research Interests:
Modeling, Analysis and Design of Electrical Machines; Fault Detection of Electrical Machines; Power Electronics Converter
Biography:
Mahmud Ghasemi Bijan received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering from University of Birjand, Birjand, Iran, in 2009 and his M.Sc. in electrical power engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, in 2013. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

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Karin

Karin Rezende Feistel
Thesis: A SPWM VSI Operating with a Wide Range of Output Power, Voltage and Frequency with Low Harmonic Distortion for Machine Emulation
Supervisor: Dr. Luiz Lopes
Office: SGW-EV S3.306
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 4126
E-Mail: k_feiste@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: MAY 2016
Expected Graduation: APL 2020
Research Interests:
Power Electronics; Hybrid Power Amplifier; Harmonic AnalysisConverters; Renewable Energy Sources and Systems; Electrical Transportation Systems
Biography:
Karin Rezende Feistel received her Bachelor and Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering at Federal University of Santa Maria - Brazil. Currently, she is a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Luiz Lopes at Concordia University , Montréal, Canada. 

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Luccas

Luccas Matiuzzi Kunzler
Thesis: Power Balance Technique for Cascaded H-Bridge Multilevel Cells in a Hybrid Power Amplifier with Wide Output Voltage Variation
Supervisor: Dr. Luiz Lopes
Office: SGW-EV S3.306
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 4126
E-Mail: l_kunzle@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: MAY 2016
Expected Graduation: MAY 2020
Research Interests:
Power Electronics; Multilevel Converters; Hybrid Power Amplifier
Biography:
Luccas Matiuzzi Kunzler received his Bachelor and Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering at Federal University of Santa Maria - Brazil. Currently he is a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Luiz Lopes at Concordia University , Montréal, Canada. 

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Amit

Amitkumar Kortagere Sashidhar
Thesis: Electric Machine Emulation
Supervisor: Dr. Pragasen Pillay
Office: SGW-EV S3.615
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7088
E-Mail: a_kortag@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2016
Expected Graduation: AUG 2019
Research Interests:
Power Converter Control; Electric Drives; Power-Hardware-In-the-Loop Simulations; Real-time Simulations
Biography:
Amitkumar K. S. received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Amrita School of Engineering, Bangalore, India in 2010 and master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 2012. He has worked as an associate scientist at ABB GISL, India and as an electrical modeling and simulation specialist at OPAL-RT India.
Amitkumar is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia, under the supervision of Prof. Pragasen Pillay. He is a recipient of the N. R. Khambati Memorial award for his Master’s program at the Indian Institute of Science, India. He is also the recipient of the Concordia University International Award of Excellence ENCS and a merit scholarship from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) for his ongoing Ph.D. at Concordia University , Montréal, Canada.

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Siva

Sivanagaraju Gangavarapu
Thesis: Power supplies for More Electric Aircraft
Supervisor: Dr. Akshay Kumar Rathore
Office: SGW-EV S3.645    
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7089
E-Mail: s_gangav@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2016
Expected Graduation: AUG 2020
Research Interests:
Power quality; AC-DC converters; DC-DC converters; Drives and Control
Biography:
Sivanagaraju. G received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India in 2009 and master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India in 2012. He has worked as Manager-Product development at Ashok Leyland limited, India.
Sivanagaraju. G is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia, under the supervision of Prof. Akshay Kumar Rathore. He is a recipient of the POSOCO power system award for his outstanding work in Master’s program and he is also the recipient of the Concordia University International Award of Excellence ENCS.

