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

Jonathan Wong

Undergraduate Student

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Jonathan Wong is currently pursuing a B.Tech degree in Automotive and Vehicle Technology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. In 2018, he joined the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program and McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi. His research is based in Power Electronics Design and Development where he analyzed the thermal distribution of next-generation IGBTs within power inverters that are used in conjunction with interior permanent magnet (IPM) and surface-mounted permanent magnet (SPM) motors.

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Jonathan Wong has always been deeply passionate about science and engineering. When he was young, he would frequently visit the local libraries to find new books on anything about the physical world: space, planets, animals, oceans, dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, and more. He would even pick up books on unsolved mysteries just to ponder about during the day.

His curiosity has led to building the foundation for his path in STEM. Since high school, he chose all the technical electives they would allow, ranging from Mechanical Design to Computer programming. Through hard work and dedication, he managed to graduate on the honour roll and into the Bachelor of Technology program at McMaster University – where he will begin his studies in Automotive and Vehicle Technology.

During his time at McMaster, he had participated in several competitions to further his knowledge and connect with like-minded people. Events such as the McMaster Engineering Competition (MEC), Sumobots 2017, and Designathon 2018 each had their own experiences to offer. Feeling like taking on a bigger challenge, he decided to join an extracurricular team. Searching through the thousands of clubs and teams that the University offered proved to be tough; however, he came upon the McMaster EcoCAR3 Team. There he applied for a spot on the mechanical sub-team where he was accepted amongst one of very select few members. Tasked with designing engine components through Finite Element Analysis (FEA), it brought him joy to see his parts fulfilled from start to finish. He learned many skills from being a part of this prestigious team and is proud to be a member of a nationally-recognized team in North America.

A major stepping-stone was securing his first co-op term working at the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi. As part of the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program and McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO), his research is based in Power Electronics Design and Development where he analyzed the thermal distribution of next-generation IGBTs. As the youngest member of the establishment, he has thoroughly enjoyed his experience working alongside extremely talented peers and mentors who all strive to improve the world through clean energy and technological improvement.

In his free time, Jonathan enjoys staying active through sports such as baseball, soccer, football, and dragon boat although he practices basketball and badminton most frequently. He loves to be outdoors in the wilderness and appreciates nature for its secluded beauty. When he gets the chance, he will be on the water in a canoe, kayak, or boat either paddling or fishing. He loves to explore new places and travel to different countries to experience the culture and atmosphere. Going fast whether on a rollercoaster, car, or plane is always exhilarating. His next plans are to be in the cockpit of a jet and then strapped in a rocket.

He hopes to make a mark on the world as an aspiring engineer – to create a legacy for the future.