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

  • M. Bidarvatan, M. Shahbakhti, S. A. Jazayeri, " Model-Based Control of Combustion Phasing in an HCCI Engine ", SAE Int. J. Engines , Volume 5, Issue 3, pages 1163-1176, 2012. Read More
  • M. Bidarvatan, M. Shahbakhti, S. A. Jazayeri, " Optimal Integral State Feedback Control of HCCI Combustion Timing ", Int. Journal of Automotive Engineering, pages 206-217, 2011. Read More
  • M. Shahbakhti, A. Ghazimirsaied, C. R. Koch, " Experimental Study of Exhaust Temperature Variation in an HCCI Engine ", IMechE Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, Volume 224, Issue 9, pages 1177-1197, 2010. Read More
  • A. Ghazimirsaied, M. Shahbakhti, C. R. Koch, " HCCI Combustion Phasing Prediction Using a Symbol-Statistic Approach ", ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 5 pages, Volume 132, Issue 8, 2010. Read More
  • M. Shahbakhti, C. R. Koch, " Physics Based Control Oriented Model for HCCI Combustion Timing ", ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Volume 132, Issue 2, 12 pages, 2010. Read More
  • M. Shahbakhti, S. A. Jazayeri, M. Ghafuri, A. R. Aslani, A. Sahraeian, S. Azadi, " A Method to Determine Fuel Transport Dynamic Model Parameters in Port-Fuel Injected Gasoline Engines during Cold Start and Warm-up Conditions " , ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 5 pages, Volume 132, Issue 7, 2010. Read More
  • M. Shahbakhti, C. R. Koch, " Dynamic Modeling of HCCI Combustion Timing in Transient Fueling Operation ", SAE Int. J. Engines , Volume 2, pages 1098-1113, 2009. Read More