Olivier Trescases (BASc, MASc, PhD) received his PhD degree in electrical engineering at the University of Toronto in 2007. Before joining the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in 2009, he worked as a Concept Engineer and mixed-signal IC Designer in Infineon Technologies, Villach, Austria, focusing on safety-critical automotive applications. At the University of Toronto his group conducts research on high-efficiency switched-mode power converters for automotive, industrial, aerospace and renewable energy applications. His expertise is in the area of energy management, high-frequency/high-density power electronics, battery management systems, electric vehicles and power integrated circuits, including wide bandgap semiconductors. While on sabbatical in 2016, he worked at the Texas Instruments Kilby Labs, Santa Clara, CA, USA, and then at NXP Semiconductor in Eindoven, Holland. Trescases is currently a Full Professor at U of T and a Canada Research Chair in Power Electronic converters. He is the Director of the U of T Electric Vehicle Research Centre, where he is participating in multi-disciplinary collaborations with leading automotive suppliers and OEMs. Prof. Trescases has published over 115 papers in peer reviewed IEEE venues, including several best paper awards, he is an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. He has been involved with the IEEE Toronto Section (4000+ members) for over 10 years in various roles and served as the Section Chair from 2018-2019. He has served on various IEEE conference technical committees, including the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, and the International Symposium on Power Semiconductors and ICs. He is a co-inventor on over 20 filed patents.
- Canada Research Chair in Power Electronic Converters
- Past Chair of the IEEE Toronto Section, member of IEEE Canada Board of Directors
- Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
- Developer and Instructor for Porsche Canada’s National Electromobility Certification Program (2022)
- Best Paper awards at IEEE ISPSD, EDSSC, ECCE/IPEC, Interpack, ITHERM conferences
- ECE Teaching Award (2014), ECE Gordon Slemon Award (2013)
- City of Toronto Green Innovation Award (2010)