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Dr. Babak Fahimi
Professor-Electrical Engineering
Contact Address   800 West Campbell rd., Richardson, TX 75080-3021     Office MailstopMail Box: EC33, Erik Jonsson Computer Science and Engineering Building, Room No.: ECN3322 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-6609    URL REVT    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 PhDElectrical EngineeringTexas A&M University1999
 M.S.Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Tehran, Iran1993
 B.S.Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Tehran, Iran1991
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Babak Fahimi

Dr. Fahimi is a research leader in the adjustable speed motor drives, power electronic based systems, and electrified transportation research area. He has over 20 years of industrial and academic experience in conceptualization, development, and analysis of various electromechanical actuators, energy harvesters, and sensors. He has introduced several key technologies that are in use or being pursued by industries. These include:

  • Multi-port power electronic interface (MPEI) for effective harvest, storage, and management of energy within a hybrid micro grid.
  • Double stator Switched Reluctance Motor Technology for electric propulsion of electrified transportation.
  • Position sensorless control of SRM and PMSM drives.
  • Fault tolerant operation of adjustable speed PMSM drives.
  • Elimination of acoustic noise and vibration using multi-physics modeling techniques.
  • Optimal magnetic design of electromechanical energy converters.
  • Optimal design of power electronic converters for micro harveters of energy harvesters.

Dr. Fahimi's research can be found in the form of over 190 peer reviewed journal and conference articles, 4 issued patents (7 more pending), several book chapters and technical reports.

He has supervised 8 PhD and 14 M.S. thesis to completion. His former students are all industrial and academic leaders (three assistant professors).

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A. Khoobroo and B. Fahimi, "Magnetic Flux Estimation in Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine Using Field Reconstruction Method", accepted for publication in IEEE Trans. Energy Convers.
A. Khoobroo, D. Torregrossa, and B. Fahimi, "Prediction of Acoustic Noise and Torque Pulsation in PM Synchronous Machines with Rotor Eccentricity and Partial Demagnetization using Field Reconstruction Method", accepted for publication in IEEE Trans. Ind. Electron..
D. Torregrossa, B. Fahimi, F. Peyraut, and A. Miraoui, "Fast Computation of Electromagnetic Vibrations in Electrical Machines via Field Reconstruction Method and Knowledge of Mechanical Impulse Response", accepted for publication in IEEE Trans. Ind. Appl.
D. Torregrossa, D. Paire, F. Peyraut, B.Fahimi, and A. Miraoui, "Active Mitigation of Electromagnetic Vibrations radiated by PMSM in Fractional Horse Power Drive by Optimal Choice of the Carrier frequency", accepted for publication in IEEE Trans. Ind. Appl.
D. Torregrossa, F. Peyraut, B. Fahimi, J. M-Boua, and A. Miraoui, "Multi-Physics Finite Element Modeling for Vibration and Acoustic Analysis of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine", accepted for publication in IEEE Trans. Energy Convers.
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2010-presentProfessor  University of Texas at Dallas
2008-2010Associate Professor  University Texas at Arlington
2004-2008Assistant Professor  University of Texas at Arlington
2002-2004Assistant Professor  University of Missouri-Rolla
2000-2002Research scientist  Electro Standards Laboratories Inc.
1999-2000Post Doctoral research associateDepartment of Electrical and Computer Engineering Texas A&M University
1995-1999Research AssistantDepartment of Electrical and Computer Enigineering Texas A&M University
1993-1995Research Assistant  RWTH Aachen
 News Articles
New Device Could Give Boost to Renewable Energy
UT Dallas News Center
A UT Dallas researcher has developed a key element in the renewable energy equation: a prototype electronic interface that routes power from renewable sources to the power grid and electrical storage facilities.
“Our Multi-Port Power Electronic Interface guarantees optimal energy harvesting from solar panels and wind turbines,” said Dr. Babak Fahimi, a professor of electrical engineering in the University’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. “This converter utilizes an adaptive controller to optimally increase efficiency and reliability for each operational condition while performing energy management algorithms to ensure the best performance.”
Five years in development, the converter would be perfect for use by small to medium-size businesses, large residential buildings and shopping centers that decide to make an investment in renewable energy, Fahimi said.

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Professional Society Memberships and Services
  • Chairman, Power Electronics committee of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, 2011-2013.
  • Member of AdCom in IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, 2010-2012.
  • Chair, 2009 International Future Energy Challenge, IEEE-PELS. 
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE).
  • Organizer, 2007 International Future Energy Challenge, Topic-B, Integrated Starter/Alternator, IEEE-PELS.
  • Chairman, Electric machines and drives committee of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.
  • Chairman of the standards subcommittee in IEEE Industry applications electric machinery committee.
  • Editor in Chief, IEEE PELS newsletter, 2012- present.
  • Editor, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion.
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics.
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.
  • Associate Editor, Korean Institute of Electrical Engineers.
  • Member of the editorial board for international journal of electric power systems and components.
  • NSF Panelist for proposal review, Power Systems and power electronics, and SBIR 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012.
  • Member of Society of automotive engineers (SAE).
  • Member of the steering committee of IEEE-VPP conference, 2008-2010.
  • Chairman of the steering committee, IEEE-APEC 2011.
  • Member of the steering committee, IEEE-IEMDC 2008-2012.

