Thrust Area: Energy&Control

Research Interests

  • Modeling, control and optimization of dynamic systems
  • Model-based control in advanced propulsion systems
  • Energy management control and optimization in HEVs and PHEVs
  • Energy storage systems- Li-ion and PbA batteries, Supercapacitors
  • Battery aging modeling, state of health estimation and life prediction for control
  • Damage degradation modeling in interconnected systems



June 2017

  • Congratulations to Harikesh Arunachalam for being selected one of the three finalists of the CCTA 2017 Student Best Paper Award by the IEEE Control System Society for the paper "Modeling the thermal dynamics inside a ceria-coated gasoline particulate filter"
  • April 2017

  • 2017 College of Engineering and Science Dean’s Faculty Fellow Award (three-year award)
  • 2017 Esin Gulari Leadership & Service Award College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, Clemson University
  • March 2017

  • Recipient of 2017 NSF-CAREER award for the project entitled:
  • "Integrated Modeling and Control of Aftertreatment Systems for Clean, Efficient and High-Performing Gasoline Direct Injection Engines"

  • On Clemson News

  • On The Greenville News

  • Feb. 2017

  • Simona Onori [People in Control] Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): 23 - 25
  • Control System Magazine link to the article

    Jan. 2017

  • Five papers accepted at the 2017 American Control Conference on a) battery modeling, b) emission modeling and control and c) engine control. See you in Seattle!
  • Oct 2016

  • ANNOUNCEMENT: PostDoc Position available in Onori's group in the Energy&Control thrust area. Applicants should have a background and hold a passion for modeling, optimization and control. Proficiency with Matlab and Simulink is required. CV and further enquiries should be directed to
  • Oct. 12, Clemson University (Drs. Hoffman and Onori) in partneship with Corning (Ameya Josh) will hold a Workshop on Mitigating Gasoline Particulate Emissions: Challenges and Best Practices at CU-ICAR as part of the 2016 ASME ICEF Internal Combustion Engine Fall Technical Conference
  • Sept 2016

  • Sept. 30 Seminar on "Lithium-ion Battery Dynamics Research: Multiscale Modeling and Aging Optimization in Battery Pack", School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • Sept. 29 Seminar on "Advances in Modeling and Estimation of Three Way Catalytic ConvertersSchool of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
  • Sept 14, Seminar on "Advanced battery management system design for Li-ion battery diagnostics and control", Boeing Battery Community of Practice
  • August 2016

  • August 29, Seminar on "Hybrid Energy Storage Systems: experiments, modeling and estimation", US TARDEC, Warren, MI.
  • June 2016 

  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles: Control and Optimization STUTTGART INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL MOBILITY. FKFS, University of Stuttgard
  • May 2016 

  • May 19, Seminar on “Modeling and Estimation of Three Way Catalytic Converter”, PRISME University of Orléans, Orléans, France
  • Visiting Professor, Laboratoire de Mecanique et Energetique, Université d'Orléans, France
  • 2016 Energy Leadership Award Winner in the category Emerging Leader. Award ceremony May 12 @ the 2016 Energy Inc. Summit, Charlotte, NC
  • Feb. 2016 

  • Media Coverage SAE Update - February 2016
  • Jan. 2016 

  • Springer has published our book!
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles Energy Management Strategies, Authors: Simona Onori, Lorenzo Serrao, Giorgio Rizzoni. SpringerBriefs in Electrical and Computer Engineering


    Dec. 2015 

  • Clemson researcher gets InnoVision award, Media Coverage GSA Business
  • Elected IEEE Senior Member

    Nov 2015 

  • Nov. 17, Sustainability Award winner by InnoVision, within the State of South Carolina
  • Nov. 12-13, Planning Meeting - National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Real-Time Intelligence for Smart Electric Grid Operations (RISE). RISE is collaboratively proposed by Clemson University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Kansas State University

    Oct 2015 

  • Proceedings of the 4th IFAC Workshop on Engine and Powertrain Control, Simulation and Modeling E-COSM 2015 Columbus, Ohio, USA, 23-26 August 2015, Edited by Simona Onori, Volume 48, Issue 15, Pages 1-470 (2015) are available online. Go to IFAC-PapersOnLine

    Sept 2015 

  • Sept 22, Finalists Reception of InnoVision Sustainability Award, Columbia, SC
  • Sept 1, Invited Speaker @ IEEE-Boeing NextTech Series, The Boeing Company, Huntsville, Alabama
    July/Aug 2015 

  • IEEE Control System Magazine August 2015 Volume 35 Number 4
  • Technical Committee on Automatic Controls [Technical Activities] Onori, S. Page(s): 18 - 64

