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Mahdi Shahbakhti is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and an affiliated associate professor of Electrical 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
  • Electric and hybrid electric vehicles
  • Connected and automated vehicles
  • Climate (HVAC) control
  • Advanced combustion engines
  • Energy-efficient buildings with smart grid integration


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