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

Dr. Omid Beik

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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Omid Beik received the B.Sc. degree (Hons.) in electrical and electronics engineering from Yazd University, Yazd, Iran (2007), the M.Sc. degree (Distinction) in electrical engineering from Shahid Beheshti University, Abbaspour School of Engineering, Tehran, Iran (2009) and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (2016). Omid initially started his Ph.D. in the Power Conversion Group at the University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K. He then moved to McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with his supervisor to finish his Ph.D. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) where he is leading an industrial project. He has worked in the industry for a few years and was a Sessional Lecturer at McMaster University teaching 4th year undergraduate course ‘Power Electronics’ in Term II 2015-2016. His research is mainly focused on electric machine design, drives and power electronics for renewable energy systems, and electrified power-trains and their control schemes.

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Omid grew up in the southern part of Iran (Bandar Abbas, Persian Gulf) and after graduating from high school attended Yazd University in Yazd, Iran where his parent’s origin are. In his undergraduate he was studying electronics engineering and his interest in electrical power led him towards pursuing a M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering. During his M.Sc. studies he was working for Noorgoostar Co. Ltd. in Tehran, Iran as a part-time design engineer for electrical power distribution systems. He then moved on to work in electrical machines and power electronics industry designing converters and motors for elevators, lifts and escalators at Alborz Lift Co. in Tehran, Iran. In April 2011 he left Iran to take up a Research Assistantship position at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK where he was working on a multi- disciplinary project involving a few European universities to ‘Integrate and Automate Airport Operations’ in Zurich and Manchester airports. He later moved to the University of Manchester to start his Ph.D. at Power Conversion Group. In January 2013 his supervisor, Dr. Nigel Schofield, moved to Canada to take a professorship position at McMaster University and Omid went with him to continue his Ph.D. He received his Ph.D. from McMaster University in April 2016 and currently is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) working for the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powetrain, Dr. Ali Emadi. At MARC Omid is leading an industrial project involving power electronics and control where he is in charge of two M.Sc. students.