Omar Taha Hegazy (SMâ€™09) was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1978. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt, where he is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Energy Technology (ETEC), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. His current research interests include Power Electronics, Renewable Energy, Control Systems, Drive Systems, Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Power Management Strategies and Optimization Techniques.