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).
D. Wu, S. Pekarek, and B. Fahimi, "A Field Reconstruction Technique for Efficient Modeling of the Fields and Forces within Induction Machines", IEEE Trans. Energy Convers., vol.24, no.2, pp.366-374, June 2009. 2009 - Publication
H. Yu and B. Fahimi, "Maximum Force/Ampere control of linear induction motor drives in field weakening region", presented at IEEE International Conference on Electric Machines and Drives (IEMDC), Miami, May 2009, pp.592-597. 2009 - Publication
M. Kiani and B. Fahimi, "Multi-physic analysis of electromechanical converters via field reconstruction method", in Proc. GCMS 2009, Istanbul, Turkey, July 2009. 2009 - Publication
D. Wu, S. Pekarek, and B. Fahimi, "A Voltage-Input-Based Field Reconstruction Technique for Efficient Modeling of the Fields and Forces within Induction Machines", IEEE Trans. Ind. Electron., vol.57, no.3, pp.994-1001, Nov. 2009. 2009 - Publication
W. Jiang and B. Fahimi, "Synthesis of advanced switched reluctance machine topologies using microscopic force density analysis", presented at IEEE International Conference on Electric Machines and Drives (IEMDC), Miami, May 2009, pp.999-1004. 2009 - Publication
Wei Jiang and B. Fahimi, "Multi-port power electronic interface for renewable energy sources", presented at Applied Power Electronics and Exhibition Conference, Washington. DC, Feb. 2009, pp.1. 2009 - Publication
Anahita Banaei, A. Khoobroo, and B. Fahimi, "Online detection of terminal voltage in Li-Ion batteries via battery impulse response", presented at IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, VPPC 2009, Detroit, MI, Sep. 7-10, 2009, pp.194-198. 2009 - Publication
M. Krishnamurthy and B. Fahimi, "Qualitative analysis of force distribution in a 3 phase permanent magnet synchronous machine", presented at IEEE International Conference on Electric Machines and Drives (IEMDC), Miami, May 2009, pp. 1105-1112. 2009 - Publication
Wei Jiang and B. Fahimi, "Current reconstruction technique for survivable three phase AC drives ", IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol.25, no.1, pp. 188-192, Aug. 2009. 2009 - Publication
A.H. Ranjbar, B. Abdi, G.B Gharehpetian, and B. Fahimi, "Reliability assessment of single-stage/two-stage PFC converters", presented at Compatibility and Power Electronics, 2009. CPE '09. 20-22, pp.253 – 257, May 2009, pp.253-257. 2009 - Publication
University of Texas at Dallas [2010–Present]
University Texas at Arlington [2008–2010]
University of Texas at Arlington [2004–2008]
University of Missouri-Rolla [2002–2004]
Electro Standards Laboratories Inc. [2000–2002]
Post Doctoral research associate
Texas A&M University [1999–2000]
Texas A&M University [1995–1999]
RWTH Aachen [1993–1995]
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.
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.”
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.
University of Texas at Dallas researchers have developed a generator prototype that uses liquid metal to convert waste heat from sources such as electric cars or data centers into clean electricity.
The researchers detailed the project in the October print edition of Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments
“Heat is an abundant renewable energy source,” said Dr. Babak Fahimi
, Distinguished Chair in Engineering and professor of electrical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
. “In data centers, for example, we spend a lot of time getting rid of the heat by using chillers and air conditioning. Our work focuses on recycling that heat back to electricity.”