Electromagnetic Variable Valve Actuation – A Comparison of Three Potential Solutions


After receiving his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1997, Dr. Seethaler worked for BMW AG in Germany in the engine research department. During his time there, he developed mechatronic systems for enhancing engine efficiency. His main focus was on electromagnetic valves where he received numerous patents. In 2006, Dr. Seethaler joined the University of British Columbia where his research interests continue to focus on mechatronic applications in the automotive sector such as the development of new electromagnetic valve drives or health monitoring and control of piezoelectric fuel injectors.