Fabricio Machado

Ph.D. Student
Research Focus: Multi-speed gearboxes for battery electric vehicles application
Industry Focus: Automotive Electrification and Electrified Traction Systems;

Fabricio Machado received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Sao Joao del-Rei – UFSJ, Brazil, in 2014. He also holds an MBA focused on project management from Getulio Vargas Foundation – FGV, Brazil, 2017. He began his master’s studies in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University, in McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC), in 2019, and switched to the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering program in 2020 in the same university. He was a Team Lead on Baja Competition during his undergrad studies at the UFSJ. He worked as a Design System Engineer and Assistant Chief Engineer with internal combustion engine design, focusing on multi-fuel technologies in a reputed automaker. He also performed a role as a Project Manager at McMaster Engineering EcoCAR Team. He has experience in EV modelling and transmission design. Currently, he performs a role as an Electrified Powertrain Researcher Engineer at MARC. Fabricio has extensive experience with mechanical design, project management, cross-functional team coordination, engine design and development, electric vehicle systems, vehicle dynamics, and EV gearboxes. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. degree, and his research area is on multi-speed gearbox applied on battery electric vehicles.

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Fabricio was born in the Southeast of Brazil. His passion for cars, engineering and technology began when he was a child. He has always been involved with automobiles throughout his life. This passion drove him to study Mechanical Engineering in his undergraduate time (2008 to 2014), followed by an MBA focused on Project Management (2015 to 2017). He is tremendously interested in future automobile technologies and how these technologies have been changing over the years. 

He was a team member of the Federal University of Sao Joao del-Rei’s Baja SAE Racing Team for four years during his undergraduate time, where he was a Powertrain Leader, a Vice-Team Leader, and a Team Leader. Being a member of the Baja SAE team was a unique experience to him that has provided the opportunity to learn how to engineer mechanical components and vehicular systems. Some techniques such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Design Failure Mode Effect Analysis (DFMEA) were deeply studied and applied to the powertrain design. Furthermore, it was at that time that he also learned vehicle longitudinal dynamics concepts. 

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree, he joined Stellantis Brazil (former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – FCA Latin America). He performed a role as a Design System Engineer, and after and a half later, he was promoted to Assistant Chief Engineer. In that last position, he coordinated a team of 10 senior and experienced engineers. He managed the design and engineering components of a multi-fuel internal combustion engine for the Brazilian market. This engine was originally a gasoline engine that was engineered to be able to consume ethanol or gasoline regardless of the fuel ratio blend. He developed multiple programs to meet customer needs and technical targets, including engine performance, energy efficiency, reliability, mechanical and engineering aspects. As a result, the engine was produced that successfully passed through all performance and quality targets tests. 

In 2019, he joined McMaster Engineering EcoCAR Team, performing a role as a Project Manager. He was responsible for managing this project throughout project metrics like scope, budget, risk, and time and quality. He successfully developed the team risk assessment and risk mitigation plan by applying an FMEA tool. 

His professional experience includes project lifecycle, coordination of cross-functional and multicultural teams, risk and crisis management and engineering technical specifications. He is also skilled in CAD software, CAE software, project management software (MS Project) and Design Verification Plan and Report (DVP&R). He is a result-oriented person with a can-do attitude, positive communication skills, and a proactive willingness to learn. 

He joined Dr. Emadi’s group in January 2019 as a Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) and switched to the Ph.D. program in April 2020. Fabricio’s research interest includes electric powertrains architecture, vehicle modelling, and powertrain energy efficiency improvement. His current research field is in multi-speed gearbox applied on electric vehicles. 

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