Electric Propulsion System: A Technology Outlook 
This talk provides an overview of the state of the art and future trends in design and development of modern electric propulsion systems for electrified land and air vehicles. A comparative study of various motor drives in terms of torque density, cost, efficiency, reliability, and NVH will be provided. Recent advances in power electronic devices, passive elements, and integration will be introduced and an assessment of the existing challenges and future needs of the transportation industry will be discussed. Recent breakthroughs and new frontiers in aerospace applications will be addressed as well.  
About the speaker:
​​​​​​​Dr. Babak Fahimi received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering with the highest distinction from the University of Tehran, Iran in 1991 and 1993 respectively. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1999. Currently, He is a Distinguished Chair in Engineering and the Director of the Renewable Energy and Vehicular Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Fahimi has been the recipient of DAAD scholarship (1993-1995), IEEE R.M. Bass Power Electronics Young Investigator Award (2003), SAE Ralph Teetor Educational award (2008), Fulbright scholarship in 2010 & 2023, and IEEE Cyril Veinott electromechanical energy conversion award in 2015. Dr. Fahimi has co-authored over 380 scientific articles, 15 book chapters, and several technical reports in the general area of adjustable speed motor drives and power electronics. He holds 22 US patents and has 6 more pending. Dr. Fahimi has supervised 36 PhD (six tenured/tenure track professors) and 24 M.S. students. He is a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to modeling and analysis of adjustable speed ac motor drives. 
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