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

Brynn Vadala

Master’s Student

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RRSF0223Brynn Vadala received her B.Eng. in Mathematics and Engineering – Applied Mechanics option from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario in May 2015. Presently, Brynn is undertaking her M. A. Sc in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi. She joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre in September 2015 where her main research interest is electrified power trains and their application to electric and hybrid vehicles.

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Brynn began her pursuit of engineering in 2011 at Queen’s University and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in May 2015. After a general first year, Brynn decided to join the Mathematics and Engineering program where she could combine her strong passion for mathematics with the application of mechanical engineering. In September 2015, Brynn began her masters in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi.

Brynn has always had a deep concern for people and the environment. At a young age she made it a priority to be involved in humanitarian efforts within her school, community and later embarked on a mission trip to assist at an Orphanage in Guatemala. In University this passion grew and she helped found a Chapter of MEDLIFE at Queen’s University. As an executive member and subsequently President she was responsible for fundraising, organizing and leading 30 students in a trip to Peru to assist mobile medical units in providing care to the underprivileged.

Both Brynn’s passion for the environment and her desire to have a positive impact on ensuring a sustainable future were the driving forces for her academic choices. Throughout her degree, Brynn had internships in several different areas of the engineering industry. As a summer student, Brynn worked at Magna International where she implemented several preventative maintenance and process improvement initiatives. Brynn also received an NSERC grant that allowed her to perform independent research on the area of data compression via error correcting codes. In addition, she has worked at Shell Canada and has held teaching assistantships in engineering design and linear algebra courses. Brynn’s experiences in the automotive and energy sectors lead her to the area of hybrid vehicle technology.

Beyond her academics and engineering related work, Brynn likes to be active and social. She enjoys adventure and the outdoors. She also has a strong love for music, yoga, hiking, running and hockey. Additionally, she is passionate about travelling and experiencing as many cultures as she can.