Zahra Amjadi

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office Location

Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, Room 2100, 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL 33805-8531

 

Education
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Que., Canada, 2011
M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Que., Canada, 2007
B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Electronics), Azad University, Tehran, Iran, 2003 

 

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About
Dr. Zahra Amjadi is a visiting professor of electrical and computer engineering at Florida Polytechnic University. Previously, she was employed by the University of South Alabama and Texas Southern University. In addition, her work experience in the Halliburton, Osram Sylvania, Hatch and P.D Ziogas Power Electronics Lab in the field of power engineering has helped her develop the skills in group work, effective time management, and overall problem analysis. During her academic and industrial experience, she has been working in the areas of automotive power electronics, renewable energy systems, and energy storage. She performs extensive research in the area of electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).

The topic of her dissertation is “Power Electronics Intensive Energy Management Solutions for Hybrid Electric Vehicle Energy Storage Systems.” The main objective of this dissertation was to provide a detailed analysis and novel hybrid controller design for an advanced hybrid SC Luo bi-directional DC/DC converter, applicable for HEV/PHEV ESS applications.

She is the principal author of 19 papers in high-quality journals and world-class conferences.

 

Expertise

  • Power electronics and motor drives
  • Digital control of power electronics converters
  • Electric and hybrid electric vehicles
  • Renewable energy systems and smart grids
  • Energy management 

 

Professional Activities

  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member, IEEE Women in Engineering (IEEE WIE)
  • Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Power Electronics, Vehicular Technology, IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), Energy Conversion Conference and Exposition (ECCE), Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC), Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON)
  • Session Chair, Power Systems, IEEE Systems Conference (SysCon), Montreal, Canada, April 2008

Awards and Honors

  • 2018 & 2017: SACNAS ASSIST Travel Grant Award (San Antonio, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah), National Science Foundation (NSF), Grant # EEC-1548197
  • 2018: The MAES Faculty Development Symposium (FDS) Travel Grant Award (El Paso, Texas), National Science Foundation (NSF), Grant #EEC-1548214
  • 2018: Academic and Research Leadership Symposium (ARLS) Travel Grant Award (Pittsburg, Penn.), National Science Foundation (NSF), Grant #EEC-1548319
  • 2014: Maximizing Value-Added Performance (MVP) Award, Halliburton (2 Awards)
  • 2010: Best Paper Award: IEEE Canada Electrical Power and Energy Conf., Halifax, NS
  • 2010: Second Place Overall, Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science Poster Competition

 

Selected Publications

  • Z. Amjadi, “Compatibility of Batter and Ultra-Capacitor Cells Equalization for Hybrid Energy Storage System,” IEEE SysCon 2019, Orlando, Florida, April 2019.
  • Z. Amjadi, “Suitability of Switched Capacitor Converters for Electric Vehicle Energy Storage,” Scholar Journal of Applied Sciences and Research, vol. 1, pp. 1-5, Nov. 2018.
  • Z. Amjadi, “Power Electronics Intensive Energy Management Solutions for Hybrid Electric Vehicle Energy Storage Systems,” 2018 TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo, Anaheim, CA, May 2018.
  • Z. Amjadi and S. S. Williamson, “Digital Control of a Bidirectional DC/DC Switched Capacitor Converter for Hybrid Electric Vehicle Energy Storage System Applications,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 158-166, Jan. 2014.
  • Z. Amjadi and S. S. Williamson, “Prototype Design and Controller Implementation for a Battery-Ultracapacitor Hybrid Electric Vehicle Energy Storage System,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 332-340, March 2012.
  • Z. Amjadi and S. S. Williamson, “Novel Digital Control of a Bidirectional DC/DC Switched Capacitor Converter for Hybrid Electric Vehicle Energy Storage System Applications,” IEEE Transactions on power Electronics, Oct. 2011.
  • Z. Amjadi and S. S. Williamson, “Design and Verification of a Novel Hybrid Electric Vehicle Battery-Ultracapacitor Power Electronic Energy Management System,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, May.2011.
  • Z. Amjadi and S. S. Williamson, “Design and control of a Luo converter for variably loaded hybrid electric vehicle energy storage system,” International Journal of Power Electronics, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 399-416, April 2011.
  • Z. Amjadi and S. S. Williamson, “Advanced digital control for a switched capacitor and interleaved switched capacitor hybrid electric vehicle energy management system,” International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicle, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 272-292, Feb. 2011.
  • Z. Amjadi and S. S. Williamson, “Modeling, simulation, and control of an advanced Luo converter for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle energy storage system,” IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 64-75, Oct. 2010.

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