Electric vehicle design presented by IPFW students at Society for Design and Process Science conference


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Electric Vehicle Design Presented by IPFW Students at Prestigious Conference
Society for Design and Process Science conference includes Nobel Laureates among presenters

(November 6, 2015) — A group of students and faculty from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is presenting at the 20th annual Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS) conference, taking place this week in Dallas, Texas.

SDPS 2015 Dallas celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Society for Design and Process Science. This conference explores the vast possibilities of highly complex systems that emerge from the pervasive, interconnected disciplinary elements of today’s science and technology.

The undergraduate student group from IPFW includes Mitchell Eilerman, Leandra Lee, Charles McIntosh, Josh Weaver, Andres Cobos, and Austin Swihart. McIntosh and Cobos are presenting the results of their research from their senior design projects. The students will also hear from notable Nobel Prize winners at the conference including Steven Weinberg, “Civilizing Effect of Science,” and Herbert Simon, “Satisficing Solutions.”

“Senior design projects such as this one provide an excellent hands-on experience to IPFW engineering students on real-life applications that benefit not just the local industry but also society in general,” said Carlos Pomalaza-Ráez, interim dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS). “All engineering, engineering technology, and computer science students are required to do a senior design project. Most of these projects are sponsored by the local industry or by external grants from federal and state agencies.”

The student research group is working on IPFW’s first electric vehicle (EV), which is funded by the National Science Foundation and IPFW departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Civil and Mechanical Engineering. The technology for the EV, including dc-dc converter, solar system, thermal system and control system, has all been developed and built at IPFW under faculty advisors Abdullah Eroglu, Hossein Oloomi, and Hosni Abu-Mulaweh.

“We plan to have a running electric vehicle at the end of this semester,” said Eroglu. “This is a three-year project where we want to improve our design for EV by developing the required technology.”

Details about IPFW’s first homemade EV can be found at the project website. Students are raising money to support the development of this vehicle and community sponsorships and support are welcome.


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