Greg Chipman attended Brigham Young University in Utah and graduated in April 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. He decided to chose chemical engineering because he liked math and chemistry and he wanted to make a difference. Currently, Greg is a third year grad student pursuing a PhD in chemical engineering. Greg is most looking forward to the EcoCAR 3 project as an opportunity to develop his leadership skills, gain knowledge that will help him to become an influential contributor in shaping the transportation of the future, and a chance to serve and promote engineering and hybrid technology to others.
Lee Sargent is completing his masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, where he was the EcoCAR 2 team captain his junior year. He joined EcoCAR 2 after attending a Challenge X outreach event while his older sister was touring MSU. This is Lee’s 5th year in the EcoCAR Challenge series, currently acting as Georgia Tech’s Engineering Manager. When not in the shop, he enjoys working on trucks, sharpening his welding skills and practicing ballroom dancing.
Molly Jackson is a Senior at Georgia State University majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Hospitality Administration, including Event Management and Tradeshow Organization. This is her first year on EcoCAR 3 and is currently acting as Georgia Tech’s Communications Manager. Molly was recommended for the GTEC3 Team from one of her professor’s at GSU. After learning more about the program, and the opportunity to help spread awareness on clean, renewable energy for the environment, she was excited to get more involved and dive into EcoCAR 3. Molly became more passionate about PR after acting as a Public Relations Specialist for nonprofit organizations in Cuenca and Guayaquil, Ecuador this past summer where she created social media and marketing plans, and helped communities become more involved with their local NGOs. Before EcoCAR 3, Molly worked as a wardrobe stylist for two years. In her spare time she still expresses her passion for fashion and design through clothing, painting, and drawing.
Matthew Brasselle is a third year student at Georgia Tech majoring in Mechanical Engineering. This is his second semester with EcoCAR, and is currently acting as Georgia Tech’s Mechanical Sub-Team Lead. Matthew started working on cars in high school, but didn’t have as many resources available to him as he does now at Georgia Tech. He heard about EcoCAR 3 from his advisor and thought it would be great job experience, and an opportunity to improve his mechanical skills, which he didn’t have in high school. Matthew has a twin, Trevor, who is also on GTEC3 as a Mechanical Engineer. When not in the shop Matthew is working on developing and producing his own 3D printer.
Austin Matthews is a second year student at Georgia Tech majoring in Mechanical Engineering. This is his second semester with EcoCAR, and is currently acting as Georgia Tech’s Mechanical Sub-Team Lead. When he was younger Austin and his grandfather worked on a 1980 Corvette, and cars have been a huge part of his life since then. Austin heard about EcoCAR 3 from his advisor and thought it was a great opportunity to meet people with similar interests and be more involved at school. Although he loves to build and get his hands dirty, when Austin is not in the shop he enjoys practicing the bassoon as a member of the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra.
Sterling Smith is a fourth year student at Georgia Tech majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. This is his fourth semester on the EcoCAR 3 team, and is currently serving as the Electrical Sub-Team Lead. As a second year at Georgia Tech, he stumbled across EcoCAR 3 while looking for an extracurricular hands-on learning experience. This, along with his interest in high-performance vehicles and passion for clean, renewable energy made EcoCAR 3 a wonderful team to pursue. For Sterling, being on the team provided a great opportunity to explore and understand the challenges faced when designing an efficient, high-performance powertrain meant to utilize energy generated by renewable means. Being an EcoCAR 3 vet, Sterling continues to expand his knowledge and familiarity with hybrid-electric technologies and enjoys the contributions he has been able to provide the team. A few years ago Sterling attempted an 18-hole course with some friends. After struggling for three hours to complete three holes, they decided it was time to quit. While Sterling is out of the shop, he dreams of sharpening his golf skills.
Jessica Britt is a fourth year student at Georgia Tech majoring in Electrical Engineering. She has been on the EcoCAR 3 team since its first semester at Georgia Tech in 2014, and is currently acting as the SMS Sub-Team Lead. Jessica first became interested in cars while watching the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction with her father, and they would each guess how much each car would sell for. After a few years of father-daughter competition, she got pretty good at it! After hearing about the EcoCAR Challenge coming to Georgia Tech, Jessica thought it would be a great opportunity to learn something new and put her to vehicle knowledge to work. In Jessica’s spare time she runs a mission project called Kayla’s Kits for Foster Kids where her and her volunteers fill canvas bags with items children entering foster care may need. Since 2009, she has made nearly 1,200 Kayla’s Kits for children all over the state. In Summer 2017, Jessica plans to fill 500 bags for those in need.
