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Mahdi Shahbakhti is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. Prior to joining Michigan Tech in Aug 2012, he was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of California-Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in Canada in 2009. He worked several years on control of dynamic systems in the automotive (2001-2004), robotic (2000-2001), and HVAC (1998-2000) industries. Some of his past academic and industrial research experience includes modeling and control of dynamic systems, analysis of combustion engines, utilization of alternative/renewable fuels, vehicular emissions, and hybrid electric vehicles.


Research Interests

  • Dynamic modeling and control of energy systems
  • Alternative/renewable fuels and energy
  • Advanced combustion engines
  • Hybrid electric vehicles
  • Energy-efficient buildings with smart grid integration


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