Looking Towards the Future: CSU CAVs Team Members Preparing for Honda R&D After Graduation
Since 1988, Colorado State University (CSU) has worked on and been involved with AVTC vehicle innovations. Only recently in the last 5 years, CSU joined the EcoCAR Challenge with the introduction of the EcoCAR3 Mobility Challenge last year. With a high success rate with the student population involved in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, CSU decided to join in on another 4-year competition to further advance students and staff wishing to get involved with AVTC technologies.
Honda R&D Americas Inc. is a division of the Honda Motor Company that focuses on design and development of new automotive technologies. Two of the graduating seniors from the CAVs teams held internships there over the summer and were offered jobs after graduation, and the other graduate will be working as an intern for the first time with the company.
With their future jobs set in stone, these team members are more than excited to begin their new jobs. We had the opportunity to ask them a few questions about how their EcoCAR skills can be transferred over into the working world and most importantly, how the challenge itself has impacted them as individuals.
Student Joshua Urban had previously worked with Honda R&D at their engine research facility in Denver, Colorado. He will work as a transmission research engineer that focuses on the development of software calibrations and shift schedules for automobiles. Urban had stated that “EcoCAR has taught me the fundamentals of development a hybrid vehicle controller, including modeling and simulating different hybrid vehicle architecture.”
Student Bryce Barsnick will be an intern at Honda R&D for the first time over the Summer of 2019. He will be in the department that is focused on vehicle controls and testing. “The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge has given me an insight into how hybrid electric vehicles work and how much of an interesting design project they can be,” said Barsnick. “Working at Honda would also allow me to apply everything I have learned from EcoCAR Mobility Challenge into a real-world industry application and expand upon my current knowledge.”
Student Nikki Machado had also previously worked with Honda R&D. Similar to her prior work with the company, she will be working as a system and driveability engineer across integrations for vehicles, working in a CSMS group for Honda vehicles specifically. Machado had stated that “EcoCAR is an awesome platform to take risks and try new things,” and she “most appreciated the awesome resources like Anthony Heap, Marco Peyfuss, and Scott Fury who have dedicated lots of time into teaching us but also supported our ambitions and direction.”
With Year 1 of the EcoCAR Challenge wrapping up, graduating members Joshua Urban, Nikki Machado and Bryce Barsnick of the CSU Vehicle Innovation Team are excited for their future endeavors. Each of them have received an opportunity to work and intern at Honda R&D Americas Inc. They have EcoCAR to thank for preparing them for their opportunities once they finish their undergraduate years in the next short months.