I am Ali Emadi. I am the Harris Perlstein Endowed Chair and full professor of engineering and the director of the Electric Power and Power Electronics Centre at Illinois University of Technology, Chicago. I am also the founder and president of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies which is a university spin‑off company of Illinois Institute of Technology. I am the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain at McMaster University.
The goal of my research is to help create a paradigm shift in transportation. Our current transportation systems are simply not sustainable. The sustainable solution for transportation includes electrification, generating electricity from carbon‑free and renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and hydro, and use electricity in transportation. Electricity is cleaner, greener, more affordable and domestically produced.
A great research accomplishment of my research team has been the development of hardware and software for the car of the future, which is electrified. Through multidisciplinary research reaching electrical and mechanical engineering we have developed advanced electro‑mechanical hybrid powertrains and control techniques for the next generation of vehicles. Further research we need to superior hybrid power trains and components and controls for the car of the future.
McMaster University has a very strong automotive program. MACAuto, which is the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology, is one of the best such institutes in North America. I am confident with the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain and significant additional resources from the university, we will be able to develop one of the best University programs in hybrid and electric power trains.
I believe the biggest challenge at the same time the biggest opportunity of our time is in the area of energy and sustainability. Transportation is at the heart of it. Current transportation systems are not sustainable. The visionary initiative of the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain at McMaster University provides a very unique and excellent opportunity to lead the way internationally toward more environmentally friendly vehicles and more sustainable transportation systems.
I am really excited to join the great many outstanding researchers at McMaster University and help to position Canada as a global leader in hybrid and electric powertrains.