Simona Onori received her Laurea Degree, summa cum laude, (CSE) in 2003, her M.S. (ECE) in 2004, her Ph.D. (Control Engineering) in 2007, from University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA, and University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, respectively.
Prior to joining the Department of Automotive Engineering faculty in August 2013, Dr. Onori was a research scientist at the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University (CAR-OSU) and lecturer at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept. at Ohio State University where she taught at undergraduate and graduate levels. She has also previously worked with IBM (2000-2002) as well as Thales-Alenia Space (2007) in Rome, Italy.
Her background is in control system theory and her current research interests are in ground vehicle propulsion systems, including electric and hybrid-electric drivetrains, energy storage systems, and emission control systems. Her areas of emphasis within these categories are 1) physics-based modeling, simulation, optimization and control for advanced powertrain systems, 2) integrated power train control and optimization, 3) damage propagation modeling in complex systems, and 4) aging, characterization, modeling and identification of energy storage systems (e.g., lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries, supercapacitors) for state of health estimation and remaining useful life prediction. Since joining Clemson University, her research has been funded, by Honda R&D Japan, Fiat Chrysler Automobile, Borg Warner, Johnson Control, and the National Science Foundation.
During the period from 2009 to 2013 she was Program Manager of the automotive industry research consortium at CAR-OSU, which includes the participation of 20 automotive OEMs and suppliers.
She has co-authored a book on Energy Management Strategies for HEVs (edited by Springer), two-book chapters and more than 70 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences.
She is chair of the IEEE CSS Technical Committee of Automotive Control, and vice-chair of IFAC Technical Committee of Automotive Control and member of IEEE, ASME, SAE and JES. She serves in the IEEE CSS Conference Editorial Board and in the ASME DSCD as an Associate Editor.
She is the recipient of the 2016 Energy Leadership Award in the category Emerging Leader (for the Carolinas), the 2015 Innovision Award (South Carolina), 2012 Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award by OSU College of Engineering and the TechColumbus 2011 Outstanding Technology Team.