Haoding Li received his Bachelors of Engineering and Management degree at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 2015. Since 2013, he has been a part of the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO), working on the design and simulation of a motor drive for a switched reluctance machine as a research intern. Presently, he is enrolled in the Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) program in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, continuing his involvement with MacAUTO under the direction of Dr. Ali Emadi. His research interests lie in modelling and control of switched reluctance machines.
Haoding was born in China and moved to Canada at a young age along with his parents. Growing up with family members in various fields of engineering, it was only natural that he decided to do his Bachelor’s degree in the field. Since day one at McMaster University, he learned to love the paradigm that engineers apply to solving the world’s problems: take an unsolvable big problem, break it down into smaller manageable pieces, and then solve the little problems. By putting the pieces of the solutions together, the bigger problems can be solved. Haoding loves this paradigm for its straightforward and methodical framework, and he tries to apply it not only in the field of engineering, but also in life.
In school, Haoding enjoyed his courses in programming and analog electronics, for their application of modular thinking. In his non-technical business classes, he has had the chance to manage several small groups and term-long projects. Throughout his undergraduate studies, he also worked as a teaching assistant for a first-year engineering programming course. He enjoyed the chance to pass on knowledge of the subject to younger students, relating his own experiences from taking the course to help the younger students overcome the difficulties and challenges that they face, while encouraging them to apply the type of modular thinking that he believes in so firmly. In his third year of undergrad, Haoding started working under Dr. Emadi as a research intern, where he developed his interests in electric machines and motor drives that he presently pursues.
Haoding is also an amateur musician, having played the trombone for ten years. He tries actively to maintain music within his life. While in his undergraduate studies, Haoding has been involved in the band for the McMaster Engineering Musical, which consists of a group of students who, for each school year, take a different well-known musical or show, and transform it in its entirety to be about the experiences the students share as a part of McMaster Engineering. The show has been an enormous and irreplaceable part of his undergraduate experience, and he has been proud and honoured to have directed the band for the 2014 show.
Haoding is grateful for the chance to work with the Canada Excellence in Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain Program at the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC), where he get to work alongside some incredibly smart people from whom he has the chance to learn from. He hopes that this experience will help him one day be a great and well-renowned engineer.