Dr. David Blekhman is a Professor in the Power, Energy and Transportation program in the Department of Technology at CSULA. Dr. Blekhman received his B.S.-M.S., in Thermal Physics and Engineering from St. Petersburg State Technical University, Russia, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2002 from SUNY Buffalo. Joining CSULA in 2007, Dr. Blekhman is a PI and Co-PI on multiple research and educational grants and the technical director for the CSULA hydrogen refueling and research facility. Bringing emerging "green jobs" opportunities to his students, Dr. Blekhman is actively developing the program by offering new courses such as Fuel Cell Technologies, Photovoltaics, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles etc. Dr. Blekhman was awarded the 2011-2012 Fulbright Scholarship and has appeared in the Discovery Channel “Prophets of the Science Fiction” series.
Melissa Hernandez is the Project Manager for Cal State LA's EcoCAR 3 team for Year 3 of competition. Her previous experience consists of two years of team participation; she was the Electrical & Computer Engineering Co-Lead for Year 2. Melissa is a senior transfer student from San Diego, CA, Melissa began pursuing engineering due to her interest in taking things apart, learning how they functioned, and successfully putting them back together. This interest led to her part-time work with Apple doing repairs and modifying products. Melissa decided she wanted to turn what she loved into a career and went back to school to pursue her Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. Because of her passion for emerging technologies within the renewable energy sector, she joined the Cal State LA team, as the scope of the project places her within working in that domain. After graduating, she wants to pursue a career in research and design; therefore, she hopes to get an internship and then later, earn her Master’s and PhD.
Hsueh Miao "Mike" Chen, is the Engineering Manager for Cal State La’s EcoCAR 3 fpr year 3 of competition. He has been part of the EcoCAR competiton since the EcoCAR 2 competition. Mike is part of the Blended Mechanical Engineering Program; after graduating Spring 2017, he will have earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Upon graduation, he wants to work in the automobile industry for General Motors.
Rubi Mora is a junior pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is the Systems Engineering Lead for Cal State LA EcoCAR 3. She is originally from Santa Ana Tecolapa, Mexico. She chose to pursue engineering because the field offers the opportunity to explore, test and bring a variety of ideas, designs, and projects to life. What excites her about EcoCAR is the development process of the vehicle. She states “It is a challenge working with competition rules and deadlines, but EcoCAR is the place where I get to create, experiment and implement new ideas to enhance team performance” After graduation, Rubi hopes to attend graduate school to earn her masters degree in Controls Engineering.
Manuel is the Mechanical Engineering lead for EcoCAR 3. He is originally from Veracruz, Mexico he decided to pursue his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering due to his interests for automobiles. His interests encouraged him to become a part of EcoCAR and apply the engineering principles he was taught in his courses. After graduation, Manuel hopes to start his career in the automotive industry with General Motors, BMW or Volkswagen as a design engineer focusing on structural design, powertrain systems, or exterior bodies.
Calvin Qiu is the Mechanical Engineering Co-Lead for Cal State LA EcoCAR 3. Calvin came to Cal State LA at the age of 15 as part of the university’s Early Entrance Program which allows qualified students as young as 11 years old the opportunity to excel at the university level. Calvin chose to pursue his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering because he wanted to design a personal Iron Man suit. In the future, he hopes to work for Audi, BMW or Lamborghini, as a Powertrain Engineer or Vehicle Designer.
Justin has been a part of the Cal State L.A. EcoCAR team since the EcoCAR 2 competition; he is currently the Controls/SMS lead. He has an interest in electronics, automotive design and manufacturing. He has an Associate’s Degree in Biological and Physical Sciences and is currently enrolled in the blended program, which allows him to earn both his Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems.
Yvette Sevillano is the current SMS lead for CSULA’s EcoCAR3 team. She is currently in her final year as a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student and seeks employment upon graduation. One of the reasons she joined EcoCAR was for the unique and tremendous opportunity offered by GM and Argonne National Laboratory. Yvette’s academic and professional interests include feedback of dynamic systems, controls and stability, but aside from academia, she enjoys spending time outdoors and discovering new food spots.
Nicholas Alvarado is an Electrical Engineering major with specializations in Biomedical and Computers. He is currently the Electrical Engineering Co-Lead for Cal State LA’s EcoCAR 3 team. Nick states “I gain my most creative ideas while I play the guitar, such as designing pedals for his guitar.” After graduation, Nick hopes to begin his career at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab working on cutting-edge technology for the betterment of science.
Morgan Cook is a graduate student in electrical engineering and has been on the EcoCAR3 ECE team since year 2. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Cal State Long Beach, he decided to take on the difficult task of switching to electrical engineering out of a desire to help develop cleaner technologies; eventually narrowing his focus to EV's and HEV's. Having quickly adapted to his new field, he is now serving as one of CSULA’s ECE Team Leads as well as being Controls/SMS graduate research assistant. After graduating in Spring 2018, Morgan hopes to become a controls engineer for electric vehicles.
Viraj Bhakta is an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science. His interest in Computer Science began in high school while taking a web development course. He was amazed and captivated by the ability to create a webpage. Through hard work, dedication, and having a positive attitude he now serves as Innovations Lead. After graduation, he hopes to get into cyber security for the government.
Jossie Gallardo is an undergraduate, Human Resources major with a minor in Economics. She is originally from Mexicali, Baja California. She chose a career pathway in the business management field because it gives her the opportunity to be involved and understand the different dynamics of the work place. Her favorite part about EcoCAR is having the opportunity to work with a variety of different majors, personalities and backgrounds for one common goal. It is a challenging experience, but she’s found that EcoCAR is a place where new ideas are experimented and implemented to improve the teams dynamic. Post graduation, Jossie hopes to attend graduate school and work for the Human Resources Department at a university level.