Miandra Maiers is from Starkville,MS and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University (MSU). She is currently pursuing an MBA at MSU while working as the Project Manager with the EcoCAR 3 team. She worked as a co-op student for Caterpillar Reman Facilities and as a Student Worker for k-12 Engineering Outreach at MSU. Her future plans are to work as a Project Manager in a manufacturing or logistics position.
Carrie Kilgore is from Ocean Springs, MS and is a senior marketing major with a minor in public relations. This is her second year with EcoCAR 3 and her first year as Communications Manager. After an internship with Ad.In Advertising, Carrie has decided to work for a small marketing firm and focus on digital marketing. In her free time, she likes to discover new movies on Netflix, listen to music and hang out with cats.
Matt Tidwell is an undergraduate student from Huntsville, Alabama pursuing his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He has been on the team since the beginning of EcoCAR 3 and served as a mechanical sub team member in Years 1 & 2 where he designed the team’s ESS cold plates and rear sway bar. In Year 3, he became a mechanical sub team lead for CAD and was responsible for the design of the powertrain mount currently used in MSU’s Camaro. Currently, Matt is MSU’s Engineering Manager. His hobbies include playing disc golf and watching sports.
Kelsey Seiter is an undergraduate student from Huntsville, Alabama. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. Upon graduation she wants to pursue a career in either manufacturing or project management while working on a Master’s degree in management systems engineering. She enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and puppies.
Yuanji Liang is a graduate student from Henan, China. He is pursuing a Master's degree in Electrical and Computer engineering. Liang wants to earn a PHD and become an expert in the field of VLSI. He just entered the Ecocar 3 Y4. He likes pets and has a cat. He enjoys working out, climbing, spending time with friends.
Amine is a graduate student from Azrou, Morocco. He's part of a special program between Université Internationale de Rabat and Mississippi State University that allows him to get his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from both universities in one year. Eventually, Amine wants to earn a PhD and become an expert in the field of adaptive and optimal Control. In his free time, Amine likes to read mystery novels and travel.
Pushkaraj is a graduate student from Pune, India pursuing a master's degree in mechanical engineering. He was the team's Simulation lead for year 3 and is now serving as the controls lead. Before joining graduate school, Pushkaraj has experience working full-time in the dual-fuel engine development team at Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois. Pushkaraj loves reading, watching European football, traveling to foreign countries and collecting experiences and airline miles.
Tommy Sloan is an undergraduate student from Byram, Mississippi pursuing his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in business administration. In his free time, Tommy enjoys spending time outdoors and working on his personal vehicle. In the future, Tommy hopes to begin working in automotive design or the competitive motor sports field.
Matt Bilson is a Senior undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student from Memphis, Tennessee. He has been with the MSU EcoCAR 3 Team since EcoCAR 2 Y3. Last year he focused on vehicle integration, and is looking forward to refining the mechanical systems for Y4. He enjoys camping and watersports when he isn't in the garage.
Gary Rushton is the GM mentor for the Mississippi State University EcoCAR3 team. Gary has been with General Motors for more than 12 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Science in Automotive Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is currently working as a Systems Engineer in the Vehicle Systems organization focusing on Body Electrical Control Systems. As an engineer in the automotive industry, Gary has worked on electrical system architectures, infotainment systems, human machine interfaces, body controls software, audio software, diagnostics, cockpit systems, process improvement, and product development processes. Previously, with General Dynamics, he worked on avionics systems for the F-16 Falcon and vetronics systems for the Abrams M1A2 tank. He has published several papers (SAE, IEEE, INCOSE, etc.) and been awarded multiple patents.
Dr. Follett is an Assistant Professor for the Bagley College of Engineering in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Dr. Follett has a B.S., M.S., Ph.D. in electrical engineering. He received all three of his degrees from Mississippi State University. His academic/research and fields of interests include system simulation, digital control systems, sonar signal processing, and computer-aided control systems analysis and design.
Dr. Byron Williams is and Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at MSU with research emphasis in software security, analytics, and development operations (DevOps). He's a 2017 inductee to the Bagley College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Teachers and was recently named Chair of the Hatcher Engineering Entrepreneurship Program. Dr. Williams is and MSU graduate, a Senior Member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and an IEEE Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP).