Principal Research Engineer
Dr. Shamsuddeen Nalakath
Shamsuddeen Nalakath received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Institution of Engineers, India, AMIE, in 2007. He graduated his MS Degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, India in 2010. From 2010 to 2014, he worked as a Senior Research Engineer in TVS Motor Company, India. At TVS, his main responsibility was to design and develop electric traction machines for electric and hybrid vehicles. From 2014, he has been with Dr. Ali Emadi’s research team at the McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC), where he is pursuing his PhD. His research interests include design of high torque density and high efficiency electric machines, modelling and characterization of losses in electric machines, online loss estimation, and optimal loss control.
Shams believes, “everything about life is nothing but following one’s passion”. His passion in engineering started from his childhood. He remembers how much he enjoyed when he tried to repair household electric appliances. He smiles when he says, “some were success and some went to junk yard”.
His passion in electric machines started when he was doing Diploma in Engineering from Polytechnique College, Kannur, India. He was a part of a student’s project team, who designed and demonstrated soft starting of an induction motor. After completing his diploma in 2003, he started Bachelor program in Electrical engineering from Institution of Engineers India and graduated in 2007.
He was awarded by Ministry of Human Resource Department, India, scholarship for higher studies in 2007 and joined in Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India for Master program. He took specializations in power electronics, electric machines and drives. His Master dissertation was on design of Annular Linear Induction Pump. He remembers how much he enjoyed by winding the coils and machining the parts for building the prototype.
From 2010 to 2014, Shams worked in TVS Motor Company Ltd, one of the leading two wheeled and three wheeled passenger vehicle manufacturers in India. He was responsible for design and development of traction machines for hybrid and electric vehicles, and other auxiliary electric machines for IC engine based vehicles. He successfully completed 14 machine design projects at TVS and also secured 8 patents.
At working at TVS, he exposed to complete development cycle of electric machines: system requirement specification, preliminary design, detailed FE analysis, preliminary mechanical design, thermal design, prototyping and testing. One of his main contributions while working at TVS is development of Integrated Starter Generator for a hybrid scooter with Ferrite magnets without any increase in its overall size compared to its NdFeB counterpart. This design led to reduce the part cost by 90%.
Shams joined with Dr. Ali Emadi’s research team at the McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC) on 2014 to pursue PhD. His main area of research is in high performance electric machines for traction applications, online loss estimation techniques and optimal loss control. He believes that even a small percentage of improvement in efficiency for a traction machine can results in substantial savings in energy for a long run. An optimally designed machine for the rated condition is not sufficient to ensure the overall energy efficiency. An optimal loss control for the entire operating regime is necessary. In the future, Shams hopes to pursue a career in electric vehicles industry.