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

Viktor Dimitrov

Master’s Student

Short Biography

Viktor Dimitrov received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 from the University of Technology in Graz, Austria. After that he decided to pursue also a Master’s degree at the same university. His visit at the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) started in November 2017 as part of his master thesis with focus on vehicle dynamics. He sees this as a great opportunity to gain new experience regarding his technical skills but also in terms of getting to know the Canadian approach of solving problems.


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From an early age Viktor showed interest in both math and natural sciences. In high school this interest continued to grow and for this reason it was an easy decision for him to pursue a career in engineering and following his father’s path who is also an engineer in Austria.

After graduating from high school he attended the University of Technology in Graz to start his program in Mechanical Engineering. During diverse classes in the Bachelor’s program, his attention was drawn to the automatization as well digitalisation as they will play a major part in future technology. In combination with his passion for cars, Viktor decided to deepen his knowledge in those areas. For this reason after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in 2016 he decided to continue with a Master’s program in the field of Automotive Engineering and Mechatronics. Besides his study he was also able to gain work experience as a student employee at the University of Technology in Graz. Viktor had the opportunity to work on different projects including the automatization of charging stations for electric vehicles. In 2017 he took the opportunity to come to Canada and do his master thesis at the McMaster University. After being mainly involved in component design up to that point, he decided to explore a new area in automotive engineering. So his current research at MARC is focusing on vehicle dynamics. After completing his master thesis, Viktor is expecting to graduate in fall 2018.

Afterwards he is looking forward to make use of the skills which he was able to acquire in the last years.
In times of environmental awareness there are many challenges but also opportunities lying ahead for the automotive industry and Viktor is eager to contribute to overcoming those challenges.

Apart from his research, Viktor enjoys playing soccer, hiking, reading and traveling. In addition to exploring new cities and countries while traveling, he always tries to learn something from different cultures as people abroad often see the world in another way. However above all, the most important thing in Viktor’s life is his family which he loves spending time with.