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

Peter Azer

Ph.D. Student

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Peter Azer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2013 and 2016, respectively. While completing his Master`s, he worked as a maintenance engineer and solar energy design engineer. In 2017, he was awarded by Ain Shams University, due to finishing his Master’s study in a short time–with high grades and while fulfilling the responsibilities of his full-time job. His areas of research include power electronics, motor drives, switched reluctance machines (SRM), fault-tolerant control and system modeling.


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Peter has loved machines since his childhood and has always dreamed of being a scientist; whenever someone asked him “What would you like to be in the future?” that was his first answer. Peter’s father is a mechanical engineer and he used to work with him on maintenance of electrical machines. Throughout his schooling he was always supported by his ambitious parents who pushed him to work hard and be a good student. Peter strongly believes in More Electric Technology (MET), which means converting mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems into electrical systems. He also believes that one day it will be ‘All’ Electric Technology instead of ‘More’.

During his master’s research, he first worked on space vector modulation (SVM) based hysteresis current controller (HCC) technique for AC-DC converters, followed by a fault-tolerant control strategy. Secondly, he developed a sliding mode control (SMC) for AC-DC converters, which aims to reduce switching losses, in addition to a fault tolerant control strategy for this type of control. As a result of his research and high grades, Peter was the only one of his Master’s colleagues who received an award from his university. Peter was working as a full-time engineer during his master’s study; he worked as solar energy design engineer for on grid and off grid PV systems. He was also selected by the department of Power and Electric Machines in Ain Shams University to participate in “IEEE ASU SB | POWER UP YOUR CAREER” event to give a speech about the future of photovoltaic (PV) systems in Egypt.

Now Peter is currently a Ph.D. student at the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) under supervision of Professor Emadi, and his research is mainly focused on modeling and control of switched reluctance machines (SRMs). He is mostly interested in Hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles and electric aircrafts. In June 2017, he was selected to chair a technical session about power electronics and motor drives at the 2017 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference (ITEC).

Apart from his study and research, Peter is interested in hiking, biking and soccer. He also likes reading about military history. After completion of his research, Peter wishes to work in the vehicle and aircraft industry.