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Illinois Tech EcoCAR is a diverse and multidisciplinary team comprising of members from 14 different states in the US and 9 different countries and over 15 different majors.

Because this is Illinois Tech’s first AVTC, the team is excited to learn from the competition, EcoCAR sponsors and other competing teams.

Mission

Illinois Tech EcoCAR provides its students with an opportunity to gain industry-like, hands-on experience with the design and manufacturing of advanced automotive systems while engaging and informing the community of E-mobility.

The team aims to stimulate the advancement of vehicle technologies and sustainable transportation through research and development, while never losing sight of the needs of our stakeholders.

Goals

  • Transform transportation through smart, ethical, automated and sustainable automotive technologies.
  • Empower the next generation of engineers and leaders in sustainable and clean transportation.
  • Create a diverse, equitable and inclusive team. IIT will achieve this by implementing inclusivity recruitments, in-depth onboarding and team feedback opportunities. By doing this, it hopes to foster a healthy working environment that promotes strong collaboration and fun!

Team Members

Mahesh Krishnamurthy

Mahesh Krishnamurthy

Lead Faculty Advisor

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Prof. Mahesh Krishnamurthy is both a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Academic Director for the Kaplan Institute, where he leads several interdisciplinary initiatives in close collaboration with the Armour College, including the IPRO program. He is also the Director of the Grainger Power Electronics and Motor Drives Laboratory.

Dr. Carrie Hall

Dr. Carrie Hall

Lead Faculty Advisor

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Prof. Carrie Hall is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and an expert in the modeling and control of advanced automotive powertrains. Her research group is actively investigating methods of cleanly and efficiently leveraging alternative fuels in the transportation sector and examining the role of connectivity and automation in powertrain optimization.

Matthew Spenko

Matthew Spenko

Lead Connected Automated Vehicle Systems Faculty Advisor

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Prof. Matthew Spenko is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and an experimental roboticist with a focus on mobility in challenging environments, soft robotics, and localization integrity for mobile robots in urban environments.

Jonathan Sorg

Jonathan Sorg

Project Manager

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Jonathan Sorg is the Project Manager of the Illinois Tech EcoCAR Team. He is a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student, and his hometown is Schaumburg, IL.

Chelsea Nguyen

Communications Manager

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Chelsea Nguyen is the Communications Manager of the Illinois Tech EcoCAR team. She is a fourth-year Architecture student, and her hometown is Greenwood, IN.

Nadia Netolicky

Equity and Mobiliy Lead

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Nadia Netolicky is the Equity and Mobiliy Lead of the Illinois Tech EcoCAR team. She is a fifth-year biomedical engineering imaging and signals co-terminal student, and her hometown is Jamestown, ND.

Billy Trinh

Systems, Design, & Integration Lead

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Billy Trinh is the SDI lead of the Illinois Tech EcoCAR team. He is a second-year master's student in mechanical engineering, and his hometown is Chicago, IL.

Taha Abbas

Taha Abbas

Propulsion, Controls, & Modeling Lead

Taha Abbas is the PCM Lead of the Illinois Tech EcoCAR team. He is a Mechanical Engineering Graduate student, and his hometown is Karachi, Pakistan/ Dubai, UAE.

Faith Busche

Connected Automated Vehicle Systems Lead

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Faith Busche is the CAV Lead of the Illinois Tech EcoCAR Team. She is a first-year master's student in computational decision sciences and operations research, and her hometown is Damascus, MD.

Chris Stone

Research Specialist

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Chris Stone is the Research Specialist of the Illinois Tech EcoCAR team. He is a second- year master's student in mechanical engineering, and his hometiwn is Moorhead, MN.

Mahesh Krishnamurthy
Dr. Carrie Hall
Matthew Spenko
Jonathan Sorg
Taha Abbas

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Contact Information

Address

Garage Location: 3340 S Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60616

Lab Space: 3301 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60616

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