Babak Fahimi

Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Professor - Electrical Engineering
Tags: Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Computer Engineering

Professional Preparation

PhD - Electrical Engineering
Texas A&M University - 1999
M.S. - Electrical Engineering
University of Tehran, Iran - 1993
B.S. - Electrical Engineering
University of Tehran, Iran - 1991

Research Areas

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).


H. Yu and B. Fahimi, "A Novel Control Strategy of Linear Induction Motor Drives Based on Dynamic Maximum Force Production", presented at IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, VPPC 2009, Detroit, MI, Sep.7-10, 2009, pp.98-102. 2009 - Publication
Wei Jiang and B. Fahimi, "Active current sharing in fuel cell battery hybrid power systems", IEEE Trans. Ind. Electron., vol.57, no.2, pp.752-761, July 2009. 2009 - Publication


University of Texas at Dallas [2010–Present]
Associate Professor
University Texas at Arlington [2008–2010]
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Arlington [2004–2008]
Assistant Professor
University of Missouri-Rolla [2002–2004]
Research scientist
Electro Standards Laboratories Inc. [2000–2002]
Post Doctoral research associate
Texas A&M University [1999–2000]
Research Assistant
Texas A&M University [1995–1999]
Research Assistant
RWTH Aachen [1993–1995]

Additional Information

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.
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.

News Articles

New Device Could Give Boost to Renewable Energy
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.
Jonsson School Electrical Engineering Professor Elected IEEE Fellow
Renewable energy leader Dr. Babak Fahimi, a professor of electrical engineering in UT Dallas' Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, has been elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.
has been teaching and conducting research in the power electronics area for almost 20 years.

“This is a unique honor for me and our power group,” he said. “I am especially honored that IEEE has acknowledged my contributions at this stage of my career.”
Lab Shows Powerful, Possible Next Step in Electric Motors at Summi
A team from the Renewable Energy and Vehicular Technology Laboratory(REVT) at UT Dallas was one of a few research groups selected for advanced participation in a Department of Energy conference aimed at presenting the next generation of energy technologies.

The DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program hosts an annual summit in Washington, D.C., for researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives and government officials to share transformational research funded through the program.