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Thike

Rajendra Thike
Thesis: Online Parameter Determination of Electrical Machines
Supervisor: Dr. Pragasen Pillay
Office: SGW-EV S3.625
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7088
E-Mail: r_thike@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: JAN 2017
Expected Graduation: AUG 2020
Research Interests:
Electrical Machine Modelling; Renewable Energy; Electric Drives; Power Electronic Converters
Biography:
Rajendra Thike received the Bachelor's degree from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal in 2010, and the Master's degree from Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 2016, all in electrical engineering. He is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

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Venkata

Vakacharla Venkata Ratnam
Thesis: New Topologies for Soft Switching Current-fed Isolated DC-DC Resonant Converters for DC micro grids Applications
Supervisor: Dr. Akshay Kumar Rathore
Office: SGW-EV S3.645    
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7089
E-Mail: v_enkat@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: JAN 2017
Expected Graduation: DEC 2019
Research Interests:
Soft Switching Converters; Current, Voltage and Impedance Fed Converters
Biography:
Vakacharla Venkata Ratnam has completed bachelors in electrical and electronics engineering from V.R.Siddhartha Engineering College,Vijayawada in 2012, Masters in Power Electronics from IIT BHU, Varanasi in 2015. Later he worked as Assistant Professor in VIEW college, Visakhapatnam from 2015-2016.Later he registered for PhD in Concordia University in 2017. He has published two journals in IEEE transactions on power electronics and Industry applications. Presented 3 papers in conference. He secured full scholarship to support his studies during PhD.

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Gabriel

Gabriel Renan Broday
Thesis: Analysis, Design and Control of Bidirectional DC-DC Converters for Microgrids and Energy Storage Systems Applications
Supervisor: Dr. Luiz Lopes
Office: SGW-EV S3.615
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7088
E-Mail: g_broday@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: JAN 2017
Expected Graduation: JAN 2021
Research Interests:
Power Converters; Energy Storage Systems; Microgrids; Renewable Energy Sources
Biography:
Gabriel Renan Broday was born in Ponta Grossa, Brazil, in 1992. He received the B. S. degree in Electronics Engineering, and the M. S. degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the Federal University of Technology of Parana, Ponta Grossa, Brazil, in 2014 and 2016, respectively. He is currently working towards the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

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Dwaipayan

Dwaipayan Barman
Thesis:
Supervisor: Prof. Pragasen Pillay
Office: SGW-EV S3.306
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 4126
E-Mail: d_barman@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2017
Expected Graduation: AUG 2020
Research Interests:
Design of Electrical Machines for Electrical Vehicle and Renewable Energy Applications
Biography:
Dwaipayan Barman has received B. E. degree from Jadavpur University, India in 2011 and M. Tech. degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India in 2013 both in electrical engineering. Currently He is a PhD student in the department of Electrical and Computer engineering at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. He was a research associate from December 2013 to July 2017 at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India.

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Bigyan

Bigyan Basnet
Thesis:
Supervisor: Prof. Pragasen Pillay
Office: SGW-EV S3.645
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7089
E-Mail: b_basnet@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: JAN 2018
Expected Graduation: AUG 2021
Research Interests:
Electric Drives; Real-time simulations
Biography:
Bigyan Basnet received his bachelor’s degree from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2013 and Master’s degree from Ulsan University, South Korea in 2017, both in Electrical Engineering. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

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Rama

Rama Krishna Naidu Vaddipalli
Thesis:
Supervisor: Dr. Akshay Kumar Rathore
Office: SGW-EV S3.645    
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7089
E-Mail: r_vaddip@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: JAN 2018
Expected Graduation: NOV 2020
Research Interests:
Power Electronics & Drives
Biography:
Rama Krishna Naidu Vaddipalli received the B.E. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Andhra University, India in 2009 and graduated as topper in the department. He completed his M. Tech. in Electrical engineering with specialization in Power Electronics & Drives from IIT Kanpur, India in 2011. Post his graduation, he joined as Technologist (Automation) in Tata Steel Limited, India in 2011 and left as Manager (Electrical Maintenance) in 2017. He has built expertise in Purdue hierarchy of Automation and Motor drives. He is a certified professional in Siemens PCS7 DCS. He has completed a course in Intellectual property and rights from Tata Group, India. He obtained HT license, up to 33 kV for installation and maintenance from Government of India. He has guided one undergraduate student for industrial project and developed an instrumentation lab. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree at the Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

