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

Maryam Alizadeh

Master’s Student

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Maryam Alizadeh has received her B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering with honors from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran in July 2016. She joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Center In September 2016, and is currently pursuing her M.A.Sc degree at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi. Her research interests are in the areas of control, finite element analysis, energy management for electric and hybrid vehicles application.

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As a child, Maryam entertained herself by making new things with her toys. When she was about 6 years old, she made a small triangular car with a shoe box, which was different from the regular cars that she saw every day. When people asked her how it works, she answered “I want to go to school to figure it out”. At the age of 9, she got familiar with fuel consumption and CO2, and when her teacher told her that CO2 sends out of the engines and can destroy the Ozone layer, she thought that her triangular car should spread out water instead of CO2 to help the earth. But, she has a concern: the water covers all the roads. When she figured out that cars’ engines become hot, she said that water can lower the temperature of the engine by circulating around it and evaporating. In her childhood, she always thought about her triangular car that can become the most environmentally friendly car in the world. Although these ideas had lots of flaws, but they also grown up with her and shaped her real interest, up to the point that when she wanted to make her first key decision, which was choosing her high school major between mathematics and biology, she found invention more challenging, so she chose mathematics.

At the age of 14, she was accepted to NODET (National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents) high school where she found engineering as a comprehensive, developing, challenging and interesting field. At the age of 18, she got a great rank in the nationwide university entrance exam which helped her to accept in Amirkabir University of Technology. Acceptance in such a prestigious university gave her confidence and made her assured that she can achieve whatever she want with hard work and perseverance. During 4 years of her academic life at university, participating in several workshops, lectures, internships and taking various courses gave her a solid background in the areas of CAD modeling and designing, controlling systems, finite element analysis and applying them for vehicles and haptics systems. In July 2016, she received her B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering and was accepted to pursue her Master’s program at McMaster University for MacAUTO research group under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi.

Beyond her academic works, Maryam enjoys travelling and getting familiar with different cultures. She volunteers in a non-profit organization that provides young people with leadership development and cross-cultural global internship. She also loves sports and music and in her spare time, she plays guitar and does hiking, biking, dancing, playing basketball and chess.