Magic in the Making: How Mathworks Furthers the CSU EcoCAR Challenge Team for Success in Year 5 Innovations
Among the seventeen main sponsors for this year’s EcoCAR Challenge, the CSU EcoCAR Challenge Team has MathWorks sponsorship to thank. MathWorks software and design programs such as Simulink and MATLAB have provided essential elements and training for the CSU EcoCAR Challenge Team over the years of our involvement within the competition and continues to provide assets that are valuable for our team to complete their tasks in the best possible manner. This year’s team has learned new vital information that can be applied towards their development of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer for this year’s competition and beyond.
Simulink and MATLAB have taken a major role in the design development of the chosen vehicle over the years that the EcoCAR program has been active. Each software tool over the years has provided teams with multiple assets. During the first year of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge these applications are assisting CSU with the architecture selection process by allowing the team to model the powertrain and simulate different powertrain configurations. Further down the line, these tools will be fundamental in assisting with the vehicle model process and the development of the basic vehicle control strategies tied into the component functionality.
Colorado State’s EcoCAR Challenge Team has dedicated these tools to be used mainly by the CAVS and CSMS teams. MathWorks is one of the many sponsors that headlines the EcoCAR Challenge each year, and provides each university participating in the competition with essential software tools to support the model-based design development process, mainly for the CAVS and CSMS teams for each university. Along with the design developments, MathWorks sponsorship also contributes to competition funding- a significant monetary involvement within the competition over the years of being live.
Each university has a single mentor that essentially guides each team through team training and assists team members with using the software design programs to their full capacity. Colorado State University’s MathWorks mentor, Scott Furry schedules on-site visits to CSU to provide our team members with more one-on-one guidance with specific software programs, as well as giving our team the necessary information in order to succeed further with the design process and structure.
Alongside other individual university mentors, Scott works with other MathWorks mentors for the EcoCAR challenge by hosting various training sessions at multiple workshops that are held throughout the competition’s years, more heavily focused at the Fall Workshop held at the MathWorks headquarters in Natick, MA. Mentors also are responsible for judging the report submissions that come from the various universities participating in the challenge throughout the year, as well as the year-end competition events.
CSU students involved in this year’s competition have gained new skill sets to be applied in future works and career goals. Thus far into the competition, team members have gained hands on experience and expertise in order to get necessary information upon completing reports and getting feedback from mentors. MathWorks sponsorship with this year’s EcoCAR Challenge is preparing CSU’s students for their future in engineering and for whatever other Challenges lie in store for them.
Cool People Doing Cool Things: Meet the Leaders Behind the CSU Vehicle Innovation Team
The Colorado State University Vehicle Innovation Team is ready to begin another year of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, bringing along a fresh set of new team members and team leads that are ready to jump into action. The team holds up to 40 students and faculty participating in the challenge where individually, many different backgrounds and skills are brought to the table to make this year the best of the best.
The entire team is broken down into 6 separate teams that contribute to multiple aspects of EcoCAR production. Each subteam has an undergraduate team lead who is responsible for the technical management of their respective EcoCAR responsibilities and aims to make the entire group great at what they do and help to clear the design path for them. With a variety of backgrounds and people of all academic levels, the CSU EcoCAR team leads are ready to see what Year 1 has in store for them- and their teammates.
Let’s meet them.
On the Powertrain Team, Nick Brunson-Williams is the team lead from Pratt, Kansas. Nick is a senior in Mechanical Engineering at CSU, and is ready to celebrate his senior year participating in the Year 4 CSU EcoCAR Mobility Challenge.
Nikki Machado is the team lead for the Controls Team. Nikki is a senior in Mechanical Engineering at CSU and is from Morro Bay, California. She is more than excited to take on her first year of the CSU EcoCAR Mobility Challenge at full speed.
On the CAVS Team, Haoying Wang (Coco) is the team lead from China. Coco is a senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering at CSU, and is excited to bring all of her knowledge to the Year 4 CSU EcoCAR Mobility Challenge for her senior year.
Brady Johnson is the Mechanical Team lead from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Brady is a senior in Mechanical Engineering at CSU, and is looking forward to seeing what the Year 4 CSU EcoCAR Mobility Challenge has in store for him, and his team.
Joshua Berry is the team lead for the Keysight Motor-Inverter Dynamometer Team from Pueblo, Colorado. Joshua is a senior in Mechanical Engineering at CSU, and is hoping to have a successful first year of the CSU EcoCAR Mobility Challenge with him, and his team members.
On the High Voltage Team, Zak Turner is the team lead from Aurora, Colorado. Zak is a 5th year senior in Mechanical Engineering at CSU. He and his team members are ready to see what the CSU EcoCAR Mobility Challenge has in store for them, and are looking forward to what the challenge teaches them in the long run.
The teams and their leads are all looking forward to starting strong for another new year of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, and are more than ready to start getting their hands dirty. With a diverse group of team leads, the CSU Team is excited for what the year has in store for each individual team member.