Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Jing Guo
Growing up in Beijing, China, Jing constantly experienced the effects of the large power plant near her city and the increasing number of cars and air pollution that was becoming a great problem in her hometown. These conflicts led Jing to start thinking about how to reduce air pollution. In time she decided that she was meant to be an electrical engineer. Since her undergraduate studies, Jing has been working on power electronics. The first project she participated in was during the last year of undergraduate studies. The project focused on developing an energy-harvesting system for a bicycle. To harvest the energy, a generator was installed on the bicycle, and it was Jing that implemented the control strategy and designed the gate driver and controller for the inverter in this system.
Jing graduated from her undergraduate program and started her graduate studies at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL, USA. During her studies, Jing looked at energy harvesting systems and completed research on wind-power generation systems. Meanwhile, she met Dr. Emadi and took his classes on power electronics and motor drives, which furthered her understanding of power electronics. When she became acquainted with him and his research team, Jing decided to do her Ph.D. research in his group. She is now honored to be a member of the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) team.
Presently, Jing is working on inverter design and power-switch modeling. Power switch selection and estimation of power losses on switches play an important role in inverter design. To estimate the power losses and provide accurate data for inverter design, modeling simulations and hand calculations are derived and combined. From there, the theoretical calculation results will be proved by hardware implementation. It is through this type of research that Jing hopes to contribute to the hybrid electric vehicle industry and help her hometown (perhaps even the whole world) improve their air quality.
In her free time Jing enjoys, and is quite good at, sports. She had even joined the national cricket team and became the only national team player in her university when she was a sophomore. However, she had decided to end her professional sports career and go to Chicago to further her education in electrical engineering. “I prefer being an electrical engineer to a cricket player,” she explains. Referring to her two years in Chicago, Jing states, “I like the city, the variety of food options, the weather, and the museum tours.” Jing mentions that she has been enjoying the work she is privileged to be a part of within the MacAUTO team. “I have even more chances to participate in industrial projects and communicate with engineers here, and this practical experience is extremely helpful.”