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The Mississippi State University EcoCAR team has been participating in AVTC events since Challenge X in 2004. During Challenge X, our team won two overall 1st place finishes. In the EcoCAR Next Challenge, we won one overall 1st place, and won another 1st place in EcoCAR 2. In the most recent EcoCAR, the Mobility Challenge, we won 5th place overall in Year 4, along with many 1st and 2nd place finishes for final competition events. Over the Mobility Challenge, our team established a pattern of constant growth and improvement, and we hope to carry that momentum into the Electric Vehicle Challenge. The vision of our team is to develop a skillful, diverse, innovative, and successful workforce of students.


Our team’s mission is to empower every student to refine their skills through the engineering process and prepare the future workforce through innovative teamwork opportunities. We want our students to learn as much as they can from this renowned competition and enter their careers with skills and knowledge far beyond their peers.


  • Score 1st place in final competition each year
  • Assist every student in reaching their goals through EcoCAR (e.g. internship, new skillset)
  • Establish a succession plan so that each lead has a capable replacement with the necessary knowledge and skillset prior to the graduation of that lead

Team Members

Dr. John Ball

Lead Faculty and Connected Automated Vehicle Systems Advisor

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"I am an Associate Professor and Endowed Guyton Chair of Teaching Excellence in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Mississippi State University. I am the lead faculty advisor for Mississippi State’s EcoCAR Team. My research areas include signal and image processing, especially in automotive autonomy and wearables. My hobbies include woodworking, home theater, outdoor activities, anything involving Lord of the Rings, and spending time with my family and dogs.”

Dr. Joonsik Hwang

Faculty Advisor

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"I am an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department. I am the Co-lead faculty advisor for EcoCAR Team. My research area is energy conversion process for propulsion systems focusing on thermal-fluid diagnostics. Other than work, I spend most of my time playing with kids (2 boys (5,2) and a girl (0)); for example, acting like a dinosaur, making LEGO, giving them man-powered horse riding. My real favorite hobbies are watching stars, hiking, camping, fishing, and traveling.”

Timothy Wunrow

Project Manager

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“I am a master’s student studying Industrial Engineering with a focus in management and AI. I was raised in Memphis, TN and got my bachelor’s degree in IE at Mississippi State in May 2022. This is my first year with EcoCAR and I’m excited to learn more about management, leadership, and the engineering process. A few of my favorite hobbies are mountain biking and hiking, playing music, and board games. I am a huge Lord of the Rings nerd and love finding new music to listen to while biking and hiking.”

Chloe Madison

Communications Manager

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"I am a junior at Mississippi State getting my bachelor’s in public Relations. I am also a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority where I have been given the opportunity to be a Pride group leader and be a part of the Special Events committee, which is where I get to plan events for my sisters to enjoy together. Furthermore, I am a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at MSU where I get to broaden my communications skills and make connections within the PR world. This past spring, I gained a position on the recruitment committee for PRSSA and have been able to gain new skills on how to effectively recruit new members and maintain relationships. It is my first year on the EcoCAR team, and I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity. I look forward to all the new skills and connections that I will make. Some of my hobbies include going on walks, shopping, and traveling with my family. I also have a chunky white cat named Whitney that is the light of my life.”

Jessika Chin Quee

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Manager

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"My role as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager is to promote diversity within our workspace via recruiting and initiating activities. My goal is to keep our beloved members, accommodate our teammates to achieve equal outcomes with maximum efforts, and to make sure all our members have a sense of belonging and feel included. I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. I graduated from the Queen’s school with honors, and I accomplished two years at pre-university with degrees in Entrepreneurship and Management of Business. I came to Mississippi State University to continue my education and I am now majoring in Business Administration. I like to read books and manga during my free time, and I also love my German Shepard dog named Nine.”

