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

Benjamin Danen

Research Engineer

Short Biography

Benjamin Danen received his Bachelor of Engineering and Master’s of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University in 2014 and 2016. Ben joined MacAUTO in September 2014 as a Research Assistant  for the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain Program where he currently serves as a Research Engineer. His areas of research include motor control, system modeling and simulations, as well as power electronics.

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Since he was young, Ben has been interested in how the world works; in computers, vehicles, and really anything that he couldn’t explain. Throughout his elementary and high school years he had the opportunity to learn about learn more about electronics, computers and science. He learned computer programming and basic electrical theory allowing him to continue tinkering and create small programs, games and even autonomous Lego vehicles. In his later high school years he became interested in Math, Chemistry and Physics, but he didn’t want to settle for just learning theory, he wanted to apply it. Naturally, he chose to pursue engineering so he attended McMaster University where he studied Electrical Engineering.

While at University, Ben was exposed to many different people and ideas and became aware of the power of some of these ideas. He learned advanced Math’s, Electrical theory, and Electromagnetics and how they can be applied to the real world. During his time at school, he also became troubled by the world’s reliance on Fossil Fuels and began to focus on technologies to mitigate or remove this reliance. This prompted his interest in Power Engineering, and eventually, Hybrid/Electric Vehicles. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he decided to pursue these topics further and expand his knowledge through a graduate degree.

In his first year of his graduate studies, Ben studied Electric Motor theory and design, Power Electronics as well as Heat Transfer theory. During this time, he also started working with the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrains in the power electronics group. Here he learned about power electronic design and studied EMI analysis and mitigation.  Later in his degree he shifted to topics including Advanced Control and Optimization. This was mirrored in his work with CERC where he began working with control of power electronics and motors.

Now that Ben has finished his M. Eng. degree, he is continuing his work with the CERC of Hybrid Powertrains where he works with Induction Motor control and experimentation. Here he hopes to gain experience with hybrid vehicles and help move the discipline forward to better performing and more efficient technologies.