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Our university is geographically located in Inland Southern California, and we are designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), well known for improving the success of low-income, first-generation students as well as students of color. As a result, our EcoCAR team is a diverse team of passionate and determined students from different career, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Many of our team leads and faculty conduct their research at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), one of the largest research centers at our College of Engineering and a leader in atmospheric processes research. The Inland Empire is rapidly growing, and participation in EcoCAR is a large step to take UC Riverside and our community in that direction.


Our mission is to empower the next generation of leaders and innovators by exposing our students to hands-on experience in the most advanced automotive research and development.

Our vision is to become a hub of automotive training in the Inland Empire specifically for low-income and first-generation students. We aim to invest in local education, economic development, and career opportunities so our community can thrive in industry, academia, or government careers without having to travel far away.


  • Our main goal is to learn how to work efficiently together as a multidisciplinary team while maintaining an inclusive and understanding environment. We will work around different team dynamics to become a solid and collaborative group with strong work ethics but even stronger bonds. We hope to celebrate success and embrace failure as a team, and make sure everyone feels comfortable sharing their ideas and struggles within this space.
  • Our secondary goal is to familiarize ourselves with the flow of the competition, and ensure all deliverables and expectations are met. We will work with different operational processes, project management methodologies and engineering designs to set up a solid foundation for the subsequent competition years.
  • Our final goal is to expose our students and the community to the opportunities EcoCAR and EVs can bring, as well as raise awareness on issues around equity in mobility and advancements in the industry.

Team Members

Dr. Matthew Barth

Lead Faculty Advisor

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Professor Barth received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of Colorado in 1984, and M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 1986 to 1987 he conducted research at the University of Tokyo as a visiting research student. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Professor Barth was a visiting researcher at Osaka University, Japan, conducting research in systems engineering from 1989 to 1991. Dr. Barth joined the University of California-Riverside in 1991, conducting research in Electrical Engineering at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), where he served as Director until 2022. He is now the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education at the Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside.

Professor Barth’s research focuses on applying engineering system concepts and automation technology to Transportation Systems, and how it relates to energy and air quality issues. His current research interests include Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vehicle Activity Analysis, Transportation/ Emissions Modeling, Electric Vehicle Technology, and Advanced Sensing and Control.

Professor Barth has received many prestigious research awards and is active in various organizations such as the U.S. Transportation Research Board, several National Research Council (NRC) committees, the IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Society and was the IEEE ITSS Vice President for Conferences from 2011-2012, President-Elect for 2013, President for 2014-2015, and Past-President for 2016.

Dr. Heejung Jung

Lead Propulsion, Controls, & Modeling Faculty Advisor

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Heejung Jung received both his M.S. and B.S. degrees from Seoul National University in Mechanical Engineering, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Upon completion of his masters, he joined Hyundai Motor Company as a research engineer before completing his post-doctoral research at UC Davis before joining the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) and UC Riverside as professor of mechanical engineering. He is also a founding program director for the mobility engineering online master’s program and was named a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in 2022.

Dr. Jung’s work centers on how to improve air quality through a better understanding of pollutant particle formation from combustion sources such as internal combustion engines that power most conventional automotive and marine vehicles. He recently received a grant from the National Academy of Sciences to study bus cabin air quality in collaboration with Jacob Swanson from Minnesota State University, inspired by the lower mobility many low-income families experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic due to fear of contagion on public transportation.

Dr. Guoyuan Wu

Lead Connected Automated Vehicle Systems Faculty Advisor

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Guoyuan Wu is the CAVs faculty advisor for the EcoCAR Team at UC Riverside. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2010 before joining the Transportation Systems Research (TSR) group at the Bourns College of Engineering - Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), UC Riverside, where he now works as a Full Research Faculty. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 2017 and is also a part-time graduate lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona since 2014.

