Research Program Manager
Dr. Berker Bilgin
Berker Bilgin (IEEE S’09-M’11) received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is currently working as the Senior Principle Research Engineer in the Program of the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain and McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His research is focused on electric machines, power electronics, and electric motor drives for electrified powertrain applications. Dr. Bilgin is a member of the Organizing Committee of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC). He is also serving as an associate editor for the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics and an editor for the IEEE Transportation Electrification Newsletter. In addition, he is an active reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Industrial Electronics, and Vehicular Technology and several IEEE conferences such as APEC and ITEC.
Since his days as a college student in Turkey, Berker has found electric machine theory very intriguing, due in large part to his interest in sustainability and the broad range of environmental conditions in which electric vehicles must operate. After college, he started his professional career with Mercedes-Benz and has had the good fortune of gaining experience in many facets of the automotive industry. While working for Mercedes-Benz and gaining valuable experience, Berker worked on his Masters of Science in Mechatronics and decided to pursue his goal of making a scientific contribution to the automotive industry in the United States.
In 2009, Berker started working on switched reluctance machines (SRMs) in the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and, as part of his Ph.D. work, designed and developed a novel SRM with a higher number of rotor poles. In fact, he’s made contributions to the research area by publishing many papers on SRM technology. His primary goal is to gather more experience as an expert in electric machine and powertrain design.
Now in the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program, Berker is managing many multidisciplinary projects to design hybrid powertrains, power electronic converters, and electric machines. Presently, Berker is the Chief Electrical Engineer in the CERC in Hybrid Powertrain Program, and together with the research team, he works extensively on analyzing the details of powertrain components to design higher efficiency and higher power density converters and traction motors. His future ambition is to design and implement many more industrial products that can be used in real-world vehicles.
Berker is motivated by new and exciting technology and enjoys the creative aspects of engineering. In particular, he loves automating tasks and simplifying work for other people through advanced systems and integration. More specifically, Berker likes the applied and more practical aspects of electro-magnetics as opposed to theoretical work, and he hopes that in the next five or so years to design a commercially-available, industrial machine for an automobile. After the CERC program is complete, Berker hopes to work in industry as a project manager. The possibilities are endless.