James Goin is a Co-Engineering Manager on UW EcoCAR and a master’s student currently studying Electrical Engineering. James has been a part of EcoCAR for six years and has competed in both EcoCAR 2 and EcoCAR 3 competitions. In his role as Co-Engineering Manager, James oversees all changes to the car, which requires him to have an awareness and understanding of each sub-team’s contributions to the car. He plans to continue in this field and hopes to land a job in the automotive industry.
Graham Arnold is currently a masters student studying Electrical Engineering. He first joined the team in the fall of his sophomore year at the UW, and has loved it ever since. 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.
Kellen Potocsnak is a senior studying Communications. He first joined the team in Spring of 2017 to help manage the community outreach campaign while training to become the next communications manager. When not working with EcoCAR, Kellen studies rhetorical tradition and philosophy to keep up with his classes. Kellen’s goal for the year is to score well at completion, but ultimately, he hopes to start a career in public relations or lobbying.
Thaniel Schrimshire is currently a junior studying Electrical Engineering. Schrimshire develops controller code and control strategies for vehicle systems and integrate these systems with existing hardware to ensure proper vehicle function. When he’s not at the EcoCAR garage, Than likes to run and “CANoe” for fun.
Novin Changizi is a senior studying Computer Science in the Paul Allen School. He is the lead engineer on the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist Systems) team. The system he is developing consists of cameras, radars, embedded processors, and computers. He has been interested in computers from a very young age, and has wanted to study computer science since he was in middle school. He will be joining Microsoft as a Software Engineer when he graduates in 2018. In his spare time, he is an avid Rocket League player ranked as one of the best in the country.
Rachel Krause is the Mechanical Team Co-Lead of the UW EcoCAR 3 team. She is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Mechatronics. Rachel joined the team as a freshman and has been working as a Co-Lead since the start of year 3. When she isn’t working at EcoCAR, Rachel enjoys playing Mario Kart and taking care of her cats.
Nick Christoforou is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington and is a Mechanical Team Co-lead on UW EcoCAR 3. After joining the team his sophomore year, Nick gained interest in manufacturing and assisted in the fabrication and integration of the vehicle's transmission. In his free time, Nick enjoys playing soccer and video games with his friends.
Born and raised in France, Pierre is the Electrical Team Co-Lead for UW EcoCAR. He oversees all electrical hardware aspects in the vehicle, from the hybrid powertrain to the advanced driver assistance systems integration. He is currently a senior pursuing a double degree in electrical engineering and applied and computational mathematical sciences. After graduating, he plans on entering the very exciting autonomous vehicle industry.
Dylan is currently a junior in the UW Electrical Engineering Department studying large scale power systems, power electronics, and sustainable energy. As an electrical team co-lead he has enjoyed working on the integration of the high voltage systems in the car. He hopes to either work in the automotive industry on vehicle powertrains or on power generation at a utility.
Brandon is currently a junior in the Electrical Engineering department. This is his third year on the team, starting as a member of the electrical team. He is the System Safety lead, and is tasked with ensuring the vehicle will operate safely and predictably under the various conditions.
Brandon is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, with a focus in embedded systems and image processing. He has also been a member of the innovation team, and has interned with Qualcomm's camera team for the past two summers.