Honors and Awards
  • Keynote speaker at IEEE-ESARS 2012, Bologna, Italy, October 2012.
  • Technical Program Chair, Inaugural IEEE International Transportation Electrification Conference and Exposition, Detroit, MI, June 18-20, 2012.
  • Plenary speaker at IEEE Applied Power Electronic Conference and Expo, Orlando, February 2012.
  • Keynote speaker at IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, Chicago, September 2011.
  • Recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship for Summer 2011(at RWTH –Aachen, Institute for electric machines).
  • Distinguished speaker in IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, 2011-2013.
  • Guest editor for the special section of IEEE P&E Magazine on Electrification, July 2011. This issue has won the APEX Grand Prize.
  • Recipient of Ralph Teetor Educational Award from Society of Automotive Engineers, April 2008.
  • Keynote speaker at IEEE International conference on electric machines and systems (ICEMS), South Korea, October 8-11, 2007.
  • Keynote speaker “ Monitoring and fault diagnosis of DC-DC multistage converter for hybrid electric vehicles”, IEEE SDEMPED 2005, International symposium on diagnostics for electric machines, power electronics, and drives, Vienna, Austria, 7-9 September 2005.
  • Recipient of the 2nd prize paper from IEEE-IAS Transactions, in 2006.
  • General Chairman of 2010 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), Palm Springs, CA.
  • General Chairman for IEEE Vehicle power and propulsion conference in 2007, Arlington, TX.
  • Technical Program Chair for IEEE-APEC in 2009, Washington, DC.
  • Technical Program Chair for IEEE International Conference on Electric Machines and Drives (IEMDC), 2005, San Antonio, TX.
  • Guest Editor, Special section of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics on switched reluctance machines.
  • Guest Editor, Special issue of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics on adjustable speed motor drives.
  • Guest Editor, Special issue of IEEE Transactions of Vehicular Technology on electromechanical energy converters in automotive applications.
  • Recipient of the Office of Naval Research young investigator award, 2004.
  • Recipient of the IEEE Richard M. Bass outstanding young power electronics investigator award from IEEE Power Electronics society, 2003.
  • Recipient of a 2 years DAAD (German academic exchange program) fellowship(1993-1995).
  • Listed in Marquis Who’s who 2005 and 2006 in engineering and science.
  • Listed in Marquis Who’s who 2006 in engineering education. Society of automotive engineers, Member service award.4
  • Graduation with the highest distinction in BSEE, and MSEE at University of Tehran, Iran, 1991 and 1993 respectively.

Courses Taught/Developed
  1. EE205 (Electromechanics), undergraduate course at UMR, Fall 2003, Spring 2003.
  2. EE305 (Electric drives), Undergraduate/graduate course at UMR, Fall 2002.
  3. EE401 (Automotive electronics, New), Graduate course at UMR, Spring 2003.
  4. EE401 (CAD in electric machinery and lab, New), Graduate course at UMR, Spring 2004.
  5. EE5309 (Power electronics engineering, New), Graduate course at UTA, Fall 2004.
  6. EE 5315 (DSP Microprocessors), Graduate course at UTA, Fall 2005.
  7. EE 5309 (Electric Drive Control, New), Graduate course at UTA, Fall 2005.
  8. EE3310 (Microprocessors), Undergraduate course at UTA, Fall 2006.
  9. EE 4348(Power Electronics Capstone Design Project), Undergraduate course at UTA, Fall 2006.
  10. EE5309 (Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles, New), Graduate course at UTA, Spring 2007.
  11. EE5309 (Renewable Energy Sources, New), in collaboration with Dr. Lee and Dr. Tao, Graduate course at UTA, Fall 2007.
  12. EE5309 (Sustainable Energy Sources, New), Graduate course at UTA, Fall 2008.

Departmental Services
  1. Member of the search committee for EE department head, UT-Dallas.(Fall 2012-Spring 2013)
  2. Chairman of the faculty search committee, EE department, UT-Dallas (Spring 2012).
  3. Member of the undergraduate committee, EE department, UT-Dallas (Spring 2011-present).
  4. Chairman of the committee on sustainability, University of Texas at Dallas (Spring 2011-present).
  5. Member of the undergraduate curriculum committee, EE Department, UTA (Fall 2009-present)26
  6. Member of the search committee for EE Chair position (Fall 2008).
  7. Representative of EE department to Faculty Senate (Spring 2008-Fall 2010)
  8. Chairman of the EE Search committee for two faculty positions (Fall 2008).
  9. Chairman of the faculty development committee, EE Department, UTA.
  10. Chairman of the digital and Microprocessor group, EE department, (2005-2007) UTA.
  11. Member of the departmental search committee for a faculty position (2006-2007).
  12. Member of the departmental committee in re-evaluation of the PhD diagnostic examination.(2005-2006).
  13. Development of the power electronics and controlled motion laboratory.
  14. Development of a teaching laboratory to support DSP processor course.(Dr. Fahimi has obtained support in amount of $20000 from Texas Instruments to achieve this goal).
  15. Development of a series of experimental setups to support EE3310 (Microprocessors).
  16. Leading two teams of undergraduate students in IEEE student competitions focusing on Battery Charger design and GPS cars. The team working of undergraduate students working on battery chargers was selected as one of the 6 finalists and competed in the final round as the only US participants. The results of the competition is pending and will be announced in February 2008. Dr. Fahimi obtained $5000.00 in external funding from General Motors Assembly plant in Arlington to support this effort.

Services to Community
  1. Presented a seminar on Hybrid Electric vehicles to Society of professional engineers in DFW.
  2. Presented a seminar at Academy Junior High school in Fort-Worth to 8th grade students.
  3. Presented a seminar to Mid-Cities Engineering society on Hybrid Electric Vehicles.

Professional Developments
  1. NSF workshops on teaching Power Electronics, adjustable speed motor drives, and power system courses in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
  2. Grant Writing workshop at University of Missouri-Rolla, Spring 2004.

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