Illinois Tech EcoCAR provides our 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. We strive to be part of the advancement of vehicle technologies and sustainable transportation through research and development while never losing sight of the needs of our stakeholders.
Illinois Tech EcoCAR’s mission is to transform transportation through smart, ethical, automated, and sustainable automotive technologies.
- Vehicle: During the first year of the competition, our team will focus on the system’s energy efficiency. This will be accomplished by simplifying the CAV system’s compute model and by optimizing the powertrain system to take special consideration in maintaining energy-efficient practices. By doing this, we can ensure the vehicle’s maximum range is maintained. We will assess and evaluate this process at the end of the first year to determine if changes need to be made for future years.
- Team: During the first year of the competition, we will create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive team. We will achieve this by implementing inclusive recruitment, in-depth onboarding with follow-up, and team feedback opportunities. By doing this, we hope to foster a healthy working environment that promotes strong collaboration and fun! We will assess and evaluate this process at the end of the first year to determine if changes need to be made for future years.
- Competition: During the first year of the competition, we plan on completing all deliverables and getting all available points. We will achieve this by finishing deliverables promptly before the due date and reviewing them to ensure that they are completed to the best quality possible. By doing this, we can ensure that we are producing the best work possible and making a larger impact on the competition and community. We will assess and evaluate this process at the end of the first year to determine if changes need to be made for future years.
Lead Faculty Advisor
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
Lead Faculty Advisor
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.
Lead Connected Automated Vehicle Systems Faculty Advisor
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 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 is the Communications Manager of the Illinois Tech EcoCAR team. She is a fourth-year Architecture student, and her hometown is Greenwood, IN.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Manager
Safa Azad is the DEI Manager of the Illinois Tech EcoCAR team. She is a third-year Mechanical Engineering Student, and her hometown is Chicago, IL.
Systems, Design, & Integration Lead
Adwoa Adunyah is the SDI lead of the Illinois Tech EcoCAR team. She is a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student, and her hometown is Accra, Ghana.
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.
Connected Automated Vehicle Systems Lead
Aleksander Woody is the CAV Lead of the Illinois Tech EcoCAR Team. He is a Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student, and his hometown is Honolulu, HA.