History

The US Department of Energy's Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) have been taking place since 1988, and OSU has been participating since 1990.

Ohio State's AVTC teams have placed in the top five teams of previous competitions for the past ten years. For more information about AVTCs, visit the AVTC Series website.

EcoCAR 3

2014-2018 Ohio State won Years One and Two of EcoCAR 3, a four year competition.  The team is currently in Year Three of the competition.

EcoCAR 2

2011-2014 Ohio State took First Place in the final year of the previous AVTC, EcoCAR 2. 

EcoCAR

2008-2011 Ohio State took Second Place in the final year of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge.

ChallengeX

2004-2008 Ohio State took Third Place in the final year of ChallengeX: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility.

About

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is one of sixteen teams competing in the EcoCAR 3 advanced vehicle technology competition. The team is made up of around 40 students, ranging from undergraduate freshmen to Ph.D. candidates. Students on the team have a diverse variety of majors, from mechanical and electrical engineering to business and public relations.

The team is housed at the Center for Automotive Research. Ohio State's Center for Automotive Research is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Engineering. OSU CAR research focuses on advanced electric propulsion and energy storage systems; advanced engines and alternative fuels for reduced fuel consumption and emissions; intelligent transportation and vehicular communication systems; autonomous vehicles; noise, vibrations, and dynamics; vehicle chassis systems; and vehicle and occupant safety.

Mission and Vision

The Ohio State EcoCAR team's mission is to develop a showroom-ready hybrid electric Chevrolet Camaro that meets or exceed the technical requirements provided by sponsors. 

 

The Ohio State EcoCAR team's vision is to shatter the boundaries of sustainable automotive engineering while learning how to develop the most competition-ready vehicle.

Team Leaders

Andrew Huster
Team Leader

 

Andrew is a second-year Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate student from Liberty Township, Ohio and is the Team Leader of the Ohio State EcoCAR 3 team. Andrew has previous internship experience at General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and dSPACE Inc. He is interested in EcoCAR because of the excellent real-world, hands-on experience working on vehicles that it provides. After graduation, he intends to work in the automotive industry, specifically focusing on the areas of automated driving and active safety. His favorite car is the Caterham Seven.

Nick Tomczak
Project Manager

 

Nick is a fourth year Industrial and Systems Engineering student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has been a part of the OSU EcoCAR Team for 3 years; one year on the PM team and two years as the Project Manager. He has spent two summers interning for Underground Solutions Inc. and spent the last summer interning for Amazon.com. After graduation, Nick plans to work for Amazon. Nick hopes to own many nice cars one day, but specifically the Corvette Stingray. He hopes to bring home another National Championship to the UNDISPUTED EcoCAR Team!

Brianna Antinoro
Co-Communications Manager

 

Brianna is a third-year undergrad student majoring in Strategic Communications, with minors in Philosophy and Professional Writing. She is the Co-Communications Manager for the EcoCAR 3 Team and is excited for the opportunity to get relevant, real-world experience while working with EcoCAR. She plans to graduate in May 2018. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music and playing soccer.

Brandon Bishop
Mechanical System Lead Engineer

 

Brandon is a first-year graduate student in Mechanical engineering from Johnsville, OH. This is his fourth year as a member of the Ohio State EcoCAR mechanical team and second as the Mechanical Team Leader. In the past he has worked to develop the energy storage system and rear powertrain in the Camaro. In his current role, Brandon looks forward to the continued development of the Camaro, and the new focus of vehicle dynamics. Brandon has completed internships with Dana Incorporated, Caterpillar, and Stoneridge Control Devices. Brandon plans to graduate in May of 2018, and plans to work in the automotive industry.

Greg Jankord
Controls System Lead Engineer

 

Greg is a second-year PhD student who has been working on the team since the end of EcoCAR 2 Year 1. Having held various positions on the team and taken numerous internships in various industries, Greg has a wide breadth of experiences that he brings to the team from turning a wrench to writing controls. His initial interest in the EcoCAR challenge stemmed from looking forward and solving the problems of the future such as integrating advanced vehicles into modern life. Post-graduation, he wishes to continue working in the automotive industry building modeling, running simulations, and developing controls for advanced vehicles.

Andrew Johnson

Electrical Systems Lead Engineer

 

Andrew is a senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cardington, Ohio. This is his third year on the team and he is excited to step into a leadership role and help continue the team's success. Andrew has previously worked on designing the low voltage and high voltage systems. This year he wants to focus on refining the electrical systems and improving consumer acceptability. He loves EcoCAR because of the hands-on experience and the team camaraderie. Andrew plans to graduate in Spring 2017 and potentially pursue graduate school.

Paige Jones
Co-Communications Manager

Paige is fourth year Communications and Marketing student from Cincinnati, Ohio. Throughout many internships, Paige has worked as the Marketing Manager, Social Media Manager and Project Manager across diverse industries including Centurylink and Eola Hills Wine Cellars. She hopes to use these skills to help lead the Ohio State EcoCAR team in another championship. Paige is graduating in May 2017 and will be headed to Asia to travel before settling down into a career.

Dennis Kibalama
Electric Propulsion System Lead Engineer

 

Dennis is a second-year graduate student in Electrical Engineering from Kampala, Uganda. His interests in controls, electric and hybrid vehicle technologies led him to pursue graduate school at The Ohio State University. Dennis is excited to join the EcoCAR 3 Team and sees it as a platform to explore different control strategies for the EcoCAR 3 Powertrain, interact with people sharing a common interest in cars and bolster interpersonal and communication skills. He has worked on electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle prototypes in Uganda and looks to bolster his skill set and contribute immensely on the EcoCAR 3 Team. In his free time, Dennis enjoys watching TV shows, playing soccer and reading.

Aditya Modak
System Modeling and Simulation Lead Engineer

 

Aditya is a second-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering from Chiplun, India. His passion for automobiles led him to take up Mechanical Engineering, and then join The Ohio State University for graduate studies. He is interested in EcoCAR because of the unique mix of motorsports and hybridization, excellent all round experience offered, and the chance to work with a top notch team. Before joining grad school, Aditya has worked at Tata Motors’ Engineering Research Centre in Pune. In his free time, Aditya likes to read, listen to music, and (ever since leaving India), cook Indian food.

Wilson Perez
Engine and Emissions Design Release Engineer

 

Wilson is a first-year Mechanical Engineering graduate student from Orlando, Florida. After spending a summer working with the EcoCAR team as a part of the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), he decided to take a leadership role as the Engine and Emissions Design Release Engineer on the Ohio State EcoCAR team.  He is excited to be a part of the team because of the one of a kind learning experience he will get from participating in EcoCAR. His interest is to continue working in the automotive field after graduating, specifically in the area of advanced powertrain modeling. 

Benedict Sim
Advanced Driver Assistance System Lead Engineer

Benedict is a fourth-year Electrical and Computer Engineering major from Selangor, Malaysia and is the ADAS subteam leader. After being on the Ohio State EcoCAR team for two years he is excited to step into a leadership role. While in the ADAS subteam, Benedict has worked on developing MATLAB scripts to detect and measure distances to stop signs and vehicles. He has spent a summer at Texas Instruments Inc. as a product and test engineer intern. Benedict is interested in EcoCAR because it provides him valuable engineering project team experience that will benefit him in the engineering industry. Some of Benedict’s hobbies are tennis and playing the guitar.

Simon Trask
Systems Safety Manager

Thermal and Fluid Systems Design Release Engineer

 

Simon is a first-year Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering from Bloomfield, Michigan. This is his first year with Ohio State’s EcoCAR team; he is the Systems Safety Manager working on vehicle fault detection and remediation, and the lead engineer for Thermal and Fluid Systems on the mechanical team. Simon is coming from a series of internships with Deere & Company’s Construction & Forestry Division having specialized in controls and hydraulics. Having grown up in a General Motors family and around alternative powertrains, EcoCAR is the perfect route for him to learn and grow in the hybrid vehicle industry. Outside of the electric vehicles he is interested in autonomous and additive manufacturing. After graduation, Simon is pursuing opportunities in powertrain electrification for the automotive and construction markets.

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Shawn Midlam-Mohler
Lead Faculty Advisor

Shawn Midlam-Mohler has four roles within the University:
 

 

Assistant Professor of Practice - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Associate Director – Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center

Associate Fellow - Center for Automotive Research

Director – Ohio State University Motorsports Program

 

His primary research field is in the area of model-based design of complex systems and with a focus on advanced automotive powertrain systems. He holds a number of patents and has authored more than sixty peer-reviewed publications. His teaching interests include courses related to automotive topics in the thermal and fluid sciences as well as senior capstone design, project management, and systems engineering. He is also the lead advisor of OSU’s successful EcoCAR team and has a broad interest in the area of sustainable energy.

Dr. Giorgio Rizzoni
Faculty Advisor

 

Giorgio Rizzoni, the Ford Motor Company Chair in ElectroMechanical Systems, is a Professor of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at The Ohio State University. 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 (UM). Between 1986 and 1990 he was a post-doctoral fellow, assistant research scientist and lecturer at UM. He joined the Ohio State University Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1990. He has held visiting positions at the Università di Bologna, Italy, the Swiss Federal Politechnic Institute (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland, Politecnico di Milano, and Politecnico di Torino.


Since 1999 he has been the director of the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR), an interdisciplinary university research center in the college of engineering. CAR conducts research on advanced automotive and transportation technologies and systems engineering, focusing on sustainable mobility, advanced propulsion systems, human safety and the environment.

 

Dr. Rizzoni’s research interests are in system dynamics, measurements, control and fault diagnosis with application to automotive systems. He has a special interest in future ground vehicle propulsion systems, including advanced Diesel engines, electric and hybrid-electric drivetrains, and fuel cell systems.