My name is Andrew Huster.
I have been the Electrical Team Leader for Ohio State's EcoCAR 2 team since Autumn 2012. I lead a team of students who install and maintain electrical components and wiring in the team's Chevrolet Malibu. This include the high voltage systems, which consist of an 18.9 kWh 340V Lithium-ion energy storage system, and front and rear electric motors, and many other high and low voltage components. We also work to integrate and maintain the Controller Area Networks (CAN) that allows all of the vehicle's controllers to communicate with each other. More information about our vehicle can be found here.
Apart from my three years of experience with EcoCAR 2 (one as a team member, and two as a team leader), I have also had the opportunity to work two internships so far.
In the summer of 2013, I worked for dSPACE, a controls engineering company with a focus on the automotive industry. While there, I worked extensively with MATLAB and Simulink to develop an Ethernet-based interface between a GPS simulator and a dSPACE Hardware-in-the-Loop simulator.
I also assisted in the construction and validation of several Hardware-in-the-Loop simulators and associated real-time models. Through this work, I became very familiar with dSPACE hardware and software, which is used extensively in the automotive industry.
BerrieHill Research Corporation
In the summer of 2012, I worked for BerrieHill Research Corporation, a defense contractor with a focus on electromagnetic modeling and measurement. While there, I assisted in the development of radar test range instrumentation for the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. This included prototyping and testing various components of instrumentation, primarily a multi-function RF amplifier and converter. I also helped develop a power sequencing and control circuit for this device.