Patrick Phillips is pursuing his Bachelor's of Science in automotive engineering. He expects to graduate in December 2018. Patrick joined the team during Year 2 of the EcoCAR 3 competition as a mechanical team member. Starting in Year 4, Patrick became the project manager for the team. He would like to work in the automotive industry after graduation.
Hayden Hostetler is currently a senior at Arizona State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a focus in Mechanical Engineering. He has experience in MATLAB, Simulink, Nastran, and NX 10. Hayden has been on the project since year one of EcoCAR 3, and became the Mechanical Sub Team Lead in year three. Since then, he has been part of the SMS team, and in year 4 he transitioned into the Engineering Manager position. In this position he leads a group of multidisciplinary engineers across 5 different sub-teams (ADAS, Innovation, Mechanical, Electrical, and Controls). Hayden plans on pursuing a career in the automotive industry where he will design, develop, and innovate complex vehicle subsystems.
Mattie Whitt is a proud Sun Devil at Arizona State University who is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management at the W.P. Carey School of Business. She plans to graduate May of 2019. Her goal is to continue leading those around her while in the business industry. Her objective for Y4 of the competition is to continue connecting with the Arizona community and sharing the messages of Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions.
Pierre Wilson is a sophomore at Arizona State University pursuing a BSE in Automotive Systems. His goal is to secure a job in the automotive industry to pursue his passion for modeling and developing vehicles as well as the complex subsystems within them. Currently, as the Systems Modeling and Simulations team lead, Pierre analyzes the power train for performance and efficiency to reach vehicle target specifications. He also provides support to other engineering teams, and plays a role in supervisory controller testing/logic validation. He has experience with Matlab, Simulink, and industry test methods such as software in the loop/model in the loop testing(MIL/SIL).
Monica Hsu is currently a graduate student at Arizona State University with focus in vehicle control system. She has experience in MATLAB/Simulink, Vector/CANoe and, ETAS-INCA. Monica joined EcoCAR 3 in year3, and became the Controls Team Lead in the second semester of year three. In this position she offers technical assistance, advise and knowledge transfer to junior team members. On the technical side, she is responsible for the robustness of supervisory controller and assist with troubleshooting electrical system. Monica plans on pursuing a career in automotive industry and ultimately achieve her goal to build a vehicle with zero fatalities by utilizing her expertise in vehicle controls system.
Andrew Agrusa is a Sun Devil Alum, returning to pursue a masters in engineering focusing his time on vehicle controls systems. Andrew joined the team in year 4 of the competition and became Controls Team Lead Assist during the first semester. He has experience in MATLAB/Simulink, Vector/CANoe and ETAS-INCA. In this position, he optimizes and test hybrid supervisory control logic. He also provides support to other engineering teams during vehicle testing. Andrew plans on pursuing a career in the automotive industry where he will design, develop and innovate vehicle controls systems.
Brandon Larson has been part of EcoCAR 3 since February 2017 as the Electrical Team Lead. He has integrated many subsystems that run the Camaro’s low voltage and high voltage systems. While pursuing a master’s degree, a thesis focusing on high voltage power transfer is being researched on the electric motor and high voltage batteries. Brandon has always had a passion for electrical devices and is looking forward to what the future will hold.
Mitch Brown is studying Mechanical Engineering at ASU. With a passion for anything automotive, EcoCAR 3 was a natural fit. The mechanical team is responsible for taking all of the components necessary to make a hybrid electric vehicle and cramming them into the Camaro. As Team Lead, Mitch oversees component refinements, vehicle testing, and analysis of the mechanical systems. Knowledge transfer is very important for building a successful, well-educated team. The mechanical team has a number of new team members and helping them learn about the vehicle with its vast array of hardware has been a main focus in year 4. Looking forward, Mitch hopes to join his EcoCAR alumni friends at GM.
Jared Lovesee is the Mechanical Team Lead Assist and is a Junior pursuing a degree in Automotive Engineering with minors in CAD and Manufacturing. Some of his tasks on the team include ensuring that all current and future projects are done on time and that any issues are brought to the Team Lead. He has been on the EcoCAR team since the beginning of 2017. He spends most of his time studying for classes and working on the EcoCAR. When he isn’t at school he enjoys going to car shows, going on long drives, and playing with his dog, Flossie. His dream is to work for a NASCAR team or Ford Performance after graduating from Arizona State University.
Advanced Driver Assistant Systems (ADAS) Team Lead
Venkatesh Balaji is a graduate student at Arizona State University pursuing a MS in Electrical Engineering. His goal is to pursue his interest of contributing to autonomous driving by focusing on Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and related systems, that ensure safer and secure transportation with at most passenger comfort. Having joined EcoCAR3 in year 4, he and his dedicated team members, under the guidance of the ADAS advisor Dr. Lina Karam and lead advisor Dr. Abdel Raouf Mayyas in collaboration with other faculty advisers and the team, are working on the primary goal of integrating the ADAS with the Camaro and making the system robust to take it to the next level. Being a part of the EcoCAR3 team, he learns the technical skills required to be a best fit in the industry, interact with tech giants ruling the auto industry and learns cultural aspects from the diverse workplace.
Trevor Lucero is currently a junior level student at Arizona State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a focus in Mechanical Engineering. He joined EcoCAR 3 as a Mechanical team member and became highly proficient with SolidWorks and Siemens NX10. As a mechanical team member, he designed and integrated multiple components for the Camaro, including a custom-made engine oil pan. For Y4, Trevor has taken on the role of Innovation Team lead for the EcoCAR project. He works with modeling software such as MATLAB and Simulink to develop algorithms that optimize Hybrid-Electric-Vehicle power management to increase fuel economy. Trevor loves being a part of the ASU EcoCAR family and has plans for higher education after graduation.
Abdel Mayyas, Ph.D., has more than 15 years of experience in the automotive industry and is an assistant professor of automotive engineering. His research focus is in model-based automotive system integration, VHiL, and thermal management of advanced propulsion systems. Dr. Mayyas oversees the ASU EcoCAR 3 Team activities.
effrey Wishart is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Automotive Systems Department of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering College at ASU. Dr. Wishart conducts research and development on products and services in the areas of energy, environment, and advanced transportation. Dr. Wishart has authored numerous papers and reports on these topics, including advanced powertrain vehicles. automated driving vehicles, electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), and advanced energy storage systems.
Dr. Wishart has over 10 years of experience in the advanced transportation and energy areas. In addition to automotive industry positions, focusing primarily on testing and research of advanced powertrains for the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. Wishart also worked for several years at a utility company in Queensland, Australia, conducting research into emerging energy technologies and also in Asset Management.
A Canadian, Dr. Wishart has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria, an M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Saskatchewan, and a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics (Mechanical Engineering Minor) from the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Contes graduated from ASU in 1973 and started his automotive career at the General Motors Desert Proving Ground in Mesa, Arizona. As an automotive engineer, he worked in all areas of vehicle development including ride and handling, brake testing and powertrain testing and development. He retired from GM in 2008 with 35 years of service. As Faculty Advisor, he is highly invloved with the SAE Baja racing team and also EcoCAR 3, a four year future vehicle developed program run by the U.S Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboritories and sponsored by General Motors. These programs are now part of the developing automotive program at ASU's Polytechnic campus. Through a number of automotive classes and their associated lab experiences, he prepares Polytechnic engineering students to enter the exciting and fulfilling career field as automotive engineers.