Mahdi Shahbakhti

Mahdi Shahbakhti


Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada


Dr. Shahbakhti joined MTU in August of 2012. Prior to this appointment, he was a post-doctoral scholar for two years in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He worked in the automotive industry for 3.5 years on R&D of powertrain management systems for gasoline and natural gas vehicles. Some of his past academic and industrial research experience includes system identification, physical modeling and control of dynamic systems, analysis of combustion engines, utilization of alternative/renewable fuels, vehicular emissions, and hybrid electric vehicles. Shahbakhti is an active member of ASME Dynamic Systems & Control Division (DSCD), serving as the trust area leader and executive member of the Energy Systems (ES) committee and as a member of the Automotive Transportation Systems (ATS) technical committee, chairing and co-organizing sessions in the areas of modeling, fault diagnosis, and control of advanced fuel and combustion systems.

His research focuses on increasing efficiency of energy systems through utilization of advanced control techniques. His current research involves the transportation and building sectors which account for 68% of total consumed energy in the United States. Dr. Shahbakhti's research to optimize efficiency of energy systems centers on developing and incorporating the following research areas: thermo-kinetic physical modeling, model order reduction, grey-box modeling, adaptive parameter estimation, model-based and nonlinear control.

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Dynamic Systems Modeling and Control
  • Powertrain/Vehicle Control
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Alternative/Renewable Fuels
  • Vehicular Emissions and Aftertreatment Systems

Research Interests

  • Modeling and Control of Energy Systems
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Advanced Combustion Engines
  • Energy Control of Buildings in a Smart Grid

Recent Publications

  • Bidarvatan, Mehran, Shahbakhti, Mahdi, Jazayeri, Seyed Ali, Koch, Charles R., 2014, “Cycle-to-Cycle Modeling and Sliding Mode Control of Blended-Fuel HCCI Engine,” Journal of Control Engineering Practice, Vol. 24, pp: 79-91, DOI:10.1016/j.conengprac.2013.11.008.
  • Bahri, Bahram, Aziz, Azhar Abdul, Shahbakhti, Mahdi, Muhamad Said, Mohd Farid, 2013, “Analysis and Modeling of Exhaust Gas Temperature in an Ethanol Fuelled HCCI Engine,” Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology, Vol. 27(11), November 2013, pp. 3531-3539, DOI:10.1007/s12206-013-0879-z.
  • Koochack, M., Gharehghani, A., Shahbakhti, Mahdi, 2013, “Experimental and Simulation Study of In-cylinder Strategies for Regeneration of Lean Nitrogen Oxide Traps in a High speed Direct Injection Diesel Engine,” Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, Vol. 227(12), pp: 1661-1673, DOI: 10.1177/0954407013504751.
  • Dehghani Firoozabadi, M., Shahbakhti, Mahdi, Koch, Charles R., Jazayeri, Seyed Ali, 2013, “Thermodynamic Control-oriented Modeling of Cycle-to-Cycle Exhaust Gas Temperature in an HCCI Engine,” Applied Energy, Vol. 110, pp. 236–243, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.04.055.
  • Bahri, Bahram, Aziz, Azhar Abdul, Shahbakhti, Mahdi, Muhamad Said, Mohd Farid, 2013, “Understanding and Detection of Misfire in an HCCI Engine Fuelled with Ethanol,” Applied Energy, Vol. 108, pp. 24-33, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.03.004.
  • Nazoktabar, Marieh, Jazayeri, Seyed Ali, Jahanian, Omid, Shahbakhti, Mahdi, 2013, “Using a Single Zone Thermodynamic Model in an HCCI Engine to Predict Effective Controlling Parameters,” Journal of Engine Research, Vol. 25, pp. 13-23.
  • Bidarvatan, M., Shahbakhti, M, Jazayeri, S. A., 2012, "Model-Based Control of Combustion Phasing in an HCCI Engine," SAE Int. J. Engines, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 1163-1176.
  • Shahbakhti, Mahdi, Bahri, B., Aziz, A.A., Muhamad, M.F. Said, 2012, "Misfire Detection Based on Statistical Analysis for an Ethanol Fueled HCCI Engine," Journal of International Review of Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 6, No. 6, pp. 1276-1282.

Recent Research Projects

GOALI: Collaborative Research: Easily Verifiable Controller Design

Principal Investigator: Mahdi Shahbakhti
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics