Hamilton, Ontario – A top U.S. auto hybrid researcher is moving to Canada, where he will be appointed to a new 15,000-square-foot hybrid vehicle research facility at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Professor Ali Emadi has been appointed Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain at the university. It is one of 19 new Canada Excellent Research Chair appointments at 13 universities, each one of which receives up to $10 million in federal funding over seven years.

“Canada has just been elevated another notch as a global leader in developing hybrid vehicle technology,” said Peter George, president and vice-chancellor of McMaster University. “The appointment reinforces McMaster’s leadership in automotive research and places us at the forefront of hybrid vehicle research in this country.”

Emadi is currently the Harris Perlstein Endowed Chair Professor of Engineering and director of the Electric Power and Power Electronics Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is also the founder and president of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies Inc., a spin-off company of the institute. His hybrid vehicle research facility will be part of a new 50,000-square-foot automotive resource centre being planned for McMaster Innovation Park. The centre will bring together private and public sector organizations to develop new technologies such as hybrid engines, batteries and lightweight materials.

Emadi’s research encompasses the development of advanced electric-drive vehicles, power electronics and motor drives, vehicle-to-grid interface of plug-in vehicles with Smart Grid, hybrid battery/super capacitor energy storage systems, and adaptive vehicle control and power management systems. He is also the co-author of Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles: Fundamentals, Theory and Design, which is considered the world’s leading introductory textbook on hybrid vehicles.

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