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

Yu Miao

Ph.D. Student

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Yu-Miao_1_200x250Yu Miao received her B.S. degree (with honors) in electrical engineering and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University, Shenyang, China, in 2005 and 2008, respectively. While working as an electronic and software engineer at SIASUN Robot and Automation Co. Ltd. in Shenyang from 2008 to 2013, she was involved in several projects. She designed the control system and many components for the automated guided vehicles. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in electrical engineering at McMaster University. Her current research areas include modeling and control of electric machines and power electronic circuits.

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Yu-Miao_3_250x450As a child, Yu was crazy about science fiction novels and movies. In fact, she looked up to various scientists as her idols. Because of this great interest in science, it was only natural for her to choose automation as her major for her bachelor’s degree. She greatly enjoyed her program and acquired a great deal of knowledge during this time, as it was such a great fit for her. Not only that, but with such superior academic performance, she was awarded a scholarship to pursue her master’s degree in electrical engineering. For her master’s, Yu researched embedded systems and designed the control system for an automatic X-ray angle sorter and driving system for an EC-400 CNC cutter, using a Cygnal microchip.

Upon graduating from Northeastern University, Yu joined SIASUN Robot & Automation Co., Ltd., whose products are used in America, Canada, Russia, Korea, and India by car factories like GM and Ford. She worked there as an electronic and software engineer for five years, participating in the development and after-sales service of varioius items including a keyboard with PS/2 interface, electrical systems for the vehicles, manual pendant, wireless emergency stop indicators, brush DC motor servos, and battery meters. During this period, she was able to enhance her understanding of the vehicle industry and even cultivate her spirit of cooperation.

Her current research is mainly focused on the control of motors without speed and temperature sensors. The installation of the sensors leads to not only a higher cost and loss of simplification for the AC speed regulating system, but also the difficulty of motor installation and maintenance. Meanwhile, the mechanical deviation affects the detection precision and control performance. Additionally, the speed sensor doesn’t fit well in wet or dusty environments. Yu’s job is to use the information that can be measured, like voltage and current, in order to determine the rotor position and temperature of the motor.

In her free time, Yu enjoys travelling, playing Ping-Pong, reading books, and swimming. Yu has also been known to play a great game of World of Warcraft, stating that she loves playing with a group of people and working together to achieve a common goal. She has been lucky enough to travel to many different places in China while she worked for the onsite installation and technical support company, as an engineer. Through her work and school experiences, Yu has grown to love working with other individuals, which is likely why she has so enjoyed her time with the research team at McMaster University. Concerned with the availability of clean energy, Yu is pleased to work within the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program because she hopes to one day improve upon the pollution issue that the world, and especially her mother country China, has had to deal with. As a Ph.D. student, Yu’s future goal is to obtain her doctoral degree and then find a good position in industry or teach at a university.