Shane Haught is the Project Manager of the WVU EcoCAR 3 team and is a graduate student studying Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University. Shane also received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at WVU. Shane is a Blacksville, West Virginia native and is the son of Micheal and Charlotte Haught. Shane knew he wanted to go into Engineering right out of high school and continued to graduate school at WVU where he also was an active member of the Applied Space Exploration Lab under Dr. John Christian. Shane hopes to gain valuable knowledge and contacts, both within the team and in industry, from advanced vehicle technology competition like EcoCAR3.
Matthew Bergman is the Engineering Manager of the WVU EcoCar3 team and is a graduate student studying Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University. Matthew graduated with his bachelor of science in Physics from Wheeling Jesuit University in May 2016. Matthew is a Washington Township, New Jersey native and is the son of Daniel and Onnie Bergman. Matthew always knew he wanted to be an engineer, even from the time that he was very young. He hopes to gain the knowledge and experience employers in the automotive industry expect by participating in the EcoCAR 3 program.
Nicholas Connelly is a graduate student studying Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University. He serves as Controls Lead for the team and is excited for his second challenging year in the program. Connelly is a native of Morgantown, West Virginia.
Derek George is a graduate student studying Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University. As Controls Lead, he is excited to gain greater career experience in the industry. George is a native of Carpendale, West Virginia.
Kelsey Plute is the Communications Manager for WVU EcoCAR 3 and is a graduate student studying Multi-Media Advertising and International Communications at The Reed College of Media. She also received her bachelor's in Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Advertising at WVU. Kelsey is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Anthony Basil is a junior at West Virginia University studying Industrial Engineering and is the Safety Lead for WVU EcoCAR 3 team. This is his first year on the WVU EcoCAR3 team. He chose to work with EcoCAR 3 because he knows he will gain hands-on experience as a team leader. Aside from education Anthony enjoys learning new things like playing the guitar, learning Italian, and cinematography.
Zachary Purdy is working toward receiving his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at West Virginia University. Zachary has been on the team for one year. With his equipt skill set, it has allowed him to advance onto the Mechanical Lead for WVU EcoCAR 3. Zachary is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He hopes to gain hands-on experience and preparation for the real world.
Andrew Weers is the Electrical and Computer Engineering Team Lead of WVU EcoCAR 3. He is an undergraduate studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at West Virginia University. Andrew is a proud native of good ol’ St. Mary’s County in Southern Maryland and is the son of Terry and Erin Weers. Over the summers, he has worked for a small government contractor at the Pax River Naval Air Station performing Radio Frequency Test, Evaluation, and Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) susceptibility testing on military aircraft. Andrew is very passionate about the automotive industry and enjoys the hands-on experience as a technical team lead through EcoCAR 3 Program.
Priyash Misra is a Ph.D. student in computer engineering performing research in Vehicle to Vehicle communication at WVU’s Wireless Communication Research Laboratory. As ADAS lead, he expects to gain knowledge in modern technology for autonomous vehicles such as sensor fusion, and embedded programming while also making industry contacts. He believes this is an exciting time to work for a vehicle design project, and the automobile industry because of the rapid pace of the industry is moving toward autonomous and connected vehicles. Priyash is a native of Bhubaneswar, India.
Andrew Nix received his BSME degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Co. (UMBC) in 1995, where as an undergraduate he worked for four years in the environmental engineering and air quality monitoring fields. After receiving an MS in Mechanical Engineering in 1996 from Virginia Tech, specializing in gas turbine heat transfer and film cooling, he worked for three years in thermal cycle design for Bechtel Power and as a consultant for the nuclear power industry. In 2003, he received his Ph.D from Virginia Tech and served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, performing research in the area of turbine heat transfer and cooling. After his doctoral work, Dr. Nix worked for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at Patuxent River NAS as a turbine design engineer where he provided turbine hot section engineering support for the Navy fleet of aircraft engines and served as technical contract monitor for Navy sponsored turbine research programs. Nix joined the faculty at West Virginia University in the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions in Fall of 2006 as a research assistant professor developing research programs in gas turbine hot section durability, heat transfer and cooling, and turbine materials and sensors development and testing. In 2012, he accepted a position as an assistant professor and is continuing research in gas turbines for propulsion and power, as well as research in wind energy, emissions measurements from transit buses and hybrid-electric vehicle systems.
Jignesh M. Solanki has been working with EcoCAR 3 for one year as the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisor. He received his B.E. degree from Nagpur University, India, M.E. degree from Mumbai University, India and a Ph.D. degree from Mississippi State University, Mississippi State. He then joined Open Systems International Inc. as a Senior Engineer. He is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown. He was involved in research activities at Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India. He received IEEE technical committee working group recognition award in 2008. His research interest is in distribution automation for smart grid and intelligent applications to power systems.
Scott Wayne joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University in 1997. He has taught and developed course curriculum for several courses, including undergraduate courses in general and mechanical engineering. Wayne has worked extensively with other faculty in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources in developing curriculum for the Freshman Engineering courses, which are common to all engineering students within the College. Wayne has also co-authored several curriculum development proposals that were submitted to the National Science Foundation. In addition, Wayne teaches sophomore and junior level mechanical engineering courses including Dynamics and Thermodynamics.Wayne's research interests center around measuring and reducing emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. He presently serves as Director of the Transportable Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Testing Laboratory at West Virginia University. This one of a kind laboratory travels throughout the Nation measuring the emissions from heavy-duty trucks and buses. Data gathered by this laboratory is used by engine, vehicle and after treatment manufactures to evaluate alternative fuels and develop new engine technologies in an effort to reduce environmental pollution as well as by state and federal agencies to set regulations limiting the emissions from mobile sources.