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Balaji Ramamurthy has completed his MS degree in mechanical engineering and is
employed at Rocore. His research dealt with the design of a reverse-flow oxidation
catalyst system for lean burn natural gas engines.
Chris Hamilton has completed his MS degree in mechanical engineering. His research
dealt with first and second law analyses of advanced combustion modes in diesel
The UTK GATE Center has had significant support from industrial partners.
These are briefly presented below.
FutureTruck and Challenge X
The UTK efforts in the DOE-sponsored FutureTruck and Challenge X
competitions were conducted as GATE Center activities with the GATE students
providing leadership and mentoring to the undergraduate students. This activity, of
course, involved significant support from industry (General Motors, Ford, and the many
other partners in these efforts). The involvement of the GATE Center not only provided
support for the competition effort, but also allowed our students to become involved with
hardware and software that they otherwise would not have had access to.
The GATE Center was able to obtain a significant amount of surplus
dynamometer and emission testing equipment from DaimlerChrysler when that company
relocated its major engine testing activities from Highland Park. The equipment has
been used to upgrade the laboratories at both the University and the NTRC.
Visual Computing Systems
Visual Computing Systems is involved in the DOE-sponsored Automotive Electric
Motor Development (AEMD) Program and through the efforts of our GATE Mentor, Mr.
Jim Merritt, we were able to provide two students to intern with that company. One of
the students (Craig Rutherford) is a GATE Research Assistant and eventually took a full
time position with the company. This partnership led to UTK using a Lynx Motion
Technology electric motor in the 2000-2001 FutureTruck.
In order to provide support for the AEMD effort, Delphi provided a battery
simulator (an AeroVironment ABC-150) to the GATE Center for use in our electric motor
and battery testing efforts. This device is capable of delivering and absorbing electric
energy in a programmed manner such that it is extremely useful in testing batteries
and/or electric motors.
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Hodgson, Jeffrey & Irick, David. Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center, report, September 30, 2005; Tennessee. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc901730/m1/10/: accessed April 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.