Written By: Justine Valka
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Sebastian Briones, the electrical team lead for Wayne State University’s EcoCAR 3 team. Mr. Briones is an international student from Azogues, Ecuador who received his undergraduate engineering degree in Electronics and Controls from the National Polytechnic School in Ecuador. There, he first spent 5 years doing lectures and then one final year doing a thesis, for a total of 6 years. After graduating, Mr. Briones spent one year working for On Star South America and then while at On Star, he went to Columbia and Brazil to work for General Motors as a resident engineer. He always knew he wanted to pursue graduate studies, but first, he wanted to apply what he had learned in engineering school.
Mr. Briones chose Wayne State University for graduate school because of their electric drive vehicle program; they are one of only a few universities who offer this program.
He started classes at Wayne State in August of 2015 and almost immediately joined Wayne State’s EcoCAR 3 team. They had a booth at summer orientation and it was love at first sight.
Now let’s take a look at a typical day in the life of Mr. Briones. Every day, he wakes up at about 8:00 or 9:00 in the morning and goes to the gym. After finishing his workout and showering he gets ready to start his day. Both of his graduate classes are related to EcoCAR so he spends most of his time in the team garage.
Occasionally, he cooks his own food, and he has a special taste for Italian food, but he lives on campus and has a meal plan so he usually eats in the campus cafeteria. In his free time, Mr. Briones likes to watch car videos, especially if they pertain to Formula 1 Racing. He is also a fan of Real Madrid and typical watches Spanish League soccer games when they are broadcast on weekends.