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Grant Covic

Grant Covic

Auckland Campus Director

University of Auckland, New Zealand

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Grant Covic is a full professor with the Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering Department at The University of Auckland. He began working on inductive power transfer in the mid 90’s, and by early 2000’s was jointly leading a team focused on AGV and EV charging solutions. He has published more than 200 international refereed papers in this field, worked with over 30 PhDs and filed over 40 patent families, all of which are licensed to various global companies in specialised application fields. Together with John Boys he co-foundered HaloIPT and was awarded the NZ Prime Minister’s Science Prize, amongst others for successful scientific and commercialization of this research. He is a senior member of IEEE, and a fellow of both Engineering New Zealand, and the Royal Society of New Zealand. Presently he heads inductive power research at the UoA, is directing a government funded research program on stationary and dynamic wireless charging of EVs within the road, while also co-leading the interoperability sub-team within SAE J2954 wireless charging standard for EVs.