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Khaligh, Alireza

Alireza Khaligh
Associate Professor
2345 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 

Alireza Khaligh promoted to full professor
Khaligh directs the Maryland Power Electronics Laboratory. June 17, 2019

Ayan Mallik to join Arizona State University faculty
The power electronics researcher will become an ECE assistant professor in Fall 2019. June 10, 2019

Jiang, Marakby, Vaswani, and Wu named 2019 ECE Distinguished Alumni
The four alumni were nominated for their leadership and meritorious contributions to the field of engineering, their humanitarian efforts, and the application of their engineering education to other disciplines. June 6, 2019

Mallik and Ferlic Win Dean's Doctoral and Master's Student Research Awards
Created by Clark School Dean Darryll Pines, the competition recognizes distinguished graduate student researchers in order to help propel their careers and demonstrate the value of high-quality engineering research. June 5, 2019

2019 Dean's Doctoral and Master's Student Research Awards
Created by Clark School Dean Darryll Pines, the competition recognize distinguished graduate student researchers in order to help propel their careers and demonstrate the value of high-quality engineering research. May 20, 2019

ECE Names 2018-2019 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Three electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2018-19. April 18, 2019

University names Zhang, Goswami outstanding graduate assistants
The Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award recognizes important contributions to the university. January 8, 2019

New pyroelectric system transmits power wirelessly, harvesting and storing energy from heat source
This is the first time high-frequency-cycled pyroelectric energy conversion has been successfully combined with the ability to recharge batteries. September 21, 2018

Lu, Gollob win ISR annual awards
ISR's outstanding graduate student and undergraduate student awards were given at the Institute's welcome back reception. August 30, 2018

Khaligh Leads NSF-Funded REU and IRES Summer Programs 
The REU and IRES Programs offer exciting national and international cross-disciplinary research opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students. July 20, 2018

Khaligh, McCluskey to lead new $2.37M DOE solar power converter project
By funding these kinds of projects, DOE hopes to dramatically reduce the cost of solar energy. April 24, 2018

ECE Names 2017-2018 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
The fellowships are awarded to outstanding students in the final stages of dissertation work in recognition of their research excellence. April 18, 2018

UMD Celebrates Invention of Year Winners, Ventures, and Partnerships at 'Innovate Maryland'
An electric vehicle charger innovation takes home top honors for Invention of Year. April 17, 2018

Work by Khaligh, Ghodssi nominated for UM 'Invention of the Year' awards
The annual awards honor exceptional inventions with the potential to influence science, society, and the free market. March 7, 2018

Khaligh, McCluskey receive Boeing funding for more electric aircraft
The team is developing the world’s first wide-bandgap GaN-based modular Rectified Transformer Rectifier Units for commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 787. February 19, 2018

Khaligh, Dusmex granted patent for plug-in electric vehicle powertrain system
Khaligh is the director of the Power Electronics, Energy Harvesting and Renewable Energies Laboratory. January 30, 2018

DW News Interviews Khaligh on Electric Vehicle Trends
Khaligh is the Director of the Maryland Power Electronics Laboratory (MPEL) and focuses his research on modeling, analysis, design, and control of power electronic converters. November 7, 2017

Maryland Power Electronics Laboratory participates in Maryland Manufacturing Day
The event brings together students from local university and college technology driven teams and match them with local, advanced manufacturing companies. October 9, 2017

Ayan Mallik wins ISR Graduate Student Award
Mallik is a student in Professor Alireza Khaligh’s power electronics research group. September 13, 2017

Khaligh-led student team wins award at IEEE IFEC competition
In first-ever entry, the Clark School team wins Best Presentation Award. August 1, 2017

ISR faculty leading bio-inspired robotics and transportation electrification REUs
NSF's REU program provides undergraduate students with hands-on exposure to scientific research. July 17, 2017

ECE Ph.D. Student Mallik Wins Kulkarni Fellowship
The Kulkarni Foundation Summer Research Fellowship (2017) supports UMD doctoral students who are graduates of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). June 29, 2017

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