Maryam Alizadeh

Ph.D. Student
Research Focus: Machine Learning Algorithm Design for Energy Management of EVs
Industry Focus: Electric Mobility; Automotive Electrification; Control Systems

Maryam Alizadeh graduated with honours in mechanical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran in July 2016. In September 2016, she joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC) to pursue her master’s at McMaster University, under the guidance of Dr. Ali Emadi. During her studies, she completed a software development internship for thermal design automation, at Infineon Technologies in Villach, Austria. After completing her master’s, she started working as a research engineer on various projects sponsored by EATON e-mobility and aerospace, at MARC. She later worked as Application Engineer at GaN systems for a few months before beginning her Ph.D. journey in September 2020. Her focus is on applied machine learning algorithms in control systems, and energy management systems for electrified vehicles. She aims to contribute to the development of smarter transportation and more efficient EVs.

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From a young age, Maryam demonstrated her creative and inventive nature by creating new things, out of seemingly random objects. At age 6, she designed a unique triangular car using a shoebox, which sparked her curiosity about how it could work. At age 9, she became aware of fuel consumption and its negative impact on the environment. She believed that her triangular car should emit water instead of CO2, to help preserve the ozone layer. However, she was concerned about the amount of water that would cover the roads.To overcome this, she proposed that the water could circulate around the engine to lower its temperature and evaporate. Although her ideas had some flaws, they ignited her interest in creating environmentally-friendly vehicles. As she grew older, her passion for invention and innovation only grew, leading her to choose mathematics as her high school major.

Maryam was accepted into NODET (National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents) high school at the age of 14, where she discovered her passion for engineering. Four years later, she achieved a high rank in the nationwide university entrance exam, and Amirkabir University of Technology accepted her into their institution. During her time at university, Maryam participated in workshops, lectures, and internships. These experiences provided her with a strong foundation in design, control systems, and finite element analysis. In July 2016, she graduated with honours and received her B.Sc. in mechanical engineering. She was then accepted into McMaster University’s MacAUTO research group, to pursue her master’s under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Maryam has a passion for exploring different cultures through travel. She is an active volunteer for a non-profit organization that provides leadership development for young people. She also enjoys sports and music, playing guitar in her spare time.  Additionally, she engages in activities such as hiking, biking, dancing, basketball, and chess.

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