Penn State Racing has returned! The beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year marks a new chapter for our team. After a Summer dedicated to research and design work, we now turn our attention to the manufacturing of our 2018 vehicle. Many exciting changes are coming to this year’s car, the most significant being our transition to a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis. The new chassis aims to be lighter, safer, and more rigid than last years steel tube space frame.
Dr. Stockar will attend the Dynamic Systems and Control Conference in Tyson Corner, Virginia to present the paper titled: “Nonlinear Model Predictive Control for the Coordination of Electric Loads in Smart Homes“.
Stephen took the candidacy exams in Fall 2017 after joining the E-SOC lab in Spring 2017. He is currently conducting research on modeling and optimization of advanced powertrain systems with application to Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs). His research is supported by the ARPA-E NEXCAR Program.
Penn State Racing team had the official vehicle unveiling on April 27th during the Senior Engineering Design Showcase at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The team is ready for the SAE competition at the Michigan Speedway from May 10th to May 13th.
Pictures of the event can be found here:
Updates on the competition will follow soon.
Kasra took the candidacy exams in Spring 2017 after joining the E-SOC lab in Fall 2016. He is currently conducting research on using model order reduction for deriving first-principles control-oriented models. The application of Kasra’s work is on three way catalytic converters for passenger vehicles.
Dr. Stockar appeared on the local TV station WTAJ to talk about the ARPA-E Project and its impact on Penn State University and the community at large. You can see the full segment here:
Thank you to Aaron Thomas for covering the story!
“Penn State received the competitive award from ARPA-E’s NEXT-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) program, which seeks to leverage vehicle connectivity and automation technologies to optimize vehicle controls and powertrain operation. Using vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-everything technologies, NEXTCAR projects will enable better communication between and coordination of vehicle-level and powertrain-level actions, improving individual vehicle and, ultimately, fleet efficiency. In all, 10 new projects were awarded a total of $32 million in funding.”
You can read the full press release here: