Special Sessions

Special Session: Panel Discussion on “Trends and Challenges in Electro-Mobility”

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2022;  10:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT


This special session (panel discussion) will explore recent Trends and Challenges in Electro-Mobility and explore how industries are leveraging technologies and research in various capacities toward decarbonizing the transportation sector. Panelists will discuss and demonstrate how their respective organizations have embraced the concepts of e-mobility covering various aspects and critical challenges of transforming into electric transportation. The sequence of discussion shall include significant topics such as traction motors, control and diagnosis of electric motor drive, health monitoring, thermal management systems, packaging, and reliability for electro-mobility systems. In addition, the panelists with deep expertise in the concerned areas of electro-mobility shall also address questionnaires and engage in healthy discussions with the potential audience. The panel session shall further conclude with commentary and insights around the advancing trends in electro-mobility.

Hassan ElDeeb –
Senior Engineer, Motor Controls Innovations-BorgWarner Inc., IN
Narges Taran –
Research Engineer, Ford Motor Company, Research & Innovation Centre, MI
Tomy Sebastian –
Director, Motor Drive Systems, Halla Mechatronics, MI & Past President IAS
Sreekant Narumanchi -
Group Manager, Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Machines (APEEM) Group, Center of Integrated Mobility Sciences (CIMS), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), CO

Adil Usman -
Postdoctoral Researcher, APEEM Group, CIMS, NREL, CO

Bios for each panelist and moderator:
Panelist: Hassan ElDeeb
Senior Engineer, Motor Controls Innovations-BorgWarner Inc., IN

  Hassan ElDeeb

Dr. Hassan ElDeeb is a Senior Motor Controls Innovations Engineer at the Noblesville Technical Center of BorgWarner Inc., Noblesville, IN, USA. His 10+ years of academic and industrial experience are in the area of design, development, and testing of control firmware of e-Machines and power electronics inverters for EV powertrains. He is contributing and supporting the development of control platforms for BorgWarner’s next generational e-Motors and inverters for Transportation Electrifications.

Dr. ElDeeb received his Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA. He is the author of over 55 peer-reviewed articles, all at IEEE journals and conferences. He holds 1 patent issued by the US patents office. He is a member of the IEEE IAS Industrial Drives Standards Committee and Topic Chair at the IEEE ECCE since 2020. Dr. ElDeeb is the recipient of the “Best Paper” award at the IEEE APEC 2019, Anaheim, CA, USA, the “Best Poster Award” at the 2018 IEEE IAS Annual Meeting CMD Poster Contest, Portland, OR, USA, and the 2 nd place award at the “Best Ph.D. Thesis Contest” for 2021 by the IEEE IAS, Vancouver, Canada. Furthermore, he is the recipient of the “Plaque of Honor” from the IEEE Miami Section in 2021 for his research contributions and technical achievements.


Panelist: Narges Taran
Research Engineer, Ford Motor Company, Research & Innovation Centre, MI


 Narges Taran

Dr. Narges Taran is an eMachines Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company, Research and Innovation Center, Dearborn, MI, USA. In this role, she helps develop state-of-the-art electric machine technologies for transportation electrification, supporting Ford Model e™ that realizes the future of electric vehicles.
Narges received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky, where she was the recipient of the College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Student. She has worked with both Tier I suppliers and OEMs, product, and research teams. Prior to Ford, Narges worked at BorgWarner, Noblesville Technical Center, as a Senior Electric Machine Design Engineer. She has over 35 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications on transportation electrification, axial flux machines, and electric machine design optimization.


Panelist: Tomy Sebastian
Director, Motor Drive Systems, Halla Mechatronics, MI & Past President, IEEE IAS


 Tomy Sebastian

Dr. Tomy Sebastian is the Director of Motor Drive Systems at Halla Mechatronics in Bay City, Michigan. He also taught several courses on Power Electronics, Motor Drives, and Advanced Motor Design at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland; and the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio at various times.

Dr. Sebastian has done extensive research in the area of permanent magnet motor design and control issues and applications in automotive systems. He has published over 70 technical articles and holds 32 U.S. patents. In 2003 he was elected as a Fellow of IEEE. During 2008-2009, he served as a distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Industry Applications Society. He was inducted into the Delphi Innovation Hall of Fame in 2006. He is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Industry Applications Society outstanding achievement award and the 2019 IEEE Nikola Tesla award. He was the General Chair for the First IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (IEEE ECCE 2009) held in San Jose, CA. He also served as Co-General Chair of the IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES 2012) conference in Bengaluru, India. During 2017-2018 he served as the president of the IEEE Industry Applications Society.


Panelist: Sreekant Narumanchi
Group Manager, Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Machines (APEEM) Group, Center of Integrated Mobility Sciences (CIMS), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), CO

Sreekant Narumanchi 

Dr. Sreekant Narumanchi is the Group Manager of the Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Machines (APEEM) Group within the Center of Integrated Mobility Sciences at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, CO, U.S.A., where he is currently in his 18 th year. He leads a Group of 15 researchers focused on electro-thermal, thermal-fluids, thermo-mechanical and reliability aspects of power electronics and electric machines for electric-drive vehicles and several energy efficiency and renewable energy applications. Sreekant is an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow, an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior Member and has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and book chapters. He is an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, Guest Editor of the IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technologies Journal, on the Executive Committee of the ASME Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division, and also serves of several external and advisory boards, and on graduate student thesis committees.

Sreekant has received the 2022 THERMI Award, the 2020-21 Associate Editor of the Year Award from the ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, the 2018 ASME EPPD-K16 Clock Award, a 2016 R&D 100 Award, the Best Paper Award from the ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging (2003), and the ASME 2013 InterPACK Conference Outstanding Paper Award. Within NREL, he received the 2013 NREL Outstanding Business Collaboration Award, and the 2009 NREL Staff Award for Outstanding Performance. Sreekant received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University (2003), M.S. from Washington State University (1999), and B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (1997) – all in Mechanical Engineering.


Moderator: Adil Usman
Postdoctoral Researcher, Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Machines (APEEM) Group, Center of Integrated Mobility Sciences (CIMS), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), CO


 Adil Usman

Dr. Adil Usman
is a postdoctoral researcher at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), US Department of Energy, in Golden, CO, U.S.A. Before joining NREL, he was a research employee at University of California (UC) Santa Cruz between 2021-2022. Adil holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi, India (2020). His research areas of interest include design and diagnosis of electrical machines & power electronic converters, Battery Management System (BMS) in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) and State of Health (SOH) estimation for electric transportation systems.

Dr. Usman is a Senior Member of IEEE and is currently serving on the board of the IEEE Industry Application (IA) Society. He is also a Member of IEEE MGA SAC and a Senior Member of Electrical Machinery Committee (EMC) for IEEE Power and Industry societies. Dr. Usman has more than 45 reputed research publications, more than 20 invited talks and several technical awards and recognitions to his name. He is currently serving in the Editorial-Reviewer Board of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications (IA), Industrial Electronics (IE), Transportation and Electrification (TE) and Power Electronics (PEL). Dr. Usman has been serving in the conference committee board of several IEEE conferences for over a decade.

Adil is the recipient of two Best PhD Thesis Awards conferred by IEEE IAS and IEEE Kerala Section (India) respectively in 2021. He has been awarded the Outstanding Student Branch Chapter Chair Award and consequently with the Continued Outstanding Performance SB Chapter Award from IEEE IAS in 2019 for his continued services and leadership in IEEE.