Samantha Jones-Jackson

Ph.D. Student
Research Focus: Power Electronics Thermal Management
Industry Focus: Electrified Traction Systems and Thermal Management

Samantha Jones-Jackson received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 2018. She joined McMaster Automotive Resource Center in January 2019 and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Emadi. She has had an interest in renewable and sustainable energy and transportation since an early age. Her research focus is on thermal management for power electronics and electric machines.

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Samantha has had an interest in sustainable energy solutions ever since she can remember and was ecstatic to learn that at a young age she could eventually work towards creating new sustainable technology. 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 and that there is still a lot needed in regards to the development of these technologies. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, she sought to take as many classes that would increase her knowledge in topics related to current developments in energy and transportation. She is overjoyed to be able to combine her love of math and sciences with her passion to reduce harmful effects on the environment.

During her summers she worked at two automotive suppliers as an intern. She worked at Delphi and McLaren in 2016 and 2018, respectively, where she was able to work hands-on and gain valuable experience in the industry. These experiences have given her a background in developing and testing products that will be used in vehicles on the road. She was able to gain knowledge in both conventional automotive technologies, as well as electric vehicle components. The people she worked with taught her the importance of creativity in engineering, along with the understanding of vehicle systems that make strides in innovation.

In January 2019, she excitedly joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC) under the supervision of Dr. Emadi. At McMaster, she is working on thermal management techniques for power electronics and 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.

Beyond her academics, Samantha enjoys being in nature and participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, and canoeing. She also enjoys playing sports such as squash, golf, and running outside. Samantha is thrilled to be a part of McMaster’s engineering team and excited to continue learning more about the industry.

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