Amirreza Poorfakhraei

Ph.D. Student
Research Focus: Automotive Inverters
Industry Focus: Electrified Traction Systems;Automotive Electrification

Amirreza Poorfakhraei received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in electrical engineeringpower electronics from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) in 2019 and received his Ph.D. in power electronics in 2022. His main research interests include traction motor drives, multilevel inverters, DC/DC and DC/AC converters. 

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Amir received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran in 2014 and 2016, respectively. During his studies, he gained valuable experience implementing low-power, high-frequency power electronic converters. He joined McMaster University in September 2019, as a Ph.D. student, under the co-supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi and Dr. Narimani.  

His journey into green technologies started in 2015, when he was leading a team of engineers working towards an energy-saving system in elevators. The final implemented system could reduce the power consumption of the elevators by up to 80 percent. He had also worked with Iran’s Ministry of Energy for two years, in feasibility studies and optimal placement of FACTS systems. On the academic side, Amir was a part-time instructor from 2018 to 2019, in the department of electrical engineering at Abrar University, Iran.

As a Ph.D. student, he worked on multilevel inverter structures for the Electric Vehicles’ Drive System; With the recent trend in increasing battery voltages in EVs, multilevel inverters can be considered a promising replacement to the conventional two-level structures. Higher efficiency, lower output current THD, and lower EMI, are among the benefits of utilizing these structures in the EV drive system. 

After graduation, Amir joined Enedym Inc. as a principal engineer where he is designing high-efficiency, compact inverters for Switched Reluctance Motors (SRM). Apart from his career, Amir is a novice short story writer and plans to publish a collection of his short stories in the future. 

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