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

Dr. Sandra M. Castano

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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Sandra-Castano_1_200x250Sandra M. Castano received the B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from Technological University, Pereira, Colombia in 1997, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics, Electrical and Automation Engineering from Rovira I Virgili, Tarragona, Spain in 2005 and 2010, respectively. She has worked in electrical transformers industry and electrical interconnection company in Colombia. From 2003 until 2010, she worked on design, characterization, modeling, simulation and control techniques of electrical machines for automotive applications, principally SRM and BLDC motors. From 2010 until 2012, she was a Professor/Researcher at Antonio Narino University, Bogota, Colombia. Since 2012, she has been working on acoustic noise estimation in electrical machines. Her research interests continue to be in SRM drives for EV and HEV applications.

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Sandra-Castano_3_250x450Sandra began her studies in Electrical Engineering at the Technological University in Pereira, Colombia. She also worked as an engineer in an electrical transformers factory in Pereira. This first job allowed her to learn about the three-phase and single-phase design of distribution transformers, applied regulation, and quality control.

In 2001, Sandra worked for a South American electrical power company, where she was focused on the coordination of electrical protections in Colombia and the electrical interconnection of the Hydroelectric Machu Picchu Plant in Cusco, PerĂº. She gained practical experience working with flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS) and modeling them using PSCAD and Neplan.

In 2003, Sandra was accepted to complete her Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering at Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona, Spain. It was there that she started working on switched reluctance machines (SRMs). She completed her doctoral thesis on SRM drives for vehicular air conditioning systems. During her Ph.D. studies, Sandra also worked on several projects supported by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science: detection and diagnosis of faults for the predictive maintenance of mechatronic systems; applications in auxiliary motors in automobiles; and development of technologies for net zero elevation systems including modeling and simulation of electrical motor drives for elevators.

In 2010, Sandra worked as a Researcher/Professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Automation Engineering Faculty at Antonio Narino University in Bogota, Colombia. She taught electric machines, dynamic systems, theory of control, and electric circuits. In particular, her research was focused on automotive applications (machine designs included) and, in fact, many students were attracted to this area for their projects.

In 2011-2012, Sandra was the Research Project Director for the group REM-Research on Energy and Materials, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Antonio Narino University in Bogota, Colombia. She collaborated with Rovira i Virgili University and led a project investigating and improving acoustic noise and vibration of switched reluctance motor drives in an automotive application.

Sandra is very proud to work as a post-doctoral research associate in the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program. She is an open-minded person, focused on completing her tasks and achieving her goals. She enjoys collaborating with her colleagues and learning from their ideas and opinions. In her free time, Sandra enjoys running and free-spirited travelling, without an itinerary.