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Ronak

Ronak Nemade
Thesis:
Supervisor: Dr. Akshay Kumar Rathore
Office: SGW-EV S3.306    
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 4126
E-Mail: r_nemade@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: JAN 2018
Expected Graduation: DEC 2021
Research Interests:
Power Electronics Converters; Modulation Techniques; Electrical Machine & Drives; Power-Hardware-In-the-Loop Simulations; Real-time Simulations
Biography:
Ronak Nemade received his B.E. in Power Electronics from Gujarat Technological University, Gujarat, India, in 2013 and his M.Tech. in Power Electronics & Drives from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India in 2016. He is presently working towards the PhD degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Concordia University under the supervision of Prof. Akshay Rathore. He was working with Industrial Electronics group, Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani, Rajasthan, India from Sept-2016 to Feb-2017. From Feb-2017 to Dec-2017 he worked as Senior Design Engineer - Power Electronics with The TATA Power Company Limited - Strategic Engineering Division. He is recipient of Concordia University International Tuition Award of Excellence ENCS and Concordia University Graduate Fellowship Award.

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Swati

Swati Tandon
Thesis:
Supervisor: Dr. Akshay Kumar Rathore
Office: SGW-EV S3.306    
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 4126
E-Mail: s_tando@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: JAN 2018
Expected Graduation: APL 2021
Research Interests:
Soft switching converters, Current fed converters, Electric vehicle/FCV application
Biography:
Swati Tandon received her bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Uttarakhand Tech. University, Dehradun, India in 2011 and master’s degree from the Delhi Technological University, Delhi, India in 2013. She has worked as Assistant Manager-Design and development center, Electrical & Automation Division, Larsen & Toubro limited, Mumbai, India.
Swati is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Canada under the supervision of Prof. Akshay Kumar Rathore.

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Tamanwe

Tamanwe Payarou
Thesis: Emulation of Permanent Magnet Machines using FEA Look-up Table Based Machine Models
Supervisor: Prof. Pragasen Pillay
Office: SGW-EV S3.645
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7089
E-Mail: t_payaro@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2018
Expected Graduation: AUG 2021
Research Interests:
Power Electronics Converters; Renewable Energy Sources and Systems; Electrical Transportation Systems
Biography:
Tamanwè Payarou received the Bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering department from the University of Dokuz Eylul, Izmir, Turkey, in 2016 and the Master's degree from Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 2018 in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.
Tamanwè is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia, under the supervision of Prof. Pragasen Pillay. He is a recipient of the Concordia Merit Scholarship ENCS for his Master’s program. He is also the recipient of the Concordia University International Award of Excellence for his ongoing Ph.D.

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Yupeng

Yupeng Liu
Thesis:
Supervisor: Prof. Pragasen Pillay
Office: SGW-EV
Telephone: (514) 848-2424
E-Mail: l_yupen@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2018
Expected Graduation: AUG 2021
Research Interests:
Power Electronics; Solid-State Transformer; Microgrid Power management
Biography:
Yupeng Liu received his Bachelor and Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering at China Agricultural University, China, in 2015 and 2017. From 2017 to 2018 he spent one year in the industry. He is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

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Gayatri

Gayathri Tanuku
Thesis:
Supervisor: Prof. Pragasen Pillay
Office: SGW-EV S3.615
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7088
E-Mail: g_tanuku@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2018
Expected Graduation: AUG 2021
Research Interests:
Electrical Machines, Renewable Energy Sources, Micro grid, Smart grid
Biography:
Gayatri Tanuku received her bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India 2009 and Master’s degree in Power System Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India in 2013. She worked as a Ratified Assistant professor in Veltech University, Chennai, India.
Gayathri T is currently pursuing PhD in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University under the supervision of Prof. Pragasen Pillay. She is currently the recipient of Concordia International tuition award of excellence ENCS.

