Awarded $2,500 on 8/18/2014
August 18, 2014 $2,500 sponsored by Panasonic Automotive Systems Company
Sara is working toward a PhD in automotive engineering at Clemson University, Greenville, SC and will pursue an automotive career in the field of control and diagnostics of hybrid powertrains. Her recent projects include research in battery health monitoring during installation at the automotive production assembly line and creating an autonomous gasoline/battery hybrid golf cart using robotic path planning algorithm to minimize fuel consumption. Her dissertation research will encompass generalizing a new diagnostic algorithm that can be applied to different automotive subsystems such as a battery pack.
Sara is a teaching assistant and grader for two courses at Clemson University; one course is Alternative Energy Sources and the other is Hybrid Powertrain Control Laboratory where she helped build new equipment set ups for hybrid vehicle testing. She has a patent pending named “Systems and Methods to Determine the Condition of a Battery” filed on 10/25/2012 and has four papers published. Upon completion of her PhD, Sara will seek employment as a battery cell test or diagnostics engineer. Sara received shining recommendations from university professors describing her business and professional acumen, leadership potential, motivation and most of all, her passion for the automotive industry. Sara resides in Greenville, SC.