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Simona Onori

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Associate Professor
Energy Science and Engineering

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Degrees / Education

  • Ph.D.: University of Rome, ‘’Tor Vergata”, Control Engineering
  • M.Sc.: University of New Mexico, Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Laurea (B.S. + M.S. equivalent): University of Rome, ‘’Tor Vergata”, Electrical and Computer Engineering, summa cum laude


Applications: Transportation and Utility Grid - Energy Storage and Conversion Systems - Lithium-ion and PbA batteries, Supercapacitors;  Emission Mitigation Devices - Gasoline Particulate Filters, Three Way Catalyst; Electrified Vehicles;  Grid-level Storage

Methods: First-Principle modeling; Estimation and Identification; Optimal Control & Optimization; Model Order Reduction, Model-based Diagnostics and Prognostics, Machine Learning

Experimental focus: battery aging and characterization, Hardware-in-the-loop and rapid control prototyping

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Department of Energy Science and Engineering Stanford University (2023 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor (by courtesy), Electrical Engineering, Stanford University (2019 - 2023)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Energy Science and Engineering Stanford University (2017 - 2023)
  • Adjunct Professor, Automotive Engineering, Clemson University (2017)
  • Visiting Professor, PRISME, University of Orléans (2016)
  • Invited Lecturer, National Engineering Lab for Electric Vehicles School of Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology (2015)
  • Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Joint Appointment), Clemson University (2014 - 2017)
  • Visiting Professor, Industrial Engineering Department, University of Trento, Italy (2014)
  • Assistant Professor of Automotive Engineering, Clemson University (2013 - 2017)
  • Adjunct Fellow, Center for Automotive Research (2011-2013)
  • Research Scientist, Senior Research Associate, Lecturer, Research Associate, The Ohio State University (2009 - 2013)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, The Ohio State University (2007 - 2009)
  • Control Engineer, Orbit and Attitude Spacecraft Control Division, Thales-Alenia Space, Rome, Italy (2007)
  • Test Engineer, IBM, Rome, Italy (2000-2002)

Honors & Awards

  • SAE Fellow (2022)
    • Dr. Onori is recognized for her groundbreaking research on vehicle electrification, energy storage technologies, and advanced estimation in tailpipe exhaust emission devices. Her novel contributions changed the landscape of energy optimization in advanced powertrains and electrochemical energy storage characterization.
  • IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award (2022) for paper [28]
    • “This award recognizes the paper’s originality, relevance of the application, clarity of exposition, and demonstrated impact on control systems technology.”
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award (as advisor), IEEE CCTA (2021)
  • U.S. C3E Women in Clean Energy, Mid-Career Research Award (2020)
  • Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) (2020-2022)
  • Editor in Chief, SAE International Journal of Electrified Vehicles (2020)
  • Board of Trustees Award for Excellence, Clemson University (2019)
  • Global Innovation Contest Award (category energy storage), LG Chem, Ltd/LG Energy Solution (2018)
  • Ralph R. Teetor Education Award from the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) International (2018)
  • CAREER National Science Foundation (2017)
  • Best Student Paper Award (as advisor), IEEE CCTA (2017)
  • Distinguished Visiting Professorship, PSG College of Technology, India (2017)
  • Faculty Fellows Award, College of Engineering and Science (three-year award), Clemson University (2017-2019)
  • Esin Gulari Leadership & Service Award College of Engineering, Clemson University (2017)
  • Energy Leadership Award, Energy Inc. Summit, Charlotte, NC, with recognition from North Carolina Senator, Thom Tillis (2017)
  • Sustainability Award, InnoVision State of South Carolina, with recognition from South Carolina U.S. Senator, Timothy E. Scott (2016)
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (2015)
  • Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award, College of Engineering, the Ohio State University (2012)
  • Outstanding Technology Team Award, TechColumbus (2011)
  • Outstanding Student Fellowship, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy (1997-2000)

Synergistic Activities

  • Chair, IEEE TC on Automotive Controls (2015-present)
  • Vice-Chair, IFAC TC on Automotive Control TC7.1 (2015-present)
  • Associate Editor, SAE International Journal of Alternative Powertrains (2012-present)
  • Associate Editor, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, American Control Conference) (2010-present)
  • Member, ASME Energy Systems Technical Committee (2012-present)
  • Member, IFAC Technical Committee Automotive Control (2010-present)
  • Member, IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Automotive Controls  (2009-present)
  • Member, IFAC Technical Committee on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes (SAFEPROCESS) (2009-present)
  • Member, ASME Automotive and Transportation Systems (ATS) Technical Committee (2008-present)


  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Member, The Electrochemical Society (ECS)