Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program: Electric, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research

Alan Callegaro

Ph.D. Student

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Allan Callegaro received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 2011 and M.Sc. in Power Electronics in 2013, from Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. In 2007 he joined Power Electronics Institute (INEP), where he started working with DSP programing and digital control applied to power converters. During his master’s at INEP, he worked with a three-phase ac-dc power converter titled as “Three-phase single-stage rectifier based on Zeta converter operating in discontinuous conduction mode”. In 2014, Alan worked as a researcher at INEP with Maximum Power Point Tracking applied to photovoltaic panels. He recently joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) where his research interests include high-power motor-drive for Switched Reluctance Motor for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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Alan was born in Ijuí, located in northwestern Rio Grande do Sul state, south Brazil. His passion on electricity began during his childhood and during his high-school he joined an Electro-technical vocational institute to make sure about his choice.

Since Alan started his studies to become an electrical engineer in 2006 at Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), he was aware that his academic education would not be satisfactory without practical and in depth research work. That is why he joined the Power Electronics Institute (INEP) in his first year as an undergrad student, first as a volunteer and later on received a scientific initiation scholarship. That decision guided Alan’s academic life through pursuing his Master’s degree and working in the research and development field until the present day.

During his undergraduate, Alan was enrolled in several projects related to power electronics where he started to learn about C language programming and PCB layout software. Also, he experienced working with digital control applied to basic power converters, using DSCs and DSPs. Additionally, Alan developed a system to characterize losses in power semiconductors. It was an opportunity for Alan to realize the importance of semiconductors commutation losses estimation and heat dissipation, and also apply all his previous knowledge in digital control and DSC programing. That project received an award from the University at the annual week of teaching, research and extension conference.

In 2013 Alan proudly received his M.Sc. degree from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil, which was the result of one intense year of power electronics courses instructed by experienced professors, and totally dedicated to the master’s project and dissertation in his second year. His dissertation focused on a three-phase, single-stage and isolated PFC rectifier based on Zeta converter operating in discontinuous conduction mode. The goal of the project was to design battery chargers and power supplies for telecommunication systems. After the theoretical analysis, he carried out the design and the implementation of the entire prototype, which is an activity that Alan really enjoys. In 2014 he worked at INEP in a project related to the evaluation of different maximum power point tracking methods applied to photovoltaic energy generation.

He joined Dr. Emadi’s group in January 2014 as a PhD student, within the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program, where he initiated his research on power electronics applied to hybrid and electric vehicles powertrain. Presently, Alan’s research interests include high-power motor drive for Switched Reluctance Motor designed for hybrid and electric vehicles.