Dr. Thomas H. Bradley is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado State University. He has earned BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California - Davis, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with an emphasis in systems engineering and decision support. His primary research interests include the design of automotive, aerospace and energy systems; integrated controls and design optimization; and the validation of engineering design methods. Prior to his academic career, Bradley was the sole proprietor of an independent consulting company, performing hybrid electric vehicle design and control modeling for the Electric Power Research Institute in support of vehicle development programs at Ford, Daimler Chrysler and BAE Systems. Specific expertise relative to the proposed project includes: the development of tools and methodologies for design, assessment and optimization of energy and power plant systems and hybrid vehicles.
Jamison Bair is a first year graduate student pursuing a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. Jamison became involved with the EcoCAR 3 program during Year 2 where he was the CSU Battery Team Lead. His interests include designing and building energy storage systems as well as researching advanced manufacturing techniques dealing specifically with composite materials and additive manufacturing. Jamison recently returned from an internship at Tesla Motors and would like to continue working in the automotive or renewable energy industries after graduation. He is also the Colorado State University SAMPE (Society of Material and Process Engineering) Student Chapter President. Outside of school Jamison owns and operates his own licensed painting and remodeling company. He is an accomplished golfer, passionate sports fan, and enjoys skiing and (when time allows) deep sea fishing.
David Baker is working towards his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. He earned a BS in Applied Physics from State University of New York at Geneseo. His primary research interests include controls optimization of hybrid powertrains through predicting and sensing, and hybrid vehicle modeling. As the Engineering Manager for EcoCAR 3, he is tasked with overseeing all technical sub-teams in the areas of mechanical and electrical systems, modeling and simulation in addition to controls engineering.
Vipin Kumar Kukkala is a graduate student in ECE department, pursuing his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Colorado State University. His research interests include Next generation automotive networks, Real time and Multi core embedded systems and Cyber security. In addition he is also focused on Control Systems development for Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Control Software Optimization, and Model based system design. Vipin earned his Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communications Engineering at JNTU Hyderabad, India in Spring 2013. He joined Colorado State University for Masters in Electrical Engineering in Fall 2013 and started his PhD in Fall 2015. Throughout his undergraduate and graduate research Vipin has worked on multiple projects in the areas of controls systems, robotics, embedded systems, and Image processing. He is currently working on synthesizing reliable schedules for automotive ECUs and enhancing network security in next generation automobiles. This is his third year as a ECE graduate research assistant for CSU EcoCAR3. His hobbies includes photography, hiking and traveling.
Haneet Mahajan is a graduate student at Colorado State University specializing in automotive systems safety. His plan is to graduate with a degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering by December 2016. He is the Systems Safety Engineer for Colorado State’s Vehicle Innovation Team and his primary responsibilities include performing hazard analysis and risk management techniques, and coordinating the overall systems safety processes. He is performing research on a modern hazard analysis method for complex software-intensive systems called Systems Theoretic Process Analysis by applying it on a Lane Keeping Assist system. He hopes to use the skills attained from his work and academics to develop certain safety standards and risk assessment models for hybrid, electric and autonomous vehicles, as he believes they are the future of the industry.
Garrison Bennet is a junior studying Speech Communication at Colorado State University. Prior to joining Ecocar3, he spent five years working on various political campaigns and non-profit organizations. His passion for being a part of groups who work hard to make change happen led him to his current position as a communications manager. In this role, he hopes to greatly raise awareness about the innovations that are being made daily from Ecocar3 engineers. Beyond communications work, some of his favorite activities include running, photography, and camping.
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The CSU EcoCAR3 Mechanical Team is made up of eight senior Mechanical Engineering students. We are diverse in both our strengths, including machining and computer-aided design (CAD), and our interests, ranging from the automotive industry to administrative work. As we have a variety of responsibilities, collaborating with one another and the other EcoCAR3 teams is essential. Our goal is to have all systems integrated into the Camaro and working efficiently by the end of the 2017 school year.
The CSU Keysight team for year 3 is working primarily on high-voltage systems in the EcoCAR. They will be performing tests and integrations to improve the performance, efficiency, and reliability of the electric motor, inverter, and battery. The team has a diverse set of skills and interests, and when they’re not focused on work, the team pursues activities such as playing guitar, running, playing soccer or football, building battlebots, biking, and sandboarding.
The Controls team is made up of Colorado State University Electrical, Computer and Mechanical engineering major seniors. The team works together to create wiring diagrams, computer simulations and program the vehicle control system. The team also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and biking. Many of the group members enjoy getting together when their work is done for a beer at one of the many great microbreweries in Northern Colorado.
The Innovation Team for Colorado State University’s EcoCAR 3 Year 3 is comprised of six Mechanical Engineering students. The team is conducting research on running a 2.4L Ecotec engine with high-temperature coolant. The team will modify the engine for high-temperature operation, conduct thermal and load testing, and integrate the high-temperature coolant engine in the 2016 Camaro for the EcoCAR 3 competition if the engine is determined to be feasible. The team is comprised of Project Manager Skylyr Gray, senior team members Josh Blauser, Orion Hayes, Karl Wahl, Giovanni Velez, and undergraduate VIP member Logan Peltz. Some of the activities that we enjoy are skiing, baseball, exercising, and watching movies. We are passionate about this year’s project and excited to see how our Innovation contributions benefit the EcoCAR 3 team in spring competition.
The CSU EcoCar3 Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) Team works to provide the driver of the EcoCar Camaro with feedback about the surrounding driving environment in an effort to make driving safer. The team will actualize the installation of cameras on board the Camaro and the development of computer vision algorithms to detect and track pedestrians, vehicles, and road signs. ADAS team members include Computer Engineering Seniors Jordan Tunnell, the project lead, Drew Devos, and Derek Isabelle. The team operates under the supervision of Dr. Sudeep Pasricha and graduate student Vipin Kumar.
The CSU EcoCAR 3 Composites Team is made up of seven senior mechanical engineering students and one junior mechanical engineering VIP student. Team members’ interests and skill concentrations include CAD design, aerospace, automotive, composite material manufacturing, additive manufacturing, ski manufacturing, bicycle riding & manufacturing, and playing ultimate frisbee. We are all excited to contribute to the EcoCAR 3 objective of redesigning a Chevrolet Camaro into a parallel plug in hybrid-electric vehicle to reduce its environmental impact while maintaining the muscle and performance expected through 2018. The composites team is working hard to design, analyze, and fully integrate composite components into the vehicle to reduce weight and, thus, improve energy efficiency.