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EE Seminar | The Car is Cool Again: Perspectives on EV Charging

Start Date: April 23, 2017
End Date: April 23, 2017

By Professor Shehab Ahmed (Texas A&M University at Qatar)
Transportation electrification is arguably one of the most promising opportunities to meet the complex environmental challenges facing our society. As battery costs decline, EV ranges extend, and charging infrastructure expands, more people will drive EVs. The challenge of expanding charging infrastructure is highly multidisciplinary, and technology decisions have a direct impact on system cost and complexity. Electric utilities and auto makers, two traditionally independent industries, are now an integral part of the EV eco-system introduced in this talk. After an overview of EV charging technology, recent solutions aiming to lower the cost and increase the availability of EV charging options will be discussed. Integrated onboard chargers that utilize EV traction circuit components, not engaged during the charging time, are an emerging technology that can potentially increase EV adoption. Because they require minimal off-board infrastructure, EV adoption can truly flourish. Electric drivetrain architectures based on novel electric machine configurations and power converter technologies enabling the integrated onboard charger will be presented. Finally, challenges and opportunities for future EV drivetrain R&D will be discussed.
Biography: Dr. Shehab received his BSc degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Alexandria University in 1999; his MSc and Phd degrees from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX in 2000 and 2007 respectively. He was a Senior Development Engineer at Schlumberger Technology Corporation, Sugarland, TX from 2001 to 2007, where he was part of an engineering team that commercialized the SLB cased hole logging tractor system MaxTRAC. He also supported the development of other wellbore tractors, rotary steerable tools, formation evaluation tools, and downhole energy storage systems during his tenure at SLB. In July 2007 he joined the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar as an Assistant Professor and progressed to Associate Professor rank in July 2013. His research interests are in the areas of electromechanical energy conversion, utility power electronics and smart grids, and subsurface mechatronics. In 2012 he co-founded HiRoll Technology to design, manufacture and market classical conveyor solutions and develop advanced linear machine based modular conveyors. In 2015 he co-founded MODUS to commercialize advanced oil field technologies and services. He maintains an active publication and intellectual property record in his areas of interest.

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For more info contact: Prof. Mohamed-Slim Alouini: email:
Date: Sunday 23rd Apr 2017
Time:12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall I Room 2322
Refreshments: Light lunch will be provided at 11:45am