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Special Session #14: Higher Education For Electro-Mobility - VPPC 2022

Special Session #14: Higher Education For Electro-Mobility

Co-Organizer: Paulo G. Pereirinha, Polytechnic of Coimbra and INESC Coimbra, Portugal
Co-Organizer: Mohamed O. Badawy, San Jose State University, California, USA

Call For Papers

The rapid electrification of the mobility sector leads to social, economic, and environmental benefits in urban transportation systems, thus, improving the quality of life. However, this technological shift accelerates the need for highly skilled graduates with the right skillsets to fill market needs. Currently, the e-mobility market suffers from a scarcity of highly skilled engineers to support the sector’s growth, leading to technological barriers due to the lack of knowledge. Thus, educational efforts are underway to provide the ground knowledge in the supportive engineering areas to this technological shift. Subjects such as power electronics, control systems, electric machines, battery systems, thermal management, firmware coding, and others are relevant to this industry. Additionally, specific topics on electric vehicles and electric propulsion systems are highly needed.

This Special Session is intended to share and discuss different perspectives and experiences worldwide in academia, industry, and research institutions regarding higher education and training for the electro-mobility sector. This will occur by presenting the courses and subjects’ study plans, learning objectives, instruction and learning methodologies, expected learning outcomes, competencies, main bibliography, and progress assessment. Other aspects, such as the integration of the graduated students in the technological industry, research, or academic fields, are also of interest.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • BSc or Master Courses designed explicitly for electro-mobility.
  • Subjects relevant to Electric Vehicles such as power electronics, electric machines, power distribution, control systems, energy storage systems, and others.
  • Industry high-level formation programs on electro-mobility.
  • Ph.D. programs for electro-mobility.
  • Focused courses or subjects on particular topics of Electric Vehicles and their powertrain systems.
  • Needs and tendencies on education for the electro-mobility sector.


Paulo G. Pereirinha

Bio: Paulo G. Pereirinha received his PhD Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal. Since 1995, he has been with the Polytechnic of Coimbra – Coimbra Institute of Engineering (IPC-ISEC), where he is currently a Coordinator Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering. His classes and research interests include electrical machines, electric vehicles, electromechanical drives, finite elements, and renewable energies, being (co)author of more than 100 papers on international journals and conferences.
Prof. Pereirinha is Senior Member of IEEE, and was General Chair of IEEE VPPC 2014, Publication Chair of VPPC 2015 and Award-Committee Chair of VPPC 2016. He is a member of the Vehicular Power Propulsion Standing Advisory Committee of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, VTS. He is a researcher at INESC Coimbra and Vice-President and member of the Executive Board of the Portuguese Electric Vehicle Association, APVE.


Mohamed O. Badawy

Bio: (M’16) received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Akron OH, USA, in 2007, 2012, and 2016, respectively. Since 2016, he has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, San Jose State University (SJSU), C.A., USA. Dr. Badawy is the director of the center of power electronic converters at SJSU. His research interests are power electronic configurations and control structures for advanced electric vehicles and renewable energy systems. Dr. Badawy has been an organizing committee member for several IEEE conferences, a reviewer for several IEEE Journals and Transactions. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications.


Submission Deadline EXTENDED: 30 May 2022
Acceptance notification: 11 July 2022
Final paper submission deadline: 8 August 2022

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