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Severinsky, Dr. Alex

Severinsky, Dr. Alex
Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2181 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Research Interests 

  • Synthetic manufacturing of fuels
  • Hyperdrive power-amplified internal combustion engine power train


Dr. Severinsky is the inventor of the Hyperdrive power-amplified internal combustion engine power train used in the Toyota Prius and other vehicles, as well as the founder and Chairman Emeritus of PAICE Corporation, which licenses the Hyperdrive to hybrid vehicle manufacturers.  In 2006, Dr. Severinsky resigned as CEO of PAICE and became CEO of Fuelcor LLC, an intellectual property development and management company.  Dr. Severinsky holds 30 patents in the United States with numerous patent filings in countries worldwide.


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Institute for Precision Measurements in Radioelectronics and Physics, (Moscow, Russia), 1975
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Kharkov College of Radioelectronics (Kharkov, Ukraine), 1967

Honors and Awards 

  • 2008 - Inductee into the A. James Clark School of Engineering Innovation Hall of Fame, University of Maryland
  • 2009 - Thomas A. Edison Patent Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Professional Memberships and Service 

Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Related News 

Paice LLC, Toyota Reach Patent Settlement
Toyota agrees to license Clark School professor and board member's patents for hybrid vehicle technology. August 4, 2010

Severinsky to Receive Prestigious ASME Patent Award
ME Visiting Professor, Alex Severinsky, Wins Edison Award June 16, 2009

Spring Engineering Commencement Ends on a Delightful Note
ME department says a fond farewell to 2009 graduates. June 9, 2009

Clark School Holds 2009 Commencement
Conservation advocate Philip Hannam serves as student speaker. May 27, 2009

Severinsky to Speak at Commencement
Prius hybrid engine inventor to address Clark School graduates. April 24, 2009

Clark School Honors Hybrid Engine Inventor
Severinsky joins Innovation Hall of Fame, inspires White Symposium on IP rights. October 31, 2008

Honor for Hybrid Power System Inventor
Alex Severinsky is 2008 Clark School Innovation Hall of Fame inductee.
September 11, 2008