Dr. Wu has been conducting research on development and evaluation of sustainable and intelligent transportation systems (SITS), optimization and control of transportation systems (from powertrain, vehicle dynamics, to traffic flows), traffic flow modeling and simulation, and vehicle emissions and powertrain modeling. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications (including book chapters, journal articles, conference papers, and technical reports) and 3 patents. Furthermore, Dr. Wu serves as an Associate Editor of SAE Journal – Connected and Automated Vehicles, and an Associate Editor of IEEE Open Journal – Intelligent Transportation Systems. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Vehicle-Highway Automation Standing Committee (AHB30) and Research, Innovation & Implementation Management Committee (AJE35) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He is also a board member of the Chinese Institute of Engineers Southern California Chapter (CIE-SOCAL), and the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA). Dr. Wu is the recipient of 2020 Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award and 2021 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award.

Jacqueline Garrido Escobar

Project Manager

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Jacqueline is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering, with several years’ experience in operations engineering and data analysis, including working at Berkeley Lab. She earned her bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Chile, and master’s in Energy Technologies from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Jacqueline’s current research focuses on vehicle electrification with an emphasis on developing innovative EV charging strategies, EV fleet management, and scheduling for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles.

Trang Bui

Communications Manager

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Trang is a first-year MBA student at UCR's A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) studying Information Systems and Business Operations within the field of Supply Chain. She received her bachelor’s from UCR (Business - Supply Chain and Operations Management), where she helped implement a business team into an engineering student organization (Unmanned Aerial Systems at UCR) and was the operations manager for UCR’s inaugural Aerospace Conference in 2021. Before joining EcoCAR, she worked as the Assistant Events Coordinator for the College of Engineering’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT). Outside of class and leadership, Trang enjoys hiking, trying new foods and practicing mixed martial arts - she is currently part of the Muay Thai club at UCR.

Dylan Stubo

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Manager

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Dylan is a first-year undergraduate majoring in Environmental Sciences. He loves everything pertaining to the environment and has a strong passion for sustainability, In his spare time, Dylan enjoys working on his own cars.

Saswat Priyadarshi Nayak

Systems, Design, & Integration Lead / Technical Specialist

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Saswat received a B. Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India in 2018 and served as a Project Associate at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India from 2018 - 2019. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the University of California Riverside, under the Center of Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT).

His main research interests include vehicle positioning and localization in mixed traffic scenarios, multi-sensor fusion, and connected vehicle applications. Apart from his primary research, he enjoys working on interdisciplinary projects that involve applied physics and mathematics.

Saswat’s favorite quote: “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” ~ Albert Einstein

Ali Gobulukoglu

Propulsion, Controls, & Modeling Lead

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Ali comes from a Turkish background; he earned his bachelor’s from California State University, Long Beach and is currently a first-year M.S. student in Mechanical Engineering at UC Riverside. Working closely with Dr. Jung, Ali focuses on mechanical product design with an interest in the automotive and aeronautical industries. He enjoys playing video games, going on drives, and keeping fit at the gym.

Zhengwei Bai

Connected Automated Vehicle Systems Lead

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Zhengwei is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Riverside, working closely with Dr. Barth and Dr. Wu as a graduate researcher at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT). Both his M.S. and B.E. in Electronics Information and Engineering were earned from Beijing Jiaotong University, China and so far, he has published 11 papers with over 70 citations. Zhengwei’s research focuses on learning-based object detection, sensor fusion, cooperative perception, and autonomous driving strategy for cooperative driving automation (CDA).

GET InvolveD

  • Positions available on the team:
    • We are looking for students of all levels and experiences, from engineering seniors looking to start their senior design projects, to journalism and film majors for the communications team.
  • Ways to get involved:
    • Sign up for our emailing list and engage with us on our socials @ecocar.ucr for the latest updates
    • Sign up for an ME or EE senior design project under one of our faculties
    • Contact any of the team leads (they may be your TA) and get assigned your first tasks and projects
  • Locations for meetings:
    • The UCR EcoCAR team is currently stationed at the off-campus Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT): 1084 Columbia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507, USA.
    • Soon, we will move into the main campus and set up an office in the Bourns College of Engineering.
  • Times/dates for team meetings:
    • Thursdays 1-2p PST at CE-CERT (hybrid)
    • We will update this every quarter and add more sub-team meeting times.

Contact Information


1084 Columbia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507


Project Manager: Jacqueline Garrido Escobar

Communications Manager: Trang Bui