Nick Menning is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and is from Memphis, Tenn. This is his second year on the project, where he is working as the Engineering Manager. “I joined EcoCAR 3 because of my passion for cars and desire to work in the automotive industry after graduation.”
Parker Slagle is from Collierville, TN and is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering with an Aerospace Engineering minor. This is Parker’s second year on EcoCAR 3 where he is the Mechanical Design Team Lead. “I joined EcoCAR 3 because I wanted to be a part of a team that revolutionizes the automotive industry with improvements in Hybrid Vehicles. I enjoy the design process of the project and I feel like my work will actually be part of the real car.” After graduation, Parker is very open to any job opportunities that may come his way, although he really enjoys design work.
Eli Allen is a first year graduate student working on his MS in Mechanical Engineering and is from Knoxville, Tenn. This is Eli’s second year on UT's EcoCAR 3 team where he is working as the Controls Team Lead. "EcoCAR 3 has been an awesome student project to work on and has helped me develop the skills I need to pursue a career in the automotive industry. The timing of EcoCAR 3 is great because I get to learn about and work with the new HEV technologies that are still in development. After graduate school, I hope to work in research and development or controls for automotive technology."
Saeed Anwar is from Dhaka, Bangladesh and is pursuing his PhD degree with research focus on power electronics. He is currently working as graduate research assistant at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. He achieved his MS from the University of Akron, OH and BS from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. This year, Saeed joined EcoCAR 3 as an innovation team leader. The main motivations to join the EcoCAR 3 team are to implement his research innovations on Electric Vehicle (EV) charging and powertrain design in EcoCAR 3, to work with members with diverse experience, to collaborate and share knowledge with experts with different skills to implement the best design, and to develop leadership and communication skills. After graduation, he plans to continue his work in the research and development of high-power density and efficient power converters for EVs and other applications.
Tianxiang is a graduate student from China and is majoring in Electrical Engineering. This is his second year at the University of Tennessee, and also his second year in America. Tianxiang is the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist System) Team Lead on the EcoCAR 3 team. “One reason I love the EcoCAR 3 competition is because I can gain a lot of practical experience – which you can hardly get from class. Working with the EcoCAR 3 team has given me a range of opportunities to practice my hands-on skills, such as programming skills, software developing skills. Also, it can improve your leadership and communication abilities. EcoCAR 3 competition also provides a great opportunity for my future career since after graduate from the university, I want to devote myself into driverless vehicle industry.”
David Moseley is a dual degree MSME/MBA student at the University of Tennessee. He received his B.A. in Business Administration from Furman University and currently serves as the EcoCAR 3 Project Manager. Mr. Moseley joined EcoCAR 3 in 2015 to gain experience with automotive engineering and enjoys the complexity of the competition. He is also a researcher in an energy storage lab where he develops high performance electrodes. After graduation in December of 2016, Mr. Moseley hopes to work in automotive technology research and development.
Emily King is a second year MS Communication and Information student at the University of Tennessee where she is concentrating in Public Relations. Emily received her BA in Communication Arts from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, and is currently the Communications Manager for EcoCAR 3 Team Tennessee. Emily joined the EcoCAR 3 team because she is interested in learning how to help organizations discuss their alternative energy research so publics can appreciate its positive impacts on society. With the hands-on experience, EcoCAR 3 is a great introduction to this field. Emily is also a teaching assistant at UT, and after graduating in May 2017, she hopes to practice public relations for an organization or agency with environmentally-focused clients.
Michael Slater Pennington is a graduate student pursuing a Masters in Biomedical Engineering. He is originally from Tyler, Texas comes to UT after living in Murfreesboro, Tenn. This is his first year on the project and where he works on the controls team. “I joined the project because I wanted to be involved in it. I heard there was an opening for a GRA/GTA position and jumped at the chance to be a part of the team and get a hands on learning experience that would be difficult to come by otherwise.”
Joseph Stockli is a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and this is his first year on UT’s EcoCAR 3 team. Joseph is Team Tennessee’s Systems Safety Manger. “As a car enthusiast, it is amazing to see how the design of automobiles has changed over time. I joined EcoCAR 3 to understand the engineering behind cars, so that I can be a part of the constant innovation in the automotive sector.”
