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This week’s Mentor Monday post features Kerry Grand, an engineer working in the consulting services group at MathWorks‘ Michigan office. 

Before joining MathWorks and getting involved with EcoCAR, Kerry held various engineering positions at Ford and General Motors. During that time he focused on and gained extensive knowledge of hybrids and electric vehicles – experiences he brings to his EcoCAR teams. 

Kerry joined MathWorks in 2006, and soon after, was drawn to the student competitions. He was intrigued by EcoCAR’s green mission and the chance to help students become engineers. During his undergraduate studies, Kerry participated in an SAE electric vehicle challenge supporting his senior project; this competition was successful because of strong support from both advisors and sponsors. 

As an EcoCAR mentor, he is impressed by the professional growth of the students throughout the three years. Students are using industry standard processes to design their vehicles and he sees firsthand how much the teams develop their skills during the competition. “Questions they ask today are very different than the questions they asked in Year One. The students are really into learning about modeling with MathWorks’ Simulink technology. They now understand Simulink and are diving deeper into the complexities of their designs to focus on optimized control, rapid prototyping, and deployment.”

Kerry Grand with fellow MathWorks mentor, Pete Maloney, at the Year Two EcoCAR Fall Workshop hosted at MathWorks' headquarters in Natick, MA

080814_3RF1440-568pxAs Year 2 of EcoCAR heats up and teams turn their focus from virtual design to physical integration, teams will undoubtedly look toward software tools provided by The MathWorks as a Platinum sponsor.

The MathWorks will host 2 days of hands-on training at our Natick, MA campus during the upcoming EcoCAR Fall Workshop. EcoCAR teams can tailor their instruction to best suit their designs’ needs by selecting from 3 tracks of courses offered during the workshop.

So whether a novice or power user, teams will leave the workshop solidly grounded in MathWorks software tools, such as MATLAB, Simulink and a range of other tools for Model-Based Design and control strategy development that will be central to the team’s activities in the year ahead.
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