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

Parsa Beheshti

Undergraduate Student

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Parsa Beheshti is an undergraduate student at McMaster University, currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Parsa joined the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain Program after his first year of studies. He is extremely passionate about the automotive world and innovation in sustainable technologies. His research focuses on optimization of electrified powertrains for automotive applications.


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From a young age, Parsa tinkered with computers and mechanical toys. He was taught basic circuitry and soldering at a very young age by his father, who sparked his passion for electrical systems and programming. Growing up, he favoured mathematics and science courses, inspiring him to explore ideas about the inner workings of various machines, especially automobiles. He became passionate about design during high school where he learned about technical applications of design. In combination with his love for math and physics, he chose to pursue an undergraduate degree in Engineering at McMaster University.

Throughout first year, Parsa was exposed to an assortment of themes through his studies. As a result, he concluded pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering is the best way to help him achieve his goals. Upon taking an introductory course in sustainability, he learned that his academic interests can be used towards innovating sustainable technologies used in automotive applications.

Seeking an opportunity to apply and immerse himself in his academic interests, he joined the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain Program, where he has worked on a project with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in the field of electrified powertrains. As part of this project, Parsa has had the opportunity to help develop various MATLAB tools. These tools were designed to optimize effectiveness of vehicle models, which are used to predict characteristics and performance of the production model.

In his spare time, Parsa enjoys challenging and developing himself through various extracurriculars such as McMaster Baja Racing and McMaster Engineering Society. He strives to give back to his community as an Engineering Welcome Week Representative, as well as volunteering with the Engineering Outreach office where he gives tours to prospective students.