Pengfei (Henry) Zheng

Ph.D. Student
Research Focus: Multiports DC/DC Converters for PV/FC HEVs
Industry Focus: Aerospace Electrification;Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft;

Pengfei (Henry) Zheng received a M.Eng. in electrical and power engineering from the China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), China, in 2019. He then joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC), at McMaster University, Canada, in September 2019 as a Ph.D. student. His research interests are the optimization of onboard chargers for solar electric vehicles and power electronics for motor inverters. 

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Pengfei discovered his interest in engineering, technology, and electronics at a very young age. With his parents’ encouragement, he had learned to repair and make his own toy boats. These achievements ignited his passion for engineering. After gaining inspiration from his parent’s support, Pengfei decided to dive deeper into this field. 

During his undergraduate studies, Pengfei participated in the Science and Technology Club, where he devoted much of his time to pursuing the techniques and knowledge required to make a variety of items from a multimeter, to even building a drone. These opportunities taught him about circuits, components, design, and tests. Moreover, he learned the value of concentration, persistence, hard-work, patience, and cooperation. From 2016 to 2019, he was enrolled at CUMT as a master’s student. During these years, he joined a team to develop an EV controller for a motor company, where he gained a great deal of practical experience in industrial product design. Later, he led a team to develop power supplies for mine cars, which created a solid foundation for his future studies. 

In 2019, Pengfei joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC) as a Ph.D. student, under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Bauman. His research focuses on bidirectional chargers for solar EVs and EV inverter electronics. Working with knowledgeable engineers from MARC and Eaton teams, is a valuable and enjoyable experience for him.

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