Nathan Reynolds

Systems, Design, & Integration Lead

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"I am an undergraduate in my 3rd year pursuing a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State. I joined the EcoCAR team as a freshman because of my passion for vehicles. The passion came from working on vehicles at my dad’s automotive mechanic shop. It was interesting to me to learn how cars worked and ways they could be improved. Along with the automotive shop, my dad and I used to drag race. He had a TOP dragster that we would race on the weekends. Some of my other hobbies growing up included band and boy scouts. I played trumpet in outdoor marching and wind ensemble along with marching cymbals in my school's indoor percussion group. I was also drum major my senior year of high school. In boy scouts, I was able to travel across the country and completed three of the biggest high adventure bases in America. I obtained Eagle Scout in March 2019. When I got to college my band career came to an end and I started ultimate frisbee. I now play for the ultimate frisbee club team here at Mississippi State University. During Winter and Summer breaks, I go home to work for my dad’s engine shop where I am a technician for 2-stroke machines and help around wherever is needed. During the school year, I spend the majority of my time working for EcoCAR as the SDI and previously PSI lead. I am thrilled to be a part of my EcoCAR team and couldn’t ask for a better experience that has been provided to me.”

Aymane Hidara

Propulsion, Controls, & Modeling Lead

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"I am a passionate, ambitious, and self-learning engineering student pursuing a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University. I can turn real world challenges into small projects that we can work on as a team. I have a bachelor’s degree in automotive engineering and leadership with a focus in manufacturing and industrial systems. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games, especially League of Legends.”

Jagdeo Singh

Chief Engineer & Technical Specialist

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"I have been working with the Mississippi State University (MSU) EcoCAR Mobility Challenge Team for the past two years. I started in the first year as a member of the team’s Propulsion Controls and Modeling (PCM) sub-team and was promoted at the beginning of my second year to be the team’s PCM undergraduate lead. In this role, I worked on controls development, simulations, and testing to support the team in transforming a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer into a semiautonomous mild hybrid electric vehicle. Moving forward into the EcoCAR EV Challenge, I will be assuming a new position as the Technical Specialist & Chief Engineer to manage the technical aspects of the project. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at MSU in August 2022 and am now pursuing my Master of Engineering in General Engineering in Fall 2022. In my free time, I like playing Call of Duty.”

Fahmida Islam

Connected Automated Vehicle Systems Lead

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"I am a Ph.D. student at Mississippi State University in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. I finished my Bachelor of Science in Electrical, Electronic, and Communication Engineering from the Military Institute of Science and Technology, Bangladesh. My research interests are signal processing, autonomy, and sensor processing. I started my work as an engineer in Bangladesh in the telecommunication industry. Later, I worked as a teaching assistant in the Computational Intelligence and Learning System laboratory, where I worked on a project funded by the National Institute of Justice. Currently, I work at Mississippi State EcoCAR as the graduate lead of the connected and automated vehicles (CAV) team. My publications have appeared at several prestigious conferences. Besides my academic work, I have been involved in many volunteering activities and student organizations. During my free time, I like gardening, cooking, and traveling.”

Debbie Williamson

Systems Safety Lead

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"I am an Industrial Engineering senior from Brazil and have been a part of Mississippi State’s EcoCAR team since August 2021. I have a passion for continuous improvement, and I am always looking for ways to make all processes more structured and efficient. In my free time, you can always find me exploring different hikes (with a coffee in hand).”

GET InvolveD

EcoCAR at Mississippi State University has numerous ways for students of all majors to get involved. Paid leadership positions are the Project Manager; Chief Engineer/Technical Specialist; System Safety Lead; Communications Manager; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Manager; Propulsion, Controls, and Modeling (PCM) Lead; Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) Lead; and System Design and Integration (SDI) Lead. Each lead has a subteam of students who work with the lead on their portion of the project. Sub-team member positions are available and appreciated year-round. Weekly meetings are in the CAVS Research building in the Trotter Conference room. The All-Hands meeting which includes all leads and sub-team members is at 6:00 pm every Wednesday followed with the Team Leadership meeting, which includes only team leads. Then, every Thursday at 5:00 pm is the Faculty Advisor meeting which includes all advisors and team leads, along with our General Motors sponsor, Gary Rushton. Students can get involved by joining the Communications, DEI, PCM, CAVS, or SDI sub-teams and attend weekly meetings to collaborate with other sub-team members and fulfill tasks appointed by team leads. Another way to get involved is to attend events put on by the Communications and Diversity and Inclusion Managers to learn more about EcoCAR and make connections with the team members.

Contact Information


75 B. S. Hood Rd, Mississippi State, MS 39762


Project Manager – Timothy Wunrow

Faculty Advisor – Dr. John Ball

Faculty Advisor- Dr. Joonsik Hwang