Brian is a senior earning his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, studying embedded computer systems. He has been on the EcoCAR team for four years and has focused primarily on electrical component integration, HV modeling, and HV assembly. As the EcoCAR engineering lead, he coordinates and manages sub-team leads in collected efforts to take first in the competition. With a strong roster and a motivated team, this is more than attainable. Brian started out as a “grunt laborer” as he claimed. His first project involved wiring up the engine into the vehicle. Him and his colleague, Ryan (now working on his master's at Stanford in CS) basically divided the car in half. Brian wired from the rear, while Ryan wired from the front. They then met in the middle to do high voltage work toward the finished product. From then on, he was hooked. Now, he is the moved forward to be the engineering lead for the entire operation. Taking first place in the competition is obviously number one for everyone on the EcoCAR team at UW. However, Brian also hopes that they can even sell their work to General Motors, or at least allow them to take interest in the project. With an influx of hybrid vehicles already in the market, EcoCAR at UW is working on creating a much more efficient manner of using gas and hybrid technology to power the car. Above all, he hopes for more exposure in the public about everything behind EcoCAR.
Erik is a senior majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. He has been involved with EcoCAR since the start of junior year. He first started as the mechanical engineering co-lead alongside his “wonderful” co-lead Sylvie Troxel, Erik Says. Working closely with the other team leads, they helped plan out the vehicle architecture that is being implemented in years two through four of the competition. Engstrom is currently the project manager. He helps makes sure the project is running smoothly and that everyone has the tools and resources to do their job effectively and efficiently. He is excited to have landed an internship with Epic Aircraft in Bend, Oregon this summer. Erik thanks his involvement with UW EcoCAR 3 for that. It has helped him get a foot in the door. Outside of EcoCAR, he is involved with senior capstone research on structural adhesive for both Epic Aircraft and Boeing. Erik is “more than thankful for all the opportunities that EcoCAR has provided me and I am proud of everything this team has accomplished.” He is excited to see where the team will go next!
Graham is currently a senior studying Electrical Engineering. He is the team lead of the system modeling and simulation team. He first joined the team in the fall of his sophomore year, and has loved it ever since. Arnold interned at Daimler Trucks North America this past summer in the Hardware-in-Loop simulation lab – using simulation hardware to validate ECU’s. When not working with EcoCAR, he competes professionally on a paintball team, traveling across the county (and world!), competing in several tournaments. He has been competing since he was only 12 years old. He hopes to become a well-rounded engineer that has developed a solid knowledge base, while also learning how to problem solve, both as a contributor and a leader.
Nate is the UW EcoCAR control team lead. He has a Bachelor’s in Computer engineering and is currently on track to receive his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering for Controls. Coming up on his fourth year on the team, he also spent a year on the mechanical team before switching to controls. Just this last summer, he worked at Blue Orgin as an avionics software engineer. On his free time, he enjoys working on and riding motorcycles.
Shawn is the UW EcoCAR team’s communication manager, where his main focus is to increase brand awareness, create a social media presence, and involve the community. He started working as the social mead manager for the team in the spring of 2015, and later took the roll of communication manager in September of 2015. He is currently studying Marketing at the Foster School of Business and is aimed to graduate in the winter of 2017. This is his first time competing in an AVTC and is new to the world of engineering. Above all, he is excited to be involved with EcoCAR and to work closely with the team at UW. He believes that EcoCAR 3 is “an amazing opportunity for students of different disciplines to come together and push the boundaries of what students can do. Making a hybrid vehicle is something you don't hear about everyday and I am sure that people around the world would love to hear about what the UW students are doing.” He is working to make UW EcoCAR a household name on campus and wants to create a lasting image for the future generation of UW EcoCAR team members.
Jake has been on involved in electric vehicle development since early high school and has been an active EcoCAR team member since the start of EcoCAR 2 over 3 years ago. As the electrical lead, he has contributed to the vehicle's high voltage development, safety and integration, battery pack design, and the modeling of the vehicle. He also devotes much of his time towards educating and inspiring new team members. Now, as ADAS or Autopilot lead, Jake is in charge of implementing features such as lane tracking and object detection to improve driver awareness and efficiency. In high school, Jake singlehandedly converted a Volkswagen Gti to run fully on battery power. This project ignited Jake's passion for engineering and resulted in him studying Electrical Engineering and joining the EcoCAR competition at the UW. Jake went on to work at Tesla as a power electronics intern and system integration intern.
Matthew is in his second year studying MS Mechanical Engineering. As far as his involvement in EcoCAR, he is the Mechanical Team Co-Lead, and been since October 2014. He worked part-time as a mechanic for two years before joining the EcoCAR team. In his free time, he enjoys working on his car. He also actively rides BMX and mountain bikes. Palmer hopes to broaden his engineering experience across multiple disciplines to better prepare him for a career in the ever growing automotive industry.
Derek is a second year graduate student in the School of Mechanical Engineering. He has been involved with the team for about a year now and has been serving as co-mechanical team lead since the summer of 2015. Prior to enrolling in the graduate program at the UW, he spent 3.5 years working in the powertrain group as a design engineer for the Kenworth Truck Company in Kirkland. When not in the lab, Engstrom enjoys playing soccer for a local Seattle league. And when off the pitch, he manages a family owned farm in Monroe, Washington! He is proud to be gaining leadership experience in his field of engineering, as well as adding new NX CAD skills to his repertoire, and practical metal machining skills.
James is the Co-Electrical Lead for the team. He primarily focus on the architecture selection by weighing possible component selections and integration methods. Such as, comparing possible electric drive trains, battery consolidation, and control systems. Goin is studying Electrical Engineering with concentrations of embedded systems, power electric drives, and controls. He plans to continue on in this field and hopes to land a job in the automotive industry.