  • July 27-31 and August 3-7 (GIRLS ONLY course), Clemson University Summer Scholars Camp on Sustainable Transportation for 10th — 12th graders (Link). Organizers: Simona, Srikanth Pilla, Fadi Abu-Farha (AuE CU)
  • July 1, 2015 ACC WeB01: Battery Health Management System for Automotive Applications, Organizers: Simona and Hosam Fathy (PennState)

    June 2015 

  • June 24-26, Stuttgart International Summer School Mobility, 2015, University of Stuttgart
    System Competence in Electric, Hybrid (Electric and Hydraullic) Powertrains, Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics-FKFS
  • June 2-5, Invited Lecturer at the National Engineering Lab for Electric Vehicles - Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China
    May 2015 

  • Media Coverage Hybrid battery research gets international attention, Paul Alongi, College of Engineering and Science
  • Media Coverage Researcher’s hybrid battery work gets international attention, GSA Business News
    Feb 2015

  • Poster Session on Battery Research at CU-ICAR  - Anirudh Allam (MS), Haimo Bi (MS), Harikesh Arunachalam (PhD), Liuwang Kang  (PhD) @ the  Batteries, Super Capacitors, Fuel Cells & EV`s Seminar by Shmuel De-Leon Energy, Ltd  February 9-10, 2015 - Greenville, SC, USA

    Jan 2015

  • Proceeding Editor, 2015 IFAC Workshop on Engine and Powertrain Control, Simulation and Modeling
  • International Programs Chair, 2015 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control (DSC) Conference
  • Appointed, Vice-Chair Technical Committee TC 7.1. Automotive Control

    Dec 2014


  • Appointed, Chair of IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Automotive Controls by the CSS Board of Governors - Dec. 14th, 2014
  • IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC) 2014, Dec. 17-19 Florence, Italy (Link)
  • Invited Speaker at the Modeling of Energy Storage/Conversion: From the Molecular to The Vehicle Level Workshop, Dec. 11, 2014, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
  • Opponent of Doctoral Dissetation on State-of-Health Estimation of Li-ion Batteries: Ageing Models , Ph.D. Candidate: Jens Groot. Division of Electric and Power Engineering, Dec. 12, 2014, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden

    Nov 2014


  • Visiting Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento, Italy
  • Received a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering, Clemson Univeristy

    July 2014

  • Tutorial on "Advances in battery system design for electrified vehicles", IEEE IECON 2014 (Link)


    June 2014


  • IEEE CSS appointed Dr. Simona Onori as CEB Associate Editor
  • June 25-27 - International Summer School Mobility - University of Stuttgart FKFS
  • Tuesday, June 3rd, 1:30-5:30pm - Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, Portland, OR Workshop on Developing Battery Management Systems Using Model-Based Design Organizers: Simona Onori, Federico Baronti, ACC 14 (Link)
  • [ From left to right: Kevin Rzemien, Federico Baronti, Robyn Jackey, Simona Onori ]


    May 2014

  • Attending the ARC Conference, Univerisity of Michigan (Link)

    Apr 2014


  • The paper on Energy Management Design in Hybrid Electric Vehicles: a novel optimality and stability framework by Roberto Mura, Vadim Utkin, Simona Onori has been accepted to IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

    Mar 2014


  • Book Chapter: Simona Onori, Model-based optimal energy management strategies for hybrid electric vehicles” in Optimization and Optimal Control in Automotive Systems - Lect. Notes in Control and Inf. Science, Ed. Harald Waschl, Ilya Kolmanovsky, Maarten Steinbuch, Luigi del Re is now availeble (Link)

    Feb 2014


  • Paper on Insight into the HEV/PHEV optimal control solution based on a new tuning method by Carlos Guardiola, Ben Pla, Simona Onori and Giorgio Rizzoni has been accepted to Control Engineering Practice (available online)
  • Attending the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) in Atlanta (Link)
    June 2015 

  • June 24-26, Stuttgart International Summer School Mobility, 2015, University of Stuttgart
    System Competence in Electric, Hybrid (Electric and Hydraullic) Powertrains, Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics-FKFS
  • June 2-5, Invited Lecturer at the National Engineering Lab for Electric Vehicles -Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China
    Jan 2014

  • Stefano and Carlo join CU-ICAR as visiting scholars from Politecnico di Milano. Stefano will work on aging propagation in battery systems and Carlo will conduct research on periodic optimal control
  • Our proposal for a half-day workshop at the 2014 ACC on:
    "Developing Battery Management Systems using Model-Based Design" has been accepted! (Link)/Augu
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