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

Brandon Bishop
Team Leader


Brandon is a second-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering from Johnsville, OH. This is his fifth year as a member of the Ohio State EcoCAR team and first as the
Engineering Manager. In the past he has worked as the Mechanical Team Leader working on a variety of design projects. In his current role, Brandon is excited to take on more responsibility and continue refining the Camaro. Brandon has completed internships with Dana Incorporated, Caterpillar, and Stoneridge Control Devices. He is excited to join the automotive industry after his graduation in May 2018.

 

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 fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Strategic Communications, with minors in both Philosophy and Professional Writing. She is the Co-Communications Manager for the EcoCAR 3 Team and this will be her second year with the team in this role. Brianna has had a range of different internships within scientific fields, and, along with EcoCAR, currently works for The Ohio State University Insitute for Materials Research and SiGNa Chemistry. She plans to graduate in May 2018 and pursue a career in public relations. 

Greg Jankord

Controls System Lead Engineer

 

Greg is a third-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.

Evan Stoddart

Advanced Driver Assistance System Lead Engineer

 

Evan is a senior Electrical and Computer Engineering student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has been a part of the OSU EcoCAR team for three years as an electrical team member, ADAS team member, and now ADAS subteam leader. Evan looks forward to using this leadership role to further develop the ADAS system by incorporating feedback warnings to the driver about obstacles on the road. Evan has completed two internships at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise as a test engineering intern and STERIS Corporation as a R&D controls intern working on medical devices. Evan plans to graduate in May 2018 with his bachelor's degree and continue working on EcoCAR during graduate school at Ohio State.

Kerri Loyd

Electrical Systems Lead Engineer

 


Kerri is a third-year undergraduate student studying Electrical Engineering from Kettering, Ohio. She spent last summer working for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in the Fuel Economy Development department. After two years on the EcoCAR team, she is excited to step up into a leadership role as the Electrical Systems Lead Engineer. Kerri's initial interest in the EcoCAR team stemmed from wanting to gain applicable, hands-on experience in the automotive industry. She plans to graduate in Spring of 2019 and pursue graduate school and then a career in the automotive industry.
 

Simon Trask
Systems Safety Manager

Thermal and Fluid Systems Design Release Engineer

 

Simon is a second-year Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering from Bloomfield, Michigan. This is his second year with Ohio State’s EcoCAR team; he is the Systems Safety Manager working on vehicle fault detection and remediation, the Innovation team leader working on human factors in autonomous development, and the System Modeling and Simulation co-team lead working on validation and verification. Simon is coming from a series of internships with Deere & Company and Ford Motor Company working in areas including powertrain modeling, hydraulic design and controls, power electronics modeling, and CAE tool development. After graduation, Simon is pursuing opportunities in powertrain electrification and software development for the automotive market.

Wilson Perez
System Modeling and Simulation Lead Engineer

 

Wilson is a second-year Mechanical Engineering graduate student from Orlando, Florida. After spending a summer working with the EcoCARteam 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 during year 3 of the Ohio State EcoCAR 3 competition. For year 4 he will serve as the System Modeling and Simulation (SMS) Lead Engineer. Along with Simon Trask, he will work toward refining the vehicle model and preparing for controls validation to reduce energy consumption. 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 field of advanced powertrain modeling and controls.

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.