The Ohio State University and Wilberforce University Year 1 EcoCAR team consists of seven hardworking team leads and many team members who make up the five sub-teams in our organization. The undergraduate population of our team makes up the majority of the sub-team members, while many of the team leads are in graduate school. Our team’s mission is to not only excel in the competition, but to also provide all our members with hands-on experience that can be put to use both in the classroom and in the real world. In previous years, the Ohio State team has performed well in the EcoCAR Mobility Competitions. In Year 1 of the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC), Ohio State placed first overall. In Year 2, which occurred during the pandemic, our team placed first in many different categories, including Final Technical Report, Consumer Appeal as well as Propulsion System Integration report. In the last year of the Mobility Challenge, our team placed second overall, and received awards in dSPACELeadership in Validation and AAM workmanship. We are excited to partner with Wilberforce University and to continue to grow as a team this year and to return to the competition with great enthusiasm. Although our team has set many goals to accomplish this year, our top three priorities are achieving total job placement for both full-time and internships, increasing diversity and female involvement, and winning this year’s competition.
We are continuing to improve our community outreach by connecting with students of all ages and many different schools in the Columbus and Wilberforce area. We are also aiming to increase our involvement with other organizations at The Ohio State University.
- The first goal we have set is to we win first place in the Year 1 competition. The Ohio State University’s EcoCAR team has always proven to be competitive in nature, and our current team is continuing to work very hard to bring home the overall first place trophy this year.
- The second goal we are actively working to achieve this year is increasing diversity and the number of women on the EcoCAR team. Our current team is made up of predominantly male students. Out of the ten team lead positions available, only two are held by women. As we continue to recruit undergraduate students for the team, we are focusing on empowering female STEM students to join male-dominated areas and challenge societal norms. We are also increasing diversity by reaching out to different Ohio State organizations and getting to know them better as a team.
- Finally, a third goal is, we have set is to achieve 100% job placement for full-time jobs and seasonal internships. One way we are working to achieve this is by holding career-prep seminars, where we provide the opportunity for team members to get new headshots taken, their resume reviewed and edited, and help with navigating career-focused websites such as LinkedIn and Handshake. We have also been promoting and utilizing the career fairs held by EcoCAR.
Dr. Shawn Midlam-Mohler
Faculty Advisor - Ohio State University
Shawn Midlam-Mohler is the Director of the Ohio State University Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center and professor or practice in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. His research interests are in the area of design, system modeling, applied controls, and systems engineering. He has over one hundred patents and peer-reviewed publications and his main research focus is in the area of advanced automotive systems with a focus on energy and emissions. His teaching interests range over courses covering design, simulation, project management, and system engineering.
Dr. Deok Hee Nam
Faculty Co-Advisor - Wilberforce University
Deok Hee Nam, has taught computer science and computer engineering at Wilberforce University since 2003. He will be the co-faculty advisor for the team.
Dr. Giorgio Rizzoni
Lead Connected Automated Vehicle Systems Faculty Advisor - Ohio State University
Giorgio Rizzoni, the Ford Motor Company Chair in ElectroMechanical Systems, is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Ohio State University (OSU). He received his B.S. (ECE) in 1980, his M.S. (ECE) in 1982, his Ph.D. (ECE) in 1986, all from the University of Michigan. Since 1999 he has been the director of the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR), an interdisciplinary university research center in the OSU College of Engineering. His research activities are related to modeling, control and diagnosis of advanced propulsion systems, vehicle fault diagnosis and prognosis, electrified powertrains and energy storage systems, vehicle safety and intelligence, and sustainable mobility. He is currently leading an ARPA-E project in the NEXTCAR program.
Dr. Dwobeng Owusu-Nyamekye
Faculty Co-Advisor - Wilberforce University
Prof Dwobeng Owusu-Nyamekye began his career at Laboratory Corporation of America (Labcorp) in 2001 and rose to become Director of Supply Chain Operations. After 18 years of service at Labcorp, he left to begin a career in higher education teaching graduate, undergraduate, professional, and certificate business courses. Prof. Owusu-Nyamekye serves as the Dean of the Business College at Wilberforce University, and Assistant Professor of Management. As a subject matter expert, Prof Owusu-Nyamekye has taught many business courses including Compensation management, Operations Management, Small Business Management, Organizational Behavior, Effective management, Managing and Leading People, Business ethics, Business Communication, etc.
Project Manager / Systems, Design, & Integration Lead
Kamryn is the Project Manager for the OSU EcoCAR Team. This is her second year leading the SDI sub team and her sixth year on the team. In her free time, she likes to do circus arts, mainly aerial acrobatics.
Kirk Brauer is the Interim Communications Manager for the Ohio State/Wilberforce University EcoCAR EV Challenge Team. He is currently a 4th-year Computer Science and Engineering Student at Ohio State. Kirk’s focus is on Software Engineering and how we can improve those engineering processes to design safer and more efficient vehicles. In addition to being the communications manager, Kirk also leads the CAVs perception functional team, designing advanced AI perception algorithms for the vehicle. In his free time, Kirk works at an eCommerce startup designing software that helps users sell products live on Facebook and Instagram.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Manager
Mark Jones is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager (DEIM) for the Ohio State University/Wilberforce University EcoCAR EV Challenge Team. He is currently a 4th-year Ph.D. student in the school psychology program at Ohio State. Mark’s research interests broadly focus on DEI-related issues for Black children in K-12 educational settings.
Systems, Design, & Integration Lead and Technical Specialist
Daxil is a graduate mechanical engineering student with a passion for cars. He’s been on the psi sub-team for four years. This year he is leading the SDI sub team. In his free time, he likes to go on hikes and take landscape photographs. He also loves going on long distance drives.
Propulsion, Controls, & Modeling Co-Lead
Dominic is graduate mechanical engineering student from Arizona. He is new to the team and will be leading the PCM modeling and control efforts this competition. In his free time, he loves to be in nature and to go hiking and fishing. His dream car is a slammed Chevy C-10 with huge subs.
Propulsion, Controls, & Modeling Co-Lead
Pranay is a graduate mechanical engineering student. He is interested in European cars and passionate about understanding machines. He’s been with the team as a Controls member through EMC Y4 and will be leading the PCM team developing the controller this competition. He loves to collect Hot Wheels and produce travel vlogs.
Karun Prateek Singh
Connected Automated Vehicle Systems Lead
Karun is a graduate mechanical engineering student. His passion for motorsports and cars has translated into his dedication to EcoCAR. He is the current CAV Lead for the team and is excited to lead the team in this new competition. He hopes to be able to work in the autonomous industry and preserve the joy of driving in the near electric and autonomous future.
Software Verification Team Lead
Patrick Rukundo is the Software Verification Lead at Wilberforce University. This fall, he will be a entering his Junior year of his Electrical Engineering degree. Fun fact about Patrick is that picked up golf in the summer of 2020 and plays for the university team.
We are always looking to expand our team and encourage students to get involved in the EcoCAR program. We are in the process of hiring a communications manager. The rest of our team lead positions are filled. All our sub teams are available to join as a team member. Students can get involved by attending as many team meetings as they wish. These meetings are held at the Center for Automotive Research office, which is a very short drive from The Ohio State University campus. Team leads are available each meeting to pick up and drop off undergraduate students at the meetings. They are held each week on Tuesdays from 6-8pm, and on Sundays from 9am-2pm. Undergraduate team members are not required to attend every meeting, and what each student puts into EcoCAR is what they will receive from the program! All participation is volunteer-based, and we want members to learn as much as possible while attending meetings and events at their own pace.
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