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Mahesh Krishnamurthy, Ph.D.

Mahesh Krishnamurthy
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


3301 South Dearborn, Siegel Hall 225







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


Dr. Mahesh Krishnamurthy joined an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2008. He received his MS in Electrical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri at Rolla) in 2004 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2008. He serves as the director of the Electric Drives and Energy Conversion Laboratory and the Grainger Power Electronics and Motor Drives lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Before joining IIT, he worked as a Design Engineer at EF technologies in Arlington, Texas. His research primarily focuses on design, analysis and control of power electronics, electric machines and adjustable speed drives for renewable energy and automotive applications with emphasis on hybrid, plug-on hybrid and electric vehicles. He has co-authored over 60 scientific articles, book chapters and technical reports and has one US patent and three pending. He was the Program Co-chair for the 2011 Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference and is the Technical Program Chair for the 2013 IEEE- Transportation Electrification Conference and Exposition. Dr. Krishnamurthy is also currently serving as the Guest Editor for the Special Section of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology on Sustainable Transportation Systems and as Guest Editor for the Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics on Transportation Electrification and Vehicle Systems.


Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE- Vehicular Technology Society (2011-2012)

Listed in the 30th Pearl Anniversary Edition of Marquis Who's Who in the World (2012), 61st and 67th Editions of Marquis who’s who in America (2007 and 2013).

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

Recipient of Rudolph Herman pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas- Arlington (2004-2008).

Recipient of 2006-2007 UTA- Energy Systems Research Center Fellowship.

Recipient of University Gold medal in Industrial Electronics at Amrawati University (2001).


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.


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.


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.