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Mahdi Shahbakhti is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta and an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. He was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of California-Berkeley (2010-2012). He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2009. He worked several years on control of dynamic systems in the automotive (2001-2004), robotic (2000-2001), and HVAC (1998-2000) industries. His research centers on modeling and control of dynamic systems including automotive systems, building energy systems, alternative and renewable energy systems.


Research Interests

  • Dynamic modeling and control of energy systems
  • AI and Machine learning controls
  • Fuel cell systems
  • Electric, hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicles
  • Connected and automated vehicles
  • Climate (HVAC) control in buildings and vehicles
  • Energy-efficient buildings with smart grid integration
  • Advanced combustion engines
  • Alternative/renewable sources (bio-fuels; solar energy)


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