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

Lea Dorn-Gomba

Ph.D. Student

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Lea Dorn-Gomba received her M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Embedded Systems from the Graduate School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (ENSEM), Nancy, France, in 2014. During graduate school she completed a six-month internship at Snecma (Safran) where she worked on fault diagnosis and isolation in aircraft engines. In January 2015, she joined the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and her main research is focused on power electronic circuits, embedded control and hybrid electric vehicles.

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As a child of teaching parents, Lea was quickly aware of the importance of education and work; she enjoyed understanding how electronic devices work and solving mathematical problems. Throughout her education she became more and more motivated by a Ph.D. thesis; what she considers as an excellent challenge to combine her skills in electrical engineering with her interests in new technologies. After graduating in 2014, she joined the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) and she started her research in studying possibilities to develop the next generation of power electronic converters in hybrid electric vehicles.

During her education in France, Lea has always been driven to electrical engineering, physics and embedded systems. After graduating from high school with honors (Scientific “Baccalauréat”) in 2009, she integrated « preparatory classes », an Excellency program focusing on mathematics, physics and engineering science, where she spent two rewarding years developing strong working capacities. Then Lea was able to enter the Graduate School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering called ENSEM where she graduated in electrical engineering and embedded systems in 2014. Thanks to study projects such as the development of an isolated boost converter, the stability study of electricity grids or the fault diagnosis of rolling element bearings in electrical actuators, she extended her range of skills in reviewing power electronics converters, methods of power distribution and fault diagnosis.

During graduate school Lea also made a point of working in different companies to put the theory she learned into practice through internships. First, as a cable fitter; then as a technician studying vibrations in planetary gears; she gained work experience and discovered the several steps required to fulfill an engineering project, from the research department to the workshop. Finally, during a 6-month final-year internship in SNECMA (SAFRAN), she was in charge of fault diagnostic and isolation in aircraft engine. She developed an algorithm isolating faults, called automatic troubleshooting, in order to save time and to improve reliability of fault isolation. There, she achieved engineering tasks in System division, which motivated her to work in embedded systems.

In January 2015, Lea was very enthusiastic about the prospect of broadening her knowledge in joining the Ph.D. program in McMaster University and MacAUTO. She enjoys being involved in Dr. Emadi’s group; what she considers as an outstanding opportunity not only to research at a higher level, but also to work at the cutting edge of tomorrow’s technology. As she says: “Dedicating myself to research at MacAUTO is the path I am looking for to enforce my skills as an engineer and to grow as a person.”