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Ready to change the world--Snapshot of CAR students' post-graduation plans

Undergraduate and graduate students leaving OSU CAR are ready to become industry leaders. Check out the below profiles to find out how they will be using their degrees and experience.

 

 

Luke DeBruin presents his work at the university's Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.Luke DeBruinName: Luke DeBruin
Degree and major: BS Honors, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty advisor: Marcello Canova
Selected CAR activities:

Motorsports Capstone Project (EcoCAR B:  Actuation System and Test Stand for a Student-Designed Automated Manual)
1st Place Denman Undergraduate Research Forum (engineering category)

Post-graduation plans: Luke will be continuing his research at CAR during summer 2013, working on the test vehicle for the Chrysler project. In Autumn semester he will begin graduate school in the Ohio State Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department to pursue his master's degree with an automotive specialization, carrying out his research at CAR.
Fun fact: Utilizing his Denman research project, Luke will take his work to the next level by implementing his designs on a test vehicle.

 

 

Garcia with EcoCAR 2 team members

Andrew GarciaName: Andy Garcia
Degree and major: MS, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty advisor: Shawn Midlam-Mohler
Selected CAR activities:

Graduate Fellow
EcoCAR 2 Engine Team Leader
Formula Buckeyes SAE (as an undergraduate student)

Post-graduation plans: Andy will be working at General Motors in Milford, MI as an engine calibration specialist for powertrains.
More info: Andy joined the FSAE student team as an undergraduate to begin to pursue his lifelong interest in the automotive industry. From there he secured two summer internships at General Motors in Warren, Michigan. As his interests focused on engine control, he achieved a university Graduate Fellowship and began his master's program in Ohio State's Department of Mechanical Engineering. He put his expertise to work on the EcoCAR student team (which is co-sponsored by General Motors). This summer he will begin full time work at the General Motors site in Milford, Michigan as an engine calibration specialist for powertrains.
Experience: "CAR has given me a rare opportunity that combines real-world, hands-on work with the theory I learn in class. My experiences here have exceeded in preparing me for the automotive industry."

 

Kyle Merical (far left) with Chrysler project team at CAR.Kyle MericalName: Kyle Merical
Degree and major: MS, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty advisor: Marcello Canova
Selected CAR activities:

Graduate Research Associate, Chrysler Project
Formula Buckeyes SAE (as an undergraduate student)

Post-graduation plans: Kyle will be working in energy conversion and thermal management research and development at Mainstream Engineering Corp. in Rock Ledge (Cocoa Beach), FL.
More info: Kyle joined the Formula Buckeyes SAE student competition team as and undergraduate, which led him to pursue his master's degree research at CAR. He worked as a graduate research associate, where he focused on thermal management and ancillary load research in a joint OSU CAR and Chrysler project.
Experience: "Although I will not be working in the automotive industry, I will still be using the same systems that I learned about at CAR, just not on a vehicle. The great thing about automotive engineering and working with automotive systems is that the same systems are present in other fields, just not part of a vehicle; e.g. there are thermal management systems for cooling a laser that use similar technology that is used to cool a car--you apply the same concepts."

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