Howard Bugg is a graduate student at West Virginia University earning his master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Data Analytics. With a background in both engineering and leadership, Howard is passionate and committed to serving as Project Manager. Howard graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from WVU in Spring 2015. He is from Severn, Maryland and is the son of Frank and Peggy Bugg. Howard is excited for the experience of working with undergraduates and making new industry contacts through the EcoCAR3 competition.
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.
Caitlin Worrell is a 22-year-old graduate student at West Virginia University studying Journalism. She received her bachelor of science in Strategic Communications from WVU in May 2016, and hopes to pursue a career in public relations. She is a native of Virginia Beach, Va. and is the daughter of Kurt and Christine Worrell. As the Communications Manager for WVU's EcoCAR 3 Team, Caitlin is most excited to learn more about the automotive industry and to work with students outside her field of study.
Christopher Cline is graduate student from Morristown, Ohio and the Systems Modeling and Simulation Lead for West Virginia University EcoCAR3. As returning team member, Cline hopes improve the car's drivability and learn more about General Motors' innovation.
William "Ben" Kryger is senior studying Mechanical Engineering. As a first year member, he serves as the Mechanical Lead for WVU EcoCAR3. Kryger is native of Ellicott City, Maryland and is deeply passionate about physics.
Samuel Heavner is a senior studying Computer Engineering at West Virginia University. As a returning member, Heavner's technological experience makes him an ideal fit for ADAS Lead. He is a native of Alliance, Ohio.
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.
Sabrina Ridenour is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University. She is a native of Frostburg, Maryland and serves as the System Safety Lead for WVU EcoCAR3. As a former intern for General Motors, Ridenour is excited to gain automotive experience in a more competitive environment.
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.
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.