Category Archives: News

Dr. Mahshid Amirabadi Defended her Ph.D. Dissertation

Mahshid successfully defended her dissertation on June 14. Her dissertation is about a family of high frequency ac-link universal power converters. She has developed new topologies within this family of power converters and evaluated the applications of these topologies in wind, photovoltaic and energy storage systems.  She is joining the University of Illinois at Chicago as a tenure track Assistant Professor from fall 2013. EMPE lab congratulates Dr. Mahshid Amirabadi for her successful defense and wishes her best of luck with her professional career.

image016 image018

Mahshid Honored with the Outstanding Dissertation Award

The Outstanding Dissertation Award of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University was given to Mahshid Amirabadi for the academic year of 2011-2012.

The Outstanding Dissertation Award was recently established to recognize the contributions of a Ph.D. student who has excelled in research conducted as part of their Ph.D. dissertation. Graduate students who expect to graduate by Summer 2013 were eligible for this award and nominations were accepted from the thesis advisors of graduate students. The award recipient was chosen by the departmental awards committee.

Amirabadi’s thesis advisor is Dr. Hamid Toliyat. Her dissertation focuses on a new class of power converters called “ac-link universal power converters,” in which the inputs and outputs can be dc, ac, single phase or multi-phase. Therefore, they can be employed in a wide variety of applications including Photovoltaics and wind power generation.


Yateendra wins Best Presentation Award at IEEE IECON 2012 conference

Yateendra Deshpande, graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a member of EMPE lab won a Best Presentation Award in the PM Machine Drives Track at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) IECON 2012 conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Deshpande, along with his adviser Prof. Hamid Toliyat and Xiaoyan Wang from Texas Instruments, won the award for their paper, “Standstill Position Estimation of SPMSM — Robustness to Manufacturing Tolerances.” In their paper the researchers present a calibration method to overcome phase unbalance and eccentricity effects in zero-speed position estimation of surface-mount permanent magnet synchronous motors

Dr. Toliyat named Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE VTS

Dr. Hamid Toliyat, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been selected an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) Distinguished Lecturer.

The Distinguished Lecturer Program provides a means for IEEE Chapters and other organizations to identify and arrange lectures by the world’s renowned authorities on IEEE VTS topics. To be elected to the Distinguished Lecturer Program, the nominated candidates must demonstrate excellence in a field of specialty of interest to IEEE VTS. more