Jiaqi Yuan received her B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University, China, in 2016 and 2019, respectively. During her master’s, she worked on hardware in loop real-time simulation and modelling for high–switching frequency power converters. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in electrical & computer engineering under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi at McMaster University, Canada. Her research interests are the control and design of power electronics and onboard chargers of electric vehicles.
Jiaqi has been interested in engineering, since she was a young child. Her exceptional background in math and physics, which she developed in high school, ensured her acceptance into the electrical engineering department of Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU). During her undergraduate studies (2012-2016), she was drawn to the power electronics course. She discovered that this research area greatly influenced automotives, power grids, and even smart cities! Her passion for the program, This passion led to her ranking second in the entrance examination, as a master’s student in the electrical engineering department.
From 2016 to 2019, Jiaqi worked on hardware in the loop real-time simulation and modelling of power electronics converter. She also published two journal papers and two conference papers, as a master’s student. Since she excelled in her studies, she earned the opportunity to visit the Energy Systems Innovation Center, Washington State University, United States, in 2017. As a visiting student, Jiaqi attended the Winter Academic Program of Oxford and Cambridge University, United Kingdom, in 2019. While working with such excellent students, she built an insatiable thirst for the technological world. Taking advantage of her summer vacation, she joined HiRain Technologies as a hardware test engineer, for two months. She confidently decided to continue her studies, so she could contribute to the automotive industry.
In September 2019, Jiaqi started her Ph.D. at McMaster University. She is currently working at the McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC) under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi. She specializes in designing, controlling, and modelling AC/DC and DC/DC converters, for more electric aircraft and electric vehicle applications.