Gayan Watthewaduge

Ph.D. Student
Research Focus: Electromagnetic design, analysis, and modelling of electric machines
Industry Focus: Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft; Electric Power Systems; Electric Mobility;Aerospace Electrification

Gayan Watthewaduge received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 2016. He then joined SL Mobility Pvt Ltd. in the same year, as a research and development (R&D) engineer. His main task was implementing electric propulsion systems for three-wheeled vehicles, which is a popular transportation method in Sri Lanka. In 2017, he joined the University of Manitoba as an M.Sc. student, and graduated in 2019. After that, he joined Dr. Ali Emadi’s research group as a Ph.D. student. His research interests include design, analysis, modelling of switched reluctance and permanent magnet machines, and developing power distribution system architectures, for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. 

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Gayan Watthewaduge has been interested in solving physics and mathematics problems, since his childhood. He developed a special interest in electricity when he was in high school. That passion led him to study electrical engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, which is one of the best technical universities in Sri Lanka. During his undergraduate studies, Gayan developed a passion for electric motors, which is one of the core components in most electric appliances, from household to industry.  

Gayan obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2016 and started working as a research and development engineer at SL Mobility Pvt Ltd. He was responsible for developing an electric propulsion system, for lightweight electric vehicles. During this time, he gained experience with assembling Li-ion battery packs, mounting electric motors to the vehicle chassis, and wiring the electrical system of electric vehicles. In 2017, Gayan started his M.Sc. at the University of Manitoba, under the supervision of Dr. Shaahin Filizadeh. He received hands-on experience in both implementing field-oriented control for Interior Permanent Magnet Motors (IPMs) and controlling IPMs in open winding configuration.  

After obtaining his master’s, Gayan joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC) as a Ph.D. student, under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi. His main research area is the electromagnetic design and modelling of Switched Reluctance Motors (SRMs) for automotive/aerospace applications. In addition to that, Gayan is working on industry-sponsored projects at MARC. His work includes the electromagnetic design of axial-flux permanent magnet motors for automotive/aerospace propulsion systems, and the development of power distribution system architectures for Electric Vertical Takeoff Landing (eVTOL) aircraft. 

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