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

Ehab Sayed

Ph.D. Student

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Ehab Sayed received his Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering at Shoubra, Benha University, Egypt in 2010. After finishing his military service, he started his graduate studies in September 2012 in the division of Electrical Machines and Electrical drive systems at the same faculty where he received his Master of Science degree in January 2016. He worked as a teaching and research assistant there from 2012 to 2016. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at McMaster University. He joined McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC), Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in September 2016 where his main research interest is design of permanent magnet motors for electric and hybrid vehicles.

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After being admitted at the Faculty of Petroleum and Mining Engineering at Suez University, Suez, Egypt which is the most reputable faculty in Egypt, Ehab decided to convert his way, followed his passion and applied to the Electrical Engineering program at Shoubra Faculty of Engineering, Benha University, Egypt. He got this passion for Electrical Engineering, especially electric motors, from a young age when he used with his brother toy motors to move wooden vehicles and make washing machines.

In addition to the deep theoretical knowledge he gained through his undergraduate study, he intended to get more practical experience in the graduation project instead of just using simulation tools. As part of a team, he made a model for a belt conveyor and managed to implement a drive circuit which controlled the conveyor speed and kept this speed constant for different loads without exceeding certain load limit. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with honors and was ranked first among all students across all academic disciplines. His grades were the highest scored grade in the department of Electrical Engineering since it had been established.
After graduation and completing military service, he continued his work as a teaching and research assistant at the same faculty. He used to assist in teaching courses related to the areas of electrical machines, power electronics, DC drives and AC drives. He was also an assistant in the electrical machines and power electronics laboratories for the undergraduate and graduate studies and an instructor at the Industrial Controls Laboratory at the faculty.

Ehab pursued his passion for electric motors and applied for M. Sc. degree in the division of Electrical Machines and Electrical Drive Systems at the department. He received his Master of science degree in January 2016 with a thesis described as a “documentary thesis” by the examiners committee because of the vast variety of induction motor control methods that were investigated and simulate.

His undergraduate and graduate studies helped him acquire good understanding in the areas of electrical machines, power electronics, electrical drive systems and renewable energy. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at McMaster University. He joined McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC), Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in September 2016 where his main research interest is design of permanent magnet motors for electric and hybrid vehicles. He hopes he can combine his understanding in this area with the new acquired knowledge and skills to develop new motor designs that contributes, even slightly, in increasing the market size of clean vehicles. Electric and hybrid vehicles reduce transportation-related air pollution and he believes this is the right time to combine our efforts to make our planet cleaner and less polluted.

Apart from his research, he enjoys playing soccer, jogging, working out, reading and watching documentary movies. In addition to the health benefits he gains, this makes him more focused and ready to research with higher efficiency. Other than that, he believes that he would not be where he is and who he his today without Allah’s help and the encouragement and support provided by his lovely wife and beloved family. He hopes he can make them proud.