Dr. Peter Azer

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Research Focus: AC Motor Drives, Multi-level inverters, Fault-tolerant Control, Switched Reluctance Machines (SRMs), and Power Converters Modeling
Industry Focus: Grid Tied Power Electronics, Electrified Traction Systems, Automotive Electrification, and Aerospace Electrification

Peter Azer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2013 and 2016, respectively. While completing his Master`s, he worked as a maintenance engineer and solar energy design engineer. In 2017, he was awarded by Ain Shams University, due to finishing his Master’s study in a short time–with high grades and while fulfilling the responsibilities of his full-time job. His areas of research include power electronics, motor drives, switched reluctance machines (SRM), fault-tolerant control and system modeling.

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Peter was born in Cairo, Egypt. He has showed a great interest in electrical machines since his childhood. Peter’s father is a mechanical engineer and he used to work with him on maintenance of machines. Throughout his schooling he was always supported by his ambitious parents who pushed him to work hard and be a good student. Peter strongly believes in More Electric Technology (MET), which means converting mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems into electrical systems. He also believes that one day it will be ‘All’ Electric Technology instead of ‘More’.

Peter did his M.S. degree in Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. During his M.S. study, he first worked on space vector modulation (SVM) based hysteresis current controller (HCC) technique for AC-DC converters, followed by a fault-tolerant control strategy. Secondly, he developed a sliding mode control (SMC) for AC-DC converters, which aims to reduce switching losses, in addition to a fault tolerant control strategy for this type of control. As a result of his research and high grades, Peter was the only one among his M.S. colleagues who received an award from the university. Peter was working as a full-time engineer during his master’s study; he worked as solar energy design engineer for on grid and off grid PV systems.

Peter Joined Dr. Emadi’s group in Jan. 2017 as a Ph.D. student and he worked in multiple projects during his Ph.D. study. He worked on mutually coupled switched reluctance machines (MCSRMs), where he considered the MCSRM as an AC motor to be controlled by sinusoidal current control and the voltage source inverter. Peter also worked on introducing novel fault-tolerant techniques for multi-level inverters. Finally, Peter worked on control and modeling of interleaved DC-DC converters.

Peter is currently a post-doctoral research fellow within Dr. Emadi’s group and he is working on designing and control of AC inverters. Apart from his study and research, Peter is interested in hiking, biking and soccer. He also likes reading about military history. After completion of his research, Peter wishes to work in the vehicle and aircraft industry.


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