OverviewThe Embry-Riddle EcoEagles EcoCAR 2 team is made up of a diverse mix of ERAU students from areas of discipline ranging from engineering to business. The team is once again competing in a General Motors and Department of Energy collegiate advanced vehicle technology engineering competition. The EcoEagles are fortunate to draw upon experience from the previous competition, EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge as well as the experience of engineering, business and aerospace professionals. The team calls upon each individual’s strengths to develop and create a noteworthy EcoCAR 2 program at ERAU.
This Year in ChallengeThis is the second green initiative program sponsored by General Motors and the Department of Energy the EcoEagles have competed in. The previous competition was EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge. In the second phase of this three-year competition, the EcoEagles will begin the reconstruction of a stock 2013 Chevy Malibu. The team has chosen to build a series, front wheel drive Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle with extended range capabilities. By the end of Year Two, the team must have a 65% mule-vehicle for competition (compared to a 100% show-room ready vehicle).
Team MembersThe EcoEagles are a diverse, multidisciplinary team composed of Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, and Aerospace Engineering Students. They draw upon years of excellence and expertise in the aerospace industry to solve challenging real world problems in advanced vehicle development. With strong university, community, and student support the team is poised for success in the EcoCAR2 competition.
Dr. Marc Compere, Faculty AdvisorDr. Marc Compere is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. He completed his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1994 and 1996. He completed a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. His academic and industry experience is in modeling and simulation, hardware-in-the-loop and driver-in-the-loop control systems, robotics, mechatronics, vehicle dynamics, and hybrid electric power system dynamics. His current research focuses on hybrid electric vehicle development, diesel emissions controls, and Clean Energy Systems. Dr. Compere’s clean energy interests include fuel efficient power systems, concentrated solar power, water purification and desalination. Dr. Compere teaches Vehicle Dynamics, Instrumentation and Data Acquisition, Solar Power Systems, and Senior Design in both the High Performance Vehicle track and the Clean Energy Systems track.
Jeff AlvaradoMaster of Business Administration | Business Manager Expected Graduation: May 2013
ERAU EcoEagles AlumniFollow the link to learn more about alumni from all of the previous Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions! dSPACE, Inc. Since EcoCAR, he’s worked for the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition, broadening his communications background and establishing a stronger social media presence for the organization. Today, while working for dSPACE, he spends most of his work days on site at GM’s Milford Proving Ground. He also serves as a dSPACE mentor for the Embry Riddle and University of Washington EcoCAR 2 teams. What EcoCAR did for him: Beyond earning real-world engineering experience from EcoCAR, Vince gained lifelong friends. “Teams in EcoCAR are a family,” he says. To this day, he still stays in touch with many of those he met during the competition. Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition program. She served as a technical coordinator for the last two years of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, and is continuing that role through EcoCAR 2: Plugging In To The Future. EcoCAR 2 Proposal with Brian, Zachary, Brandon, Derek. What He’s Doing now: Working on future hybrid transmissions as a Controls Integration Engineer. Responsibilities include troubleshooting code and testing coded architectures on dSPACE HIL benches and in mule vehicles. Also involved with developing automated testing for different levels of safety for critical systems. How EcoCar helped: EcoCAR was my excuse for getting a masters degree in the beginning. As I put more effort into the project, I started to appreciate the project more. I got to work with great people and have fun in the process -- even if it did involve 24 hours or more of work every other day. EcoCAR became my job, and I was loving it. EcoCAR trained me to the point where I could hit the ground running at my current job at General Motors. I am seeing the same procedures and steps that EcoCAR had to take also in industry. Seeing the same engineers that you worked with on the project and now working with them to solve problems is a satisfying feeling. EcoCAR is a really cool project and creates skill sets that you cannot get anywhere else.
Ryle MaxsonRyle Maxson completed three degrees at Embry-Riddle, including undergraduate degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (Fall 2010). Ryle was an active member of the SAE chapter and contributed significantly to the Baja SAE, Formula SAE, SAE Formula Hybrid, and EcoCAR teams. As Co-Team Lead for the EcoEagles, Ryle helped to design and build an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle for the GM/DOE-sponsored EcoCAR Challenge. After an internship at GM's Global Powertrain Headquarters and completing his thesis, Ryle had his choice among a number of highly competitive job offers. After considering his options, Ryle has decided to join SpaceX in Los Angeles. EcoCAR 2: Plugging In To The Future team member. Electrical team lead and mechanical team member. What He’s Doing Now: Jason is currently working for EcoCAR2 sponsor General Motors as a development engineer. He is working on hybrid powertrains. How EcoCar Helped: Networking with large companies in the automotive industry.
Ryan AntisdelEcoEagles Role: Outreach Coordinator Year 3 of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge. Helped raise awareness of hybrid vehicle technology while marketing events associated with EcoCAR and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Major events included media coverage for an exclusive track day at the Daytona International Speedway and a televised visit from U.S. Congressman John Mica who is the Chairman of the House of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
What He's Doing Now: Immediately following following the Year 3 final trip to Washington D.C. I began a 6 month internship with BMW Manufacturing located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. My position was with Human Resources and specialized in Technical Training along with recruitment for the BMW Scholars Program. Some of the biggest highlights for this position were being able to drive camouflaged test vehicles and race M3's at the BMW Performance Center. Currently I am working with Honda American Motors as a Sales Analyst and am in training to become a District Sales Manager.
How EcoCAR helped: As an avid automotive enthusiast EcoCAR helped me gain valuable hands-on experience in a variety of business functions that complemented my MBA. By being involved in the community, meeting industry leaders, and having a great team of engineers I was afforded the opportunity to learn about hybrid technology while gaining a lot of respect for the hard work that engineers put into our vehicle. EcoCAR is one of the major contributing factors that has enabled me to progress into the corporate automotive world with BMW and Honda.