Sean McNeil is a fourth year student at Georgia Tech majoring in Electrical Engineering. This is his second semester on EcoCAR 3, and is currently acting as Georgia Tech’s Controls Lead. He grew up in the Detroit area with both of his parents working as Mechanical Engineers, Sean has been passionate about the automotive world since he was 3 years old. He began saving for his first car from the age of 6 and bought his Pontiac Firebird the moment he turned 16. He began working on his car through regular maintenance and later upgrading components. Sean’s senior year of high school he spent his free time pursuing an ASE mechanic certification, spending three hours a day in an automotive service shop. After high school graduation he was eager to combine his knowledge of Electrical Engineering and specialization in Controls with his love of cars. EcoCAR ended up being a perfect fit. In addition to being an ex-certified mechanic, Sean is also a licensed forklift operator, and certified IT network technician. He loves cooking and enjoys trying out and perfecting new recipes. Sean is also a budding photography enthusiast.
Sandhya Sridhar is completing her masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, and is currently acting as the team’s ADAS Lead. She received her undergraduate degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering at PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore, India. Sandhya’s automotive career began at Mercedes-Benz R&D India, where she worked as a Control Engineer for two years on Engine and Exhaust systems of Daimler Heavy Duty trucks. She was able to connect with the product and take pride in the brand each time she was at the Unterturkhiem plant in Daimler AG, Germany. Sandhya’s experience in Germany fueled her to take up Automotive controls as her area of focus in her graduate study. In EcoCAR 3, she works on Computer Vision to support the driver assistance systems. Steering automotive engineering to autonomy is her long term goal. When Sandhya’s not behind the screen she likes to challenge herself to survive strictly off of candies. Her name is pronounced sun-dh-y-aa, like the sunshine she brings to the team!
Aravind Balasubramanian is completing his masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, and is currently serving as the team’s Innovation Team Lead. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the PES Institute of Technology in Bangalore, India. Aravind’s interest in vehicles started at a very young age. After completing his undergrad he started a career at General Motors where he worked on Electrical Architecture and Communication Systems development for future vehicles. This past summer, he interned at Polaris Industries and worked on designing Software Test Systems for ATVs and Motorcycles while learning about that niche segment. Aravind wanted to join EcoCAR 3 for the opportunity to develop advanced innovative systems, apply recent research on Hybrid Vehicles and see them go into a vehicle. In his spare time, he enjoys building and repairing whatever he can!
Dr. Tom Fuller is GTEC3’s Chemical Engineering Advisor. Much of Dr. Fuller’s professional career has focused on energy conversion and storage for transportation applications. Between industry and academia, he has worked with most of the major automotive OEMs. Georgia Tech had been involved in earlier Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions, but were not participating in the AVTC when a graduate student came to him looking for an opportunity like EcoCAR 3. This student had been part of Penn State’s AVTC team as an undergraduate, and wanted to submit a proposal for Georgia Tech to participate in the EcoCAR Challenge 1. After learning more about the competition Dr. Fuller agreed to serve as Georgia Tech’s competition advisor. Before receiving his masters in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Dr. Fuller served as an officer in the Navy and has spent over a year of his life under water.
Dr. Michael Leamy is GTEC3’s Mechanical Engineering Advisor, and has served as the team’s mechanical advisor since EcoCAR 1. He first started working on cars in college while attending Clarkson University in Postsdam, New York where he served as President of their SAE chapter. He continued to work on cars during his time at the University of Michigan, receiving his PhD in the dynamics of vehicle front end accessory drives (FEADs). Dr. Leamy developed, and currently teaches Georgia Tech’s undergraduate hybrid vehicle course entitled ME 4013: Introduction to Hybrid Powertrains. In his spare time Dr. Leamy enjoys working on vintage vehicles, including building custom engine ECUs for controlling fuel injection and ignition timing.