Mahesh Krishnamurthy

  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Academic Director of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship

Professor Mahesh Krishnamurthy received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas in 2008. At Illinois Institute of Technology, he is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Armour College of Engineering and Academic Director of the Kaplan Institute of Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship. He is also the Director of the Grainger Power Electronics and Motor Drives Laboratory. Since 2015, he has been serving as a Distinguished Speaker with the IEEE-Vehicular Technology Society after serving as a Distinguished Lecturer from 2011-2013 and 2013-2015. He has co-authored over 140 scientific articles, patents, book chapters, and technical reports. He has been awarded several teaching and research awards, including the 2006-2007 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Transportation Electronics Fellowship award. 

Professor Krishnamurthy is the advisor for the Formula Electric racecar team at Illinois Tech, which won the prestigious Fiat Chrysler Innovation award at the SAE Formula Hybrid Competition. He also started Illinois Tech’s NASA Robotic Mining Competition team in 2016, which won the overall third prize in its very first year of participation at the NASA Kennedy Space Center. He is the recipient of the 2017 Bauer Family Teaching Excellence Award and the 2017 Armour Excellence in Education Award at Illinois Tech.

Professor Krishnamurthy was the General Chair for the 2014 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Exposition. In the past, he has served as the Technical Program Chair for the 2011 Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference and 2013 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference. Professor Krishnamurthy has served as the Guest Editor or Associate Editor for several IEEE journals including the Special Section of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology on Sustainable Transportation Systems, Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics on Transportation Electrification and Vehicle Systems and Special Issue of IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics on Transportation Electrification. He is currently the Editor-in-chief for IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification and Editor for the IEEE Electrification Magazine. Since 2021, he has been serving as an Expert at the National Science Foundation, where he works with the Energy, Power, Control and Networks cluster of the Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems division in Engineering. 

Awards

Distinguished Speaker for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (2015-2017, 2017-2019, 2019-2021)

Thomas Jacobius Excellence in Inter-professional Education Award (2019, single university-level award at Illinois Tech)

Bauer Family University Excellence Award in Undergraduate Education (2017, single university-level award at Illinois Tech)

Armour Teaching Excellence Award (2017, single university-level award at Illinois Tech)

IPRO (Inter-Professional Project) Dean's Choice Award (2019, team award at Illinois Tech)

Best IPRO Award (2017, 2018 team award at Illinois Tech)

Best Paper Prize at 2016 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (Dearborn, MI)

IPRO Social Innovation Award (2016 team award at Illinois Tech)

Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (2011-2013, 2013-2015)

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award from Illinois Tech's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2013-2014)

Recipient of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society-Transportation Electronics Fellowship (2006-2007)

Publications

Y. Da, X. Shi, M. Krishnamurthy*, “A New Approach to Fault Diagnostics for Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machines Using Electromagnetic Signature Analysis”, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Volume: 28 , Issue: 8, Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 4104 - 4112.

B. Bilgin, A. Emadi, M. Krishnamurthy*, “Comprehensive Evaluation of the Dynamic Performance of a 6/10 SRM for Traction Application in PHEVs,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Volume: 60, Issue: 7, Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 2564 - 2575.

Y. Da, X. Shi, M. Krishnamurthy*, “A Novel Universal Sensor Concept for a PM Drive System Using Search Coils”, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Volume: PP, Issue: 99, Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 5630 - 5638.

Z. Yang, M. Krishnamurthy, “Electromagnetic and Vibrational Characteristics of IPM over Full Torque-Speed Range”, 2013 IEEE- International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, Chicago, June 16-19, 2013.

R. Hou, X. Shi, M. Krishnamurthy, “Design and Implementation of a Novel Power Assisted Drivetrain for a Wheelchair”, 2012 IEEE- Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC), Dearborn, June 18-20, 2012.

I. Stamenkovic, N. Milivojevic, N. Schofield, M. Krishnamurthy*, A. Emadi, “Design, Analysis and Optimization of Ironless Stator Permanent Magnet Machines”, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Volume: 28 , Issue: 5, Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 2527 - 2538.

N. Milivojevic, M. Krishnamurthy*, A. Emadi, I. Stamenkovic, “Theory and Implementation of a Simple Digital Control Strategy for Brushless DC Generators,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Volume: 26 , Issue: 11, Publication Year: 2011 , pp. 3345 – 3356.

N. Milivojevic, Y. Gurkaynak, A. Sathyan, Y. J. Lee, M. Krishnamurthy*, A. Emadi, “Stability Analysis of Digital PWM control for brush-less DC motors in motoring and generating modes,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Volume: 59 , Issue: 1, Publication Year: 2012, pp. 343 - 351.

P. C. Desai, M. Krishnamurthy*, N. Schofield, A. Emadi, “Novel Switched Reluctance Machine Configuration with Higher Number of Rotor Poles than Stator Poles: Concept to Implementation”, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Volume 57, Issue 2, Feb. 2010, pp. 649 - 659.

S. Dusmez, B. Bilgin, S. Bekiarov, A. Khaligh, M. Krishnamurthy, “A Simple Control Scheme for Active Power Filtering in Ultracapacitor Assisted Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles”, 2012 IEEE- Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC), Dearborn, June 18-20, 2012.

G. Raman, M. Krishnamurthy, R. C. Ramachandran, C. Pereira, X. Shi, Y. Jiang, M. Price, and M. Arnold, “Test Bed for Acoustic Assessment of Small Wind Turbine Drive-Trains,” Fourth International Meeting on Wind Turbine Noise, Rome Italy, April 12-14, 2011.

B. Bilgin, A. Emadi, M. Krishnamurthy, “Design Considerations for a Universal Input Battery Charger Circuit for PHEV Applications”, 2010 IEEE- International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE) Conference, Bari, Italy, Jul 4-7.

Books

2 Chapters on “Battery Battery Management Systems” for “Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Electric Vehicles” and “Electrical Loads in Automotive Systems” in the Industrial Electronics Handbook.

1 Chapter on “Survivable Operation of Adjustable Speed drives” in IEEE- Electrical Engineering Encyclopedia.

Patents

Diagnostic techniques for the measurement of mutual inductance in a Switched Reluctance Machine, US patent# 12/140,232.

Switched Reluctance Machine, US provisional application # 12/768,967.

Apparatus and method for permanent magnet electric machine condition monitoring, US provisional application # 13/195, 461.

Hydraulic Power Add-on for Electric, Plug-in Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles, disclosure filed with Illinois Institute of Technology, 2013.

Expertise

Design and analysis of Power electronic systems

Design, analysis and optimization of electric machines

Analysis and Implementation adjustable speed drives

Energy storage in automotive systems

Advanced drivetrain architectures for HEVs, PHEVs, EVs and wind/hydro turbine systems