To stimulate the development of advanced vehicle technologies that reduce the overall impact of transportation on the environment by designing, building, and refining an alternative fuel and connected/autonomous vehicle that reduces energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and criteria tailpipe emissions while maintaining consumer acceptability, utility, and safety.
Issues Involved or Addressed
Physics-based modeling and simulation-based design of hybrid-electric vehicle powertrains, optimized component sizing and subsystem design based on performance versus cost tradeoffs, design methodologies to ensure reliability and safety, virtual prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop testing, vehicle fabrication and road testing, development of optimal operating and charging strategies, utilization of telemetry and intelligent highway infrastructure to improve energy efficiency, development of automotive human-machine interface.
Methods and Technologies
Academic Majors of Interest
Preferred Interests and Preparation
ECE, ME, ChBE, CoC – Background/interest in hybrid-electric vehicle powertrains or vehicle autonomy, physics, statics, dynamics, circuits, electronics, wireless communication, camera/radar sensing, microcontrollers, control systems, heat transfer, computer-aided analysis/design software, Matlab/Simulink/Stateflow software.
MGMT – Background/interest in communications, marketing, public relations, social media, event planning, video production, website development, youth outreach, fund raising.