HEADLINING OUR ECOSTARS
Aaron Rabinowitz - MSSE
Aaron is a Mechanical Engineering graduate student who’s research is in the field of connected autonomous mobility. A long time veteran of EcoCAR and FSAE competitions, Aaron is looking forward to helping the team by applying his knowledge and experience in the role of project manager.
Rachel Taylor - BSCM
Rachel Taylor is a student in the Communications program within the College of Liberal Arts and apart of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State. She is the current Communications Manager for the CSU Vehicle Innovation Team at the Powerhouse Energy Campus and is a member of the CSU Photography Club. Rachel has a sustainable background within the university, including membership within the Eco Leaders program and the Student Sustainability Center. She hopes that her skills she has applied over the years will lead her to live a more sustainable life, while encouraging others to do the same, as well as ensuring that her communicative background will lead her towards a sustainable career in the future.
Austin Dennis - MSME
Austin Dennis is a grdautate student with CSU's Mechanical Engineering Department, and recent graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas. While earning his Jayhawk feathers he served the Jayhawk Motorsports team as a coolant lead for FSAE and Suspension lead for SAE Baja. During that time and during his internship with Volvo Trucks he found a passion for design and thermal systems. He indends on using his knowledge gained from KU and his experience with Volvo to support the ECOCar's PSI team!
Ben Mckenney - MSME
Ben Mckenney is a graduate student at Colorado State in the Mechanical Engineering department and was born and raised in Colorado. Ben Recently graduated from CSU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Business Administration minor and was a member of the PSI team in year one of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge. He is excited to bring his experience and knowledge from his internship and co-op at Cummins as well as his undergraduate education to the table and help the team succeed as he moves into the engineering manager role. To learn more about Ben visit his LinkedIn page below
Derek Adelman - MSME
Systems Safety Manager / PCM Lead
Derek Adelman is a graduate student in CSU's Mechanical Engineering Department and an alum of CSU Men's Lacrosse team. Derek's roles on the team include the System Safety Manager and PCM team lead. Derek plans to bring his internship experience with DigitalGlobe's Spacecraft Systems Engineering team and concentration in dynamics and control systems to help the team in the competition years to come.
Joydeep Dey - MSCS
Dr. Thomas Bradley
Lead Faculty Advisor
Dr. Thomas H. Bradley is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado State University. He earned BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California – Davis, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with an emphasis in systems engineering and decision support. Primary research interests include the design of automotive, aerospace and energy systems; integrated controls and design optimization; and the validation of engineering design methods. Prior to his academic career, Bradley was sole proprietor of an independent consulting company, performing hybrid electric vehicle design and control modeling for the Electric Power Research Institute in support of vehicle development programs at Ford, Daimler Chrysler and BAE Systems. Dr. Bradley’s research is focused on using advanced system design tools with experimental validation to advance the state of the art in practical, demonstrable systems. In teaching, I seek to motivate my students to be confident, imaginative engineers by providing a forum for interactive, engaged learning and intellectual growth.
Dr. Jason Quinn
Dr. Jason Quinn is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Colorado State University. His education and research have always been centered on energy, with current work focused on system evaluation of electric transportation, spider silk, microalgae biofuels, and fission power systems. Research efforts are dedicated to the development of engineering system models validated through experimentation and leveraged for techno-economic feasibility, life cycle assessment, and resource demand of emerging technologies. Results from modeling work are used to focus research and development efforts to high impact areas. Dr. Quinn completed a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in nuclear engineering and engineering physics, and a Ph.D. at Colorado State University.
Dr. Brett Windom
After receiving his Ph.D. degree from the University of Florida in August 2009, Dr. Bret Windom was awarded a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship to work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO. At NIST, Dr. Windom carried out experiments to measure key physical properties of fuels as they relate to the energy conversion process. Following his appointment at NIST, Dr. Windom performed a roving postdoctoral fellowship as part of the Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center at the University of Southern California and Princeton University where he studied high pressure and turbulent flame dynamics. In 2013, Dr. Windom began an Assistant Professorship in the Mechanical and Aerospace Department at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS). Dr. Windom’s research encompasses applied and fundamental topics ranging from the characterization of alternative fuels to the analysis of reacting flow systems using advanced diagnostics and state of the art CFD tools. Dr. Windom is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Combustion Institute.