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Severinsky, Dr. Alex

Severinsky, Dr. Alex

Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
2181 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088


  • 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


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.


  • 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)


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

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

Paice LLC, Toyota Reach Patent Settlement

Toyota agrees to license Clark School professor and board member's patents for hybrid vehicle technology.

Severinsky to Receive Edison Patent Award

Inventor honored for hybrid engine design used in Toyota vehicles.

Clark School Holds 2009 Commencement

Conservation advocate Philip Hannam serves as student speaker.

Severinsky to Speak at Commencement

Prius hybrid engine inventor to address Clark School graduates.

Honor for Hybrid Power System Inventor

Alex Severinsky is 2008 Clark School Innovation Hall of Fame inductee.