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CAR students put their skills to work near and far with summer internships

Just a few short weeks ago we were still in the heat of summer. And while the university was operating on its summer schedule and gearing up for the autumn semester, many students were away on internships. Below is a snapshot of some of CAR's students who were in the field working, providing valuable resources to industry while receiving invaluable hands on experience.

Victor Brechbill
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Brechbill interned with Disneyland Resort as a Ride Controls Engineer, performing on-site ride testing and failure analysis.

"I implemented new hardware and software solutions for ride control elements. My projects included work for the Disneyland Railroad, Nemo Submarine Voyage and Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster."


Andrew Huster
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Huster interned with dSPACE, one of the most recognizable companies in automotive and aerospace engineering. dSPACE is working to accelerate the development and testing of mechatronic control systems.

"I worked on test automation to speed up calibration of Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) simulator systems which simulate vehicle parameters to test electronic control units. I also worked on the testing, troubleshooting and debugging of HIL simulator module boards which are installed in HILs to process, condition and route signals."


Polina Brodsky
Mechanical Engineering
Brodsky joined the Honda Research and Development team as a hybrid vehicle co-op this summer.

"I designed hybrid system cooling components to interface in vehicle layout, simulated component performance and issued part drawings to suppliers to be manufactured for prototype and mass production vehicles."


Alexander Bartlett
Mechanical Engineering
Bartlett spend his summer at Ford Motor Company, working with the battery research group.

"I studied ways to improve battery state of health and used Ford's battery laboratory facilities to experimentally validate my models and algorithms."


Andrew Spiegel
Mechanical Engineering
Spiegel began his summer internship in late May with Chrysler’s Powertrain Controls group, researching and developing Chrysler’s second generation Powertrain Coordinator (PTCII).

"My internship experience was eventful. I had fun exploring the southeastern Michigan area and meeting other interns. My favorite experience was riding in the Dodge Challenger SRT with a supercharged Hellcat engine at 180 mph. The internship was a very productive learning experience, and I hope that it will lead to a career with Chrysler."


Luke DeBruin
Mechanical Engineering
DeBruin interned with Chryler Engine Systems and Product Development team, while also working cross functionally with the Advanced Powertrain Thermal Management group as well as the Fuel Economy Task Force group.

"I mainly supported cooling systems."


Jason Ward
Mechanical Engineering
Ward interned with General Motors Company over the summer.
"I worked on hybrid electric vehicle energy control algorithm development."


M.J. Yatsko
Mechanical Engineering
Yatsko interned with General Motors Company over the summer.

"My main responsibilty was working on drive equality analysis in engine calibration."