Hams Hefny is a M.Sc. candidate of mechanical engineering at McMaster University, under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi. She obtained her B.Sc. in mechanical power engineering from Helwan University, Egypt in August 2021. She joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC) in May 2022. Her research interests include automotive engineering and the thermal management aspects of electric machines. Currently, she is involved in automotive initiatives at Stellantis.
Hams grew up in Cairo, Egypt. She has had an interest in the automotive industry, since she was a very young child. She was ecstatic to learn more, so she could eventually work towards creating new sustainable technologies in the electric vehicles industry. It wasn’t until a bit later in life that she learned that engineering would give her the tools she needed to make a cleaner world. She also learned that that there is still a lot needed, regarding the development of these technologies.
While pursuing her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, Hams took as many classes as possible that would expand her knowledge in topics related to the current developments in energy and transportation. During her undergraduate journey, she learned how to apply the theoretical science she gained from her courses, in a more practical way. She achieved this through internships at large automotive companies like BMW and the Egyptian Military Factory for Armored Vehicles.
She also gained valuable industry experience after graduation, through employment as an after sales and service engineer at Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Dodge, Chrysler, and the service centre at Stellantis headquarters in Egypt. These experiences had given her a background in developing and testing products that would be used in vehicles on the road. She was able to expand her knowledge of both conventional automotive technologies, as well as electric vehicle components. Her coworkers taught her the importance of creativity in engineering, along with the understanding of vehicle systems that make strides in innovation.
Her continuous passion towards automotive and thermal management, is what prompted her to continue her study of electric cars. As a result, she applied for her master’s degree at McMaster university. She was thrilled to join the McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC) in May 2022, under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi. At McMaster, she is working on thermal management techniques for electric machines, for electrified transportation. She hopes to use her time at McMaster to continue to broaden her knowledge and increase her skills, so she can help the environment and advance sustainable technologies.