End of Semester Lab Meeting (December 2016)
Current Lab Members
Stephanie Stockar, PhD is the Principal Investigator of the Energy Systems Optimization and Control Lab. She joined the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State University as an assistant professor in August 2016.
Dr. Stockar conducts research is in the areas of modeling and optimization of nonlinear dynamical systems, with focus on automotive applications (internal combustion engines, advanced powertrains) and building energy systems. Her research approach hinges upon the multidisciplinary integration of thermo-fluid sciences with dynamic systems, modeling, optimization and control. Dr. Stockar’s work has been funded by Ford Motor Company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy. Before joining Penn State University, she was a Research Associate at The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (OSU-CAR). She earned her BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich in 2007 and 2010, respectively, and obtained her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2013.
Melissa Krieger is a first year Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering Student studying Systems and Controls. She received her bachelor’s from Penn State’s Capitol College campus in May 2016, where she spent a summer as part of Penn State’s multi-campus REU program. Her current research project is optimal control of a district heating energy system grid model.
Kasra is a second year PhD Candidate in mechanical and nuclear engineering department at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Shiraz University, Iran in 2014. His research interests include modeling, control and optimization of Autonomous Vehicle Systems. He is currently working on model order reduction of thermal and fluid systems. When he’s not hard at work in the lab, Kasra’s passion is soccer.
Stephen is pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, and specializes in automotive powertrain development. He got his bachelor’s from Rowan University in NJ, where his interest in automotive engineering was jump started by his participation SAE Supermileage. Since attending Penn State, he has participated in EcoCAR3, and is now working on improving his vehicle modeling skills to contribute to the ARPA-E NEXTCAR project. He’s also involved in a few side projects including the CNG bi-fuel conversion of a Subaru WRX and the modeling and development of a practical hydrogen ICE.
Dylan is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. He graduated from B. Reed Henderson High School, West Chester PA, in 2015.
Eric is a senior in the Schreyer Honors college studying Mechanical Engineering. He is currently working at developing a domestic water heater model to study control and optimization, and to complete his honors thesis. Outside of research, Eric sits on Penn State’s Student Sustainability Advisory Council where he recommends energy related policy for the University President office’s consideration.
Brian is a junior in the Schreyer Honors College studying mechanical engineering. He is currently working on the APRA-E NEXTCAR project. When not doing school work, Brian enjoys playing the saxophone and marching in The Pennsylvania State Marching Blue Band.
Former Lab Members
Raveen Fernando (M.S., Summer 2017). Joined Ford Motor Company in September 2017.