- modeling, analysis, design, and control of power electronic converters
- electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, energy harvesting
- miniaturized power electronic interfaces for microrobotic applications
Prof. Alireza Khaligh is the Director of the Power Electronics, Energy Harvesting and Renewable Energies Laboratory (PEHREL) at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) in the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP). Prior to UMCP, he was an Assistant Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and also a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
Prof. Khaligh’s major research interests include modeling, analysis, design, and control of power electronic converters. He is an author/co-author of more than 120 journal and conference papers as well as two books including Energy Harvesting: Solar, Wind, and Ocean Energy Conversion Systems (CRC Press, Dec. 2009), and Integrated Power Electronics Converters and Digital Control (CRC Press, May 2009).
He is the recipient of various recognitions including the 2013 George Corcoran Memorial Award from the ECE Department of UMCP, 2013 Best Vehicular Electronics Awards from IEEE Vehicular Electronics Society (VTS), 2010 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from Society of Automotive Engineers, and 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT.
Prof. Khaligh was the General Chair of the 2013 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC), Dearborn, MI. He was the Assistant Program Chair of the 2013 IEEE Applied Power Electronic Conference and Expo (APEC), Fort Worth, TX. He was also the Program Chair of the 2011 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, Chicago, IL and the Program Co-Chair of the 2012 ITEC as well as the Grants and Awards Chair for the 2012-2013 APEC. Prof. Khaligh is an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT). He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification. Prof. Khaligh was a Guest Editor for the Special Section of IEEE TVT on Sustainable Transportation Systems, a Guest Associate Editor for the Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics on Transportation Electrification and Vehicle Systems, a Guest Editor for Special Section of IEEE TVT on Vehicular Energy Storage Systems and also a Guest Editor for Special Section of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics on Energy Harvesting. Prof. Khaligh is a member of the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) University Resources. Prof. Khaligh is a Member of the Vehicle Power and Propulsion Committee, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS), a Member of IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), Industrial Electronics Society (IES), IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), IEEE Education Society, and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
Prof. Khaligh is the Program Chair of the 2015 IEEE Applied Power Electronic Conference and Expo (APEC), the most Premier Conference in Applied Power Electronics. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.
Honors and Awards
- 2016 Clark School of Engineering Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award
- 2016 Clark School of Engineering E. Robert Kent Junior Faculty Teaching Award
- 2013 George Corcoran Memorial Award from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Maryland
- 2013 Best Vehicular Electronics Paper Award from IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS
- 2012 Best Vehicular Electronics Paper Award from IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS)
- 2010 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
- 2009 Armour College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award, Illinois Institute of Technology