Trevor Ford is the team’s project manager. He is from Piedmont, Alabama and now studies mechanical engineering at UA. Trevor has been on the UA EcoCAR 3 Team for 1 year, and he says he chose to join the team because “I knew I would enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary team with such a fun group of people. I love working collaboratively and EcoCAR seemed like the best organization on campus to do that."
Josh Stoddard is the team’s engineering manager. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, he is now pursuing his master of science in mechanical engineering as well as his master of business administration at The University of Alabama. Josh has been on the UA EcoCAR 3 Team for three years. Josh says he loves EcoCAR 3 "because it gives me an opportunity to work on advanced automotive systems with a great group of teammates that very few students get to access."
Bethany Corne is one of the team’s two communications managers. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Bethany now studies public relations and marketing at The University of Alabama. She has been on the team for two years. Bethany says she loves EcoCAR 3 because "the opportunities to grow my communications and marketing skills within EcoCAR 3 are unmatched by anything else on campus. Working with students across all disciplines closely simulates real jobs in the industry, and I'm honored to get to work on such an innovative team."
Ryan McNealy is the team’s systems safety manager. Originally from Maryville, Tennessee, Ryan now studies mechanical engineering and is on the STEM path to the MBA at The University of Alabama. When asked why he joined the UA EcoCAR 3 Team two years ago, Ryan said, "I chose to join EcoCar freshman year due to my interest in the automotive industry. At the time I could not have know the vast amount of hands on experience that EcoCar 3 would provide me."
Alex Matlock is the team’s mechanical lead. Alex is from Shelbyville, IL and now studies mechanical engineering while on the pre-med track at The University of Alabama. He has been on the UA EcoCAR 3 Team for one semester. Alex says, “EcoCAR 3 is great because it's cool seeing all the members of my subteam develop into capable engineers. Not too many folks leave college and ever work with their hands, while all of the people on my team have. These skills are invaluable. Personally I like doing difficult things. Hard work makes your food taste better."
Max Schrader is the team’s SMS lead. Max is both a mechanical engineering and German major from Waterloo, Illinois. He says he joined the team two years ago because “it is an invaluable opportunity to gain real-world experience in the automotive engineering field."
Josh Penn is the team’s assistant mechanical lead. He is a mechanical engineering major from Miami, Florida. Josh has spent three semesters on the UA EcoCAR 3 Team. When asked why he joined the team, Josh said, "I have been working on motor vehicles since I was about 12 years old, so I couldn't help but join EcoCAR 3."
Logan Phillips is the team’s electrical and computer engineering lead. He is a computer engineering major from Southside, Alabama. Logan has spent two semesters on the UA EcoCAR 3 Team. When asked why he joined the team, Logan replied, "EcoCAR is a challenge and opportunity that I found interest in. I like getting to work with cutting edge technologies."
Carter Boyle is the team’s low voltage electrical team lead during his fourth semester on the team. Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Carter now studies electrical engineering and physics at UA. "My passions are cars and clean energy, so joining EcoCAR 3 was really a no brainer. It's the only way you can design a car without spending a couple of years in the industry.”
Hunter Bates is spending his fourth semester on the UA EcoCAR 3 Team as the controls team lead. Hunter is a Meridianville, Alabama native and now studies electrical engineering at UA. "I wanted to do hands-on work in the electromechanical field for my graduate research, so EcoCAR was the perfect fit."
Dr. Paul Puzinauskas is a Mechanical Engineering professor his research interests include internal-combustion-engine combustion, heat transfer and instrumentation research. Currently, Puzinauskas and his students are working in three areas. The first is to improve optical combustion diagnostic capabilities and apply them to internal-combustion-engine analysis. The current focus of these efforts is a project funded by the National Science Foundation to develop a fiber-optic probe to simplify Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Laser-Induced Incandescence (LII) in harsh environments. The second area is the optimization of internal-combustion engines used for hybrid-electric-vehicle applications, and the third is to improve the understanding of the combustion kinetics controlling emission formation in diesel-spray combustion.
Dr. Yoon’s is a Mechanical Engineering professor his research interests include modeling, simulation, and control of dynamic systems. His current research is focused on smart materials and structures, structural health monitoring, and automotive systems modeling, simulation and control.
Professor Pope is a business professor within the STEM to MBA path program. Professor Pope teaches real-world business to STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) undergraduate students and his research interest include innovation and the history of technology.
Dr. Tim Haskew’s research interests include electromechanical actuation, power electronics, and electric machines. Dr. Haskew is the Department Head for Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Alabama.
Dr. Morgan is the Executive Director for Innovation Initiatives at The University Alabama and also a Marketing Professor. His research interest include Marketing strategy, relationship marketing, market and competitive analysis, industrial marketing, channels of distribution, electronic commerce, building customer loyalty, and e-business/commerce strategy.