Shima Nazari is an assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California Davis. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2019 and her B.S. and M.S. from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Prior to joining UC Davis she was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley Model Predictive Control Laboratory. Her research is focused on control systems development with application to vehicle electrification, automation and advanced energy systems. She has received several awards for her work on the application of optimal and model predictive controllers to automotive systems including best paper award at 2018 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference for developing an optimal controller for a novel switching mode hybrid device, ASME Automotive and Transportation Systems best paper award at 2019 American Control Conference for her work on combining automation and hybridization through optimal planning and control, and outstanding presentation award from the 2019 SAE World Congress for her work on an online optimal controller for a hybrid electric powertrain. Shima was selected as a rising star in mechanical engineering in 2019.