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

Rasul Tarvirdilu Asl

Ph.D. Student

Short Biography

Rasul Tarvirdilu Asl was born in Khoy, Iran, in 1991. He received his B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran, in 2013. Afterwards, he obtained his M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, in 2016. He did his M.Sc. thesis on design optimization of switched reluctance motors to be used in hybrid electric vehicle applications. As a research assistant at METU, he worked on numerical analysis, finite element methods and design optimization of electrical machines.

He is currently pursuing a PhD degree in electrical engineering at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He joined McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC) in September 2017. His research interests are design, modeling and optimal control of electrical machines.


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During his education, Rasul has always believed that the more he learns, the more unknown points will grow to be learnt. He has always been enthusiastically interested in mathematics and physics. He graduated with an excellent GPA from high school. Afterwards he participated in the highly competitive university entrance exam and he was ranked among the top 0.2%. Rasul was admitted into Electrical Engineering Department of Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic). Because of his outstanding performance in his B.Sc., he was awarded the opportunity of 2nd major, and he chose Communication Systems as his minor.

Rasul was accepted to Middle East Technical University (METU), which is the first-ranked university in Turkey to pursue his M.Sc. degree. Due to his excellent performance in the department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, he was offered the tuition fee waiver opportunity by the university. During his M.Sc. studies, Rasul was also rewarded two highly competitive scholarships. As a research assistant at METU, he mainly worked on three projects; one research related to “optimum pole combination to maximize torque density in switched reluctance motors for electric vehicle applications” as his M.Sc. thesis, and two other industrial projects on design modifications of a Permanent Magnet DC (PMDC) motor used for driving a radiator fan in automotive applications and multi objective design optimization of an axial eddy current brake, which can be used as a passive brake in electromechanical systems. Rasul completed his M.Sc. degree on September 2016. He was the instructor of a 4-session Maxwell (ANSYS) software training workshop held at Middle East Technical University on December 2016.

After completing M.Sc. studies, Rasul was accepted to pursue his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department of McMaster University under supervision of Prof. Ali Emadi. As a graduate research assistant at McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC), he is working on adaptive and model predictive control of switched reluctance motors. Developing novel control strategies for SR motors to improve the efficiency while reducing the torque ripple, acoustic noise and vibration are the main aims of his PhD thesis. Besides his thesis, he works on developing novel control schemes for induction motors to be used in automotive applications. Finite element method simulations, numerical analysis, design, modeling and optimal control of electrical machines are the fields he is mostly interested in.

Rasul’s studies and works on these fields have proven him that there are still many techniques and methods that he has yet to become familiar with. He believes his talents and motivation would enable him to discover the obscure corners of his major.

Beyond his academic activities, Rasul enjoys listening to music, watching movies and doing sports in his spare time. Soccer, chess, swimming and wrestling are his most favorite sports activities.