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Close working relationships are maintained with the National Transportation
Research Center (NTRC), a joint venture between UTK and Oak Ridge National
Laboratory (ORNL). As discussed below, several important industrial partnerships have
served to benefit the students involved in the GATE Center.
Students who participate in the GATE Program can work towards "GATE
Certification" by including a certain number of GATE-related courses in their programs of
study and by doing their thesis (or dissertation) in the UTK focus area. At the MS level
the number of GATE course hours required is six semester hours (two courses) and at
the Ph.D. level the number of GATE course hours is twelve semester hours (four
There are two classifications of UTK GATE students: GATE Fellows (those who
receive GATE Fellowships) and GATE Research Assistants (those who are pursuing
GATE certification, but do not have a GATE Fellowship). GATE Fellows are expected to
mentor undergraduate students working on the DOE-sponsored alternative fuel
competition vehicles (FutureCar, FutureTruck and Challenge X) as part of their
UTK GATE Faculty
The UTK GATE Center Faculty members are primarily associated academically
with either mechanical engineering or electrical engineering. They and their primary
technical interests are as follows:
Jeff Hodgson (ME): internal combustion engines, alternative fuels.
Bill Hamel (ME): hybrid vehicle controls
David Irick (ME): internal combustion engines, mechanical design
Jeff Freeman (ME): vehicle dynamics, mechanical design
Bimal K. Bose (EE): power electronics and electric motors
Leon Tolbert (EE): power electronics
John Chiasson (EE): controls
Wes Hines (NE): fuzzy logic, artificial intelligence
GATE Faculty members are expected to teach courses associated with the
GATE curriculum and/or serve as the Major Professor for one or more GATE students.
The UTK GATE Curriculum
Students enrolled in the GATE Program are typically working towards an
advanced degree (MS or Ph.D.) in one of three engineering programs: mechanical
engineering, electrical engineering, or engineering science. In order for them to meet
the requirement for including certain GATE-related courses in their programs of study,
new courses were instituted and offered for both GATE students and students not
involved in the GATE Program. These courses address various aspects of hybrid
electric vehicle design as follows:
ME 588 (3) Introduction to Hybrid Electric Vehicles (3). Series, parallel, and dual
configurations. Sizing and analysis of typical HEV components: motors, auxiliary power
sources, on-board energy storage, and fuels. Steady-state HEV force and power
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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/m1/6/?rotate=90: accessed April 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.