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Sumeet

Sumeet Singh
Thesis:
Supervisor: Prof. Pragasen Pillay
Office: SGW-EV S3.615
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7089
E-Mail: s_sume@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2018
Expected Graduation: AUG 2021
Research Interests:
Power Electronics; Electrical Machines and Drives; Renewable Energy Sources
Biography:
Sumeet Singh received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering department from BEC, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India in 2014 and the Master's degree in Power Electronics from Manipal University Jaipur, Rajasthan, India in 2016. He has worked as a Project Research Associate at IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India from August 2016 to May, 2018.
Sumeet is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada under the supervision of Prof. Pragasen Pillay. He is a recipient of the Concordia University International Award of Excellence ENCS for his ongoing Ph.D.

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GRADUATE STUDENTS (M.A.S.c)

Zaid

Zaid Hamed Zaid
Thesis: Hybrid Storage System for DC Nano-Grids
Supervisor: Dr. Luiz Lopes
Office: SGW-EV S3.615
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7088
E-Mail: z_zaid@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2016
Expected Graduation: DEC 2018
Research Interests:
Power Electronics; Power System Analysis; Renewable Energy Systems; Control Systems
Biography:
Zaid Hamed M. Zaid received the B.Sc degree in 2013 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Sirte University. He is currently working towards the M.A.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering at Concordia University.

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Vincent

Vincent Prévost
Thesis:
Supervisor: Prof. Pragasen Pillay
Office: SGW-EV S3.306
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 4126
E-Mail: v_prevos@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2017
Expected Graduation: SEP 2019
Research Interests:
Renewable Energy Systems; Distributed Power Systems; Power Electronics
Biography:
Vincent Prévost graduated from University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering (Power and Sustainable Energy Option) in December 2016. He is currently a Master of Applied Science student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

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Saroosh

Saroosh Saeed
Thesis: DC Distribution System for A Residential Nanogrid
Supervisor: Dr. Luiz Lopes
Office: SGW-EV S3.306
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 4126
E-Mail: k_feiste@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2017
Expected Graduation: AUG 2018
Research Interests:
Renewable Energy Systems; Power Electronics; Micro & Nanogrid; Distributed Power Systems
Biography:
Saroosh Saeed received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering from Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan .He is currently pursuing a Master of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

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Manisha

Manisha Verma
Thesis: Efficiency Management Using Different Bidirectional Converter Topologies
Supervisor: Dr. Akshay Kumar Rathore
Office: SGW-EV S3.306    
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 4126
E-Mail: ma_verma@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: OCT 2017
Expected Graduation: JAN 2019
Research Interests:
Electric Hybrid Vehicle; Bidirectional converter topologies; Virtual oscilloscope
Biography:
Manisha Verma received her Bachelor degree in Electrical and electronics engineering from Maharshi Dayanand University,India in 2013 . She is currently pursuing Masters in Applied science in Electrical and computer engineering at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali Akbar
Thesis: Fuel Cell-Based Hybrid Power Supply System with Super-Capacitor / Battery Bank
Supervisor: Dr. Luiz Lopes
Office:  
Telephone:  
E-Mail: mu_akba@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: OCT 2017
Expected Graduation: DEC 2018
Research Interests:
Renewable Energy Systems; Power Electronics; Fuel Cell Power Supply; DC/DC Converter
Biography:
Muhammad Ali Akbar received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Comsats Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan. He is currently pursuing a Master of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

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Aditya

Aditya Kumar Bhatt
Thesis: VSC based Converter for Reactive Power Compensation in Utility Grid
Supervisor: Dr. Akshay Kumar Rathore
Office: SGW-EV S3.645    
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7089
E-Mail: ad_bha@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: OCT 2018
Expected Graduation: SEP 2019
Research Interests:
Hybrid Electrical Vehicles; Renewable and Sustainable Energy; Electric Drives; Power System; FACTS; Electrical Machines; Reactive Power Compensation; Soft Computing Techniques; Digital Multimedia
Biography:
Aditya Kumar Bhatt received his B.E degree, in 2012 and M.Tech. degree, in 2016 both from Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, India. He has worked with Lakshmi Narain Group of Institutions, India as research assistant and published various papers in the field of Electrical machines, Power systems and Digital Signal Processing in IEEE conferences and international journals. Currently, he is working towards MASc degree with Power Electronics and Energy Research Group (PEER), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

