Professor Grant Anthony Covic

BE (Hons), PhD

Biography

  • Grant is a full professor at the University of Auckland. In the mid 90’s he began working with Prof. John Boys to develop the technology of resonant Inductive (contact-less) Power Transfer (IPT) and in the early 2000’s they began jointly leading a team focused on AGV applications for traditional markets, and redeveloping EV charging solutions.
  • Today Grant’s research and consulting interests are focused on industrial solutions using IPT. Over the past 15 years he has published more than 100 international refereed papers in this field, worked with over 40 postgraduates and filed over 40 patents, all of which are licensed to various global companies in specialised application fields.

    In 2010 he co-founded (with John) a new global start-up company “HaloIPT” focusing on electric vehicle (EV) wireless charging infrastructure and was joint head of research from formation until sale. 

Distinctions/Honours

Grant has been awarded the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Prize, the Vice Chancellors commercialisation medal and the KiwiNet research commercialisation awards for scientific research which has seen outstanding commercial success.

While operating as joint head of research in HaloIPT the team was also awarded the Clean Equity Monaco award for excellence in the field of environmental engineering and two NZ clean innovation awards in the emerging innovator and design and engineering categories.

Grant is a senior member of IEEE and a fellow of both the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, and the Royal Society of New Zealand.  Presently he heads inductive power research at the UoA and co-leads the interoperability sub-team within the SAE J2954 wireless charging standard for EVs.

Areas of expertise

Inductive Power Transfer , Magnetics Modelling, and Power Electronics

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 903 - Bldg 903
Level 4, Room 446
262 KHYBER PASS
NEWMARKET
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand