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Khaligh, Alireza

Alireza Khaligh
Associate Professor
2347 A.V. Williams Building

Research Interests 

Power electronics, renewable energy systems, energy harvesting, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicles and Smart Grid technologies



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.

Related News 

ECE Names 2016-2017 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2016-17. May 4, 2017

Prof. Alireza Khaligh to receive Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Illinois Tech
The award is given to an individual age 40 or younger who has advanced rapidly over the course of his or her career and has displayed significant achievement in the areas of leadership and professional success. April 18, 2017

Students of Khaligh, Wu win China Scholarship Council awards
The award is given to outstanding self-financed Chinese students who are studying abroad. April 14, 2017

Khaligh grad student team takes third place in Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize collegiate competition
The team of students developed an innovative integrated onboard charger for electric vehicles. April 11, 2017

Khaligh wins Clark School junior faculty teaching award
Khaligh will receive the Robert E. Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty at winter commencement. December 1, 2016

Khaligh named area editor for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
He will edit the "Vehicular Electronics and Systems” section. September 29, 2016

Khaligh receives Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award
The award is one of the highest honors the Clark School gives to junior faculty. September 26, 2016

Khaligh, Dusmez issued patent for power converter
The patent is for a ZVS DC/DC converter for converting voltage between a battery and a DC link in a hybrid energy storage system. August 26, 2016

Khaligh gives keynote speech at ITEC 2016
Alireza Khaligh was an invited keynote speaker at the IEEE Transportation Electrfication Conference and Expo. July 1, 2016

Khaligh is co-PI on new Boeing contract
Research will design an electronics-based regulated transformer rectifier unit for more electric aircraft. March 17, 2016

Alireza Khaligh named an IEEE Industry Applications Society Distinguished Lecturer
Khaligh will visit local IEEE IAS chapters to speak on electric vehicle battery chargers, and on aircraft transformer rectifier units. March 16, 2016

Khaligh receives NSF Partnership for Innovation grant on electric vehicle technology
Researchers will develop an onboard inegrated charger/converter. March 16, 2016

Grad student Chuan Shi wins energy research fellowship
Alireza Khaligh student will develop miniature power electronics converters for Smart Grids. March 2, 2016

Khaligh is general chair of 2016 IEEE APEC Conference
APEC is the leading event for practicing power electronics professionals. February 5, 2016

UMD Researchers Creating First Onboard Fast-Charging System for Electric Vehicles
NSF funds innovative interdisciplinary research for Khaligh and McCluskey September 11, 2015

Khaligh Wins Best Vehicular Electronics Paper Award for Third Time
Khaligh and his collaborators also won this award in 2012 and 2013. August 6, 2015

Alireza Khaligh was program chair for recent IEEE APEC conference
APEC is considered the leading conference for practicing power electronics professionals. March 24, 2015

Alireza Khaligh promoted to associate professor with tenure
Khaligh is an expert on power electronic converters. February 20, 2015

Khaligh receives grant for electric vehicle charger/converter
Maryland Innovation Initiative grant will fund power electronics interface research. October 20, 2014

Khaligh receives U.S. Patent 8,853,888 for multiple-input DC-DC converter
The converter can be used with different energy sources that have different voltage-current characteristics. October 4, 2014

Khaligh working with Boeing on power electronics-based project
Khaligh will design an innovative power electronics-based regulated transformer rectifier unit for aircraft. September 15, 2014

Alum Haoyu Wang joins Shanghai Tech University
Wang was a student of Assistant Professor Alireza Khaligh (ECE/ISR). September 9, 2014

Khaligh named associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification
Publication focuses on components and systems in electrified vehicles. June 20, 2014

Students win ECE Dissertation Fellowships
This year all five Ph.D. students are related to ISR. May 5, 2014

Alireza Khaligh named distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
Khaligh will speak on power electronics in transportation electrification. April 2, 2014

Khaligh awarded MIPS grant for wind energy power conditioning system
Professor will partner with Bethesda-based Altenera Technology. November 26, 2013

Khaligh wins Best Vehicular Electronics Paper Award two years running
IEEE Vehicular Technology Society gives the award for the best transaction paper on vehicular electronics. September 6, 2013

Khaligh is PI for hybrid energy storage system NSF GOALI grant
New lightweight system will offer increased battery life for electric cars. September 3, 2013

Khaligh's battery charger research selected as 'NSF Highlight'
New charger will help make next generation electric vehicles possible. July 31, 2013

Khaligh receives NSF grant for SiC-based battery charging
Research will advance technology for plug-in electric vehicles. July 1, 2013

Alireza Khaligh chairs IEEE's ITEC'13 conference
ITEC'13 focuses on the transition to advanced electrified vehicles. June 24, 2013

Khaligh paper places third at NDIA conference
Research is on energy storage system for next-gen electric vehicles. April 28, 2013

Khaligh receives NSF TUES grant for electric vehicles laboratory
The educational lab will train students in rapidly developing electric vehicle technology. March 8, 2013

Alireza Khaligh is PI for new transportation electrification REU site
Program will begin in summer 2013. February 26, 2013

Khaligh Guest Edits Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Asst. Professor Alireza Khaligh is one of three to guest edit issue focused on Sustainable Transportation Systems. October 30, 2012

Khaligh and co-authors win IEEE Best Vehicular Electronics Paper Award
Award presented to the best transaction paper on the topic of vehicular electronics. September 6, 2012

Khaligh and Mayergoyz receive MIPS grant for EV battery charger
Faculty are working with CoolCAD Electronics LLC. September 1, 2012

Five additions to faculty
ISR welcomes four new joint appointments and one new affiliate faculty member. July 13, 2012

Reza Ghodssi guest edits special issue of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
'Special Proceeding' issue focuses on energy harvesting. March 3, 2010