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Jaydeep

Jaydeep Bhalala
Thesis:
Supervisor: Prof. Pragasen Pillay
Office: SGW-EV S3.645
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7089
E-Mail: j_bhalal@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2018
Expected Graduation: AUG 2020
Research Interests:
Power Electronics; Hybrid Electrical Vehicles; Power System; FACTS; Reactive Power Compensation
Biography:
Jaydeep Bhalala received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Sarvajanik College of Engineering and Technology, Surat, India in May 2016. He is currently a Master of Applied Science student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

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Nazanin

Seyedeh Nazanin Afrasiabi
Thesis:
Supervisor: Dr. Chunyan Lai
Office: SGW-EV S3.615    
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 Ext. 7088
E-Mail: n_afrasi@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2017
Expected Graduation: SEP 2019
Research Interests:
Motor Control; Electric Machines and Drives
Biography:
Nazanin received her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and her Master's degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Tehran University. She is currently working towards the M.A.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering at Concordia University.

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Koyelia

Koyelia Khatun
Thesis:
Supervisor: Dr. Akshay Kumar Rathore
Office:      
Telephone:  
E-Mail: K_khatun@encs.concordia.ca
Start Date: SEP 2018
Expected Graduation: AUG 2020
Research Interests:
Switching converter, Electric hybrid vehicle, resonant converter, High power industrial AC drives and multi-level Inverter
Biography:
Koyelia Khatun received her B.Tech degree from Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University Of Technology, Kolkata,India in 2016. She has worked as Technical Assistant nearly for 1.5 years in India. Currently Koyelia is pursuing her MASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Concordia University, Canada under the supervision of Prof. Akshay Kumar Rathore.

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ALUMNI

Alumni-18-SEP-2018
1. Dr. Amirmasoud Takbash Electric Motor Engineer at Genesis Robotics
2. Mr. Andrew Jensson Looking for Engineering Job
3. Dr. Mohammadhosssein Ashourianjozdani R&D Engineer, Eaton Electrical Canada, Montréal, Québec, Canada
4.  Mr. Mohamed Ismail Omer Looking for Engineering Job 
5.  Mr. Mohammadhossein Afshin  Electrical Engineer Intern, GE, Canada 
6.  Mr. Avinash Sharma  Looking for Engineering Job 
7.  Mr. Deepak Chetia  Electrical Engineer Intern, MDA Corporation, Canada  
8.  Mr. Ahmed Kotb Abdalla  Electrical Engineer Intern, GE, Canada  

9. 

Dr. Suvendu Samanta Postdoctoral Fellow, North Carolina State University, NC, USA
10. 

Mr. Joseph Woods

Past Technician, Retired

11.  Dr. R. Sudharshan Kaarthik Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, India
12. 

Mr. Ashutoshkumar Choubey

Power Electronics Engineer at MDA Corporation

13. 

Ms. Samhita Dey

Technical Support, GEXEL, Montréal, Québec, Canada

14. 

Ms. Nazli Kalantari

Looking for Engineering Job

15.  Ms. Nina Naghizadeh Algorithm Design Development Engineer at General Motors, ON, Canada
16. 

Dr. Jemimah C. Akiror

Maintenance Manager, Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL), Uganda

17. 

Dr. Ayman Al-Quraan

Assistant Professor, Yarmook University, Jordan

18. 

Dr. John Wanjiku

Trainee Technical Marketing Assistant , Mentor Infolytica, A Siemens Business

19. 

