Power electronics, renewable energy systems, energy harvesting, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicles and Smart Grid technologies
Prior to joining the ECE faculty at Maryland, Dr. Khaligh was an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Energy Harvesting and Renewable Energies Laboratory (EHREL) in the ECE Department at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Dr. Khaligh was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Urbana, IL.
Dr. Khaligh is the recipient of the 2010 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the 2009 Armour College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT. He is also the recipient of the 1999 Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award from Sharif University of Technology presented jointly by the Minister of Science, Research and Technology and President of Sharif University.
Dr. Khaligh is the Program Chair of the 2011 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference and the Program Co-Chair of the 2012 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference. He is the Grants and Awards Chair of the 2012 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC).
Dr. Khaligh is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He was a Guest Editor for Special Section of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology on Vehicular Energy Storage Systems and also a Guest Editor for Special Section of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics on Energy Harvesting.
He is the principal author/co-author of more than 80 conference and journal papers, two pending patents, as well as two books including Energy Harvesting: Solar, Wind, and Ocean Energy Conversion Systems (CRC Press, Dec. 2009), and Integrated Power Electronics Converters and Digital Control (CRC Press, May 2009).
Dr. Khaligh directs the Power Electronics, Energy Harvesting and Renewable Energies Laboratory.