Dr. Fall is an Associate Professor for the Advertising and Public Relations Department in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Fall is a former public relations manager. She holds an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America.
Zach Menning is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is from Memphis, Tenn. This is his second year working on the Eco CAR 3 project, and this year he is a member of the Mechanical Design Team. “I joined the Eco CAR 3 team because it presents a unique and exciting experience as a member of the powertrain development team for UT's hybrid Camaro. I've worked in the auto industry as a co-op student during school and I'm always excited to learn about new sides of vehicle development that I haven't worked in before. After graduation, I hope to work in the automotive industry as a design engineer.”
Hastin Witt is from Collierville, TN and is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. This is his first year on the EcoCAR 3 project. He is a member of the Mechanical Team, and joined EcoCAR 3 to gain valuable experience in the automotive design industry to use in a potential career in the automotive industry later on.
Ronnie McKay is a senior Mechanical Engineering student from Castalian Springs, Tennessee. This is his first year working on EcoCAR 3 for the Mechanical Design Team. He joined the EcoCAR 3 project because he wanted to work on a team with like-minded individuals. “I’ve always had a passion for cars and a desire to make a difference in the automotive industry. I believe EcoCAR 3 provides me with a fantastic opportunity to gain real world experience in automotive engineering while allowing me to work with many brilliant people. I recognize the necessity for a switch to hybrid and electric vehicles, and I believe that EcoCAR 3 is a great introduction to the ever-changing automotive field.”
Jan Bruckbauer is a Knoxville, Tenn. native and is currently a senior in the University of Tennessee’s BS Mechanical Engineering program with a minor in Material Science. This will be his first year on the EcoCAR 3 project, working as part of the mechanical design team. “Cars have been a lifelong passion for me and I look forward to working with others who share my interest in vehicles and pushing creative boundaries.”
Patrick Rybak is a senior Mechanical Engineering student from Franklin, Tenn. This is his first year on UT’s EcoCAR 3 team and he is working with the Mechanical Design team. I joined Ecocar3 to further my design ability, especially pertaining to the automotive industry. I really enjoy the process of watching designs going from concept into production.
Aubrey Casey is from Hixson, Tenn., and this is her first year working on the EcoCAR 3 team. Aubrey is on the Controls Team, which is part of the reason she chose to join EcoCAR 3. “I'm very interested in applying the skills I've learned directly into a project, especially one as exciting as the EcoCAR 3 project. I'm also hoping to gain more skills in the design category and more knowledge about the automotive industry.”
Nick McCormick is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is from Chattanooga, Tenn. This is his first year with EcoCAR 3, and he is a member of the Controls Team. “I wanted to join the EcoCAR 3 team because I have had an interest in the design and build of cars from a young age. My grandfather used to race cars, and then started building/restoring old cars himself, so growing up I was constantly exposed to cars. EcoCAR 3 gives me a chance to be at the forefront of technology in an industry that I have been interested in for as long as I can remember.”
Luke Moore is from Knoxville, Tenn. and this is his first year with Team Tennessee, where he works on the Mechanical Design Team. “I joined EcoCAR 3 because I wanted to be a part of the best, most interesting, engaging, and honestly, coolest senior design project available. After graduation I hope I have the chance to continue to work on projects similar to this one.”
Lucas Lafond is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is from Knoxville, Tenn. This is his first year on EcoCAR 3 where he is on the Controls Team. “I joined UT’s EcoCAR 3 team to gain solid teamwork experience with a group of people that have the same interests pertaining to the automotive industry as me. After graduation, I plan to pursue an engineering career in motorsports.”
Cory Elliott is a Senior in Mechanical Engineering from Lexington, Tenn. This is his first year on the EcoCAR 3 team, and he is working on the Mechanical Design team. “I chose to join the EcoCAR 3 project because of my love of cars and my interest in the hybridization of an existing vehicle. My experience so far has been in restoring muscle cars, so this project will help teach me more about twenty-first century vehicle systems and how to design more eco-friendly transportation for my future in automotive engineering.”
Malay Shah is a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is from Chattanooga, Tenn. Malay joined EcoCAR 3, because, “I believe in sustainability by the means of efficiency in the use of energy. EcoCAR 3 provides that platform where I can make a real world impact rather than just talk about making impact.” Malay hopes to pursue a career in automotive or energy relation industries.