Mr. Hesam Akbarian

Electrical Engineer, Continental Corporation Canada

20. 

Dr. Jonathan Maisonneuve

Assistant Professor, Oakland University, USA

21. 

Dr. Maher Al-Badri

Research Associate and Part-Time Professor, Concordia University, Canada

22. 

Dr. Abhijit Choudhury

Researcher, Experimental Power Grid Centre, Singapore

25. 

Mr. Harjot Singh Saini

ABB Inc., USA

24. 

Mr. Tasneem Rumman Huq

Controls Development Engineer at General Motors, Canada

25. 

Mr. Maninder Singh

OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES,  Canada

26. 

Dr. Lesedi Masisi

Senior Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, SA

27. 

Dr. Nathan Curry

Director of Business Development for Isolated Habitats, Terragon, Canada

28 

Dr. S. Morteza Taghavi

Researcher, NRI, Iran

29. 

Dr. Maged Ibrahim

Research Associate, Concordia University, Canada

30. 

Ms. Nazak Soleimanpour

Ph.D student at École Polytechnique de Montréal

31.  Dr. Sheldon Williamson Past Faculty, currently Associate Professor at University of Ontario, Institute of Technology
34. 

Dr. Florence Berthold

Famic Technologies, Canada

33. 

Mr. Arvind Vyas Ramanan

MDA Corporation, Canada

34. 

Mr. Ebrahim S. Dehaghani

Building Electrical and Life Safety Syatems Inspector at Troy Life and Fire Safety Ltd.

35. 

Mr. Tochukwu Louis Oranugo

Group Manager, Maintenance at Labatt Brewing Company Limited

36. 

Dr. Miguel Torres

Assistant Professor at Universidad de O'Higgins

37. 

Mr. Sean Smithson

MacDonald Dettwiler & Assoc., Canada

38. 

Mr. Kang Chang

Electrical Engineer, Mentor Graphics Canada, a Siemens Business

39. 

Dr. Nayeem Ninad

Researcher at CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

40. 

Dr. Olivare Dzune Mipoung

Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University, USA

41. 

Ms. Lekha Sejpal

ABB, Canada

42. 

Dr. Rachel Namuli

Consultant Engineer, Uganda

43. 

Dr. Natheer Alatawneh

Hardware Designer at CYSCA-SYSACOM, Canada

44. 

Dr. Arbi Gharakhani Siraki

Hyperloop One, USA

45. 

Mr. Arash Shafiei

Electrical Designer at Mobile Climate Control

46. 

Dr. Maged Barsom

Technical Support Specialist at Rockwell Automation

47. 

Mr. Mohammad Sharafat

Junior Electrical Engineer at SES Engineering

48. 

Mr. Moustafa Dalal Bachi

Sr. Electrical Advisor at Enbridge Pipelines, Canada

49. 

Mr. Abdul Adud Shikder

Private Business, Canada

50. 

Dr. Reinaldo Tonkoski

Assistant Professor, South Dakota State University, USA

51. 

Dr. Youcef Berrouche

Energy Consultant at Mondevert, Canada

52. 

Dr. Zahra Amjadi

Assistant Professor at University of South Alabama, USA

53. 

Mr. Peng Zang

Avionic Engineer, Cabin Engineer at Air Canada

54. 

Mr. Giampaolo Carli

Power Electronics Designer at EMD Technologies - Heico Corporation, Canada

55. 

Mr. Pablo Cassani

Hardware and Firmware Developper at Genetec, Canada

56. 

Mr. Xin Li

SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit (formerly Interfleet), Canada

57. 

Ms. Di Wu

Senior Engineer at Lea+Elliott, Inc., USA


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Concordia University

Mailing Address:
Power Electronics and Energy Research Group (PEER)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Concordia University
Sir George William Campus
SGW-EVS3.605
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Montréal (Québec) H3G 1M8
Email: peer@encs.concordia.ca

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Last update: by Maher Al-Badri on Wednesday, 25 JUL 2018