Brad Hieb, an applications engineer and representative from EcoCAR 2 sponsor MathWorks came to visit the Penn State University Advanced Vehicle Team’s (PSU AVT) facilities during a PSU AVT weekly team meeting in February. He spent several hours working with co-team leader Luke Shepley and several other controls team members, including Saul Gonzalez, Mike Jin and Casey Litchfield.
“He has a lot of experience in the automotive industry and automotive applications of certain programming,” Shepley said. “He also used to work with the Formula One competition, so I feel like he really understands what we’re working toward here in EcoCAR 2.”
Hieb met with the engineers in the PSU AVT facilities and sat down to explain MathWorks’ product Simulink. He taught the controls members how it can be used to simulate general combustion engines. The visit helped the engineers to better understand Simulink programming for use in competition and design, and also sparked a new relationship between PSU AVT and this important sponsor.
Team members are excited that they can now put a face to the MathWorks name and use Hieb as a mentor and resource throughout the competition.
“Brad was very open to answering any questions we had,” Gonzalez said. “It was great to have him at our facilities to pick his brain. He definitely seems like a great resource to use in the future.”
PSU AVT looks forward to continuing this relationship with MathWorks and other valued sponsors as the team keeps working toward the end of Year One!