Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center Page: 9 of 14
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Gary Holder has completed the course work for the MS degree in mechanical
engineering. His research involves modeling, simulation and evaluation of a hybrid
John Miller has completed his MS degree in mechanical engineering and is employed at
Southwest Research Institute. His research involved the design of a single axle series
regenerative braking system for a hybrid electric vehicle.
UTK GATE Research Assistants
Ten students enrolled as GATE Research Assistants. Eight of these, eight
graduated with their MS degrees in mechanical engineering, one graduated with his MS
degree in electrical engineering, and one graduated with his Ph.D. degree in electrical
Thang Dam is a U.S. Citizen who immigrated to this country from Viet Nam. He has
completed his MS degree in mechanical engineering and is working at the NTRC. His
thesis topic dealt with the performance of micro-dilution tunnels in determining
particulate emissions from diesel engines.
Burak Ozpineci has received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and is also
working at the NTRC. His dissertation topic dealt with the use of silicon carbide power
electronic devices in hybrid electric vehicle power electronic applications.
Craig Rutherford has completed his MS degree in mechanical engineering. His research
dealt with the conceptual design of a hybrid electric HMMWV. He is employed by Lynx
Motor Technologies designing electric motors and applications for them.
Matt Smith has received his MS degree in mechanical engineering and is currently
working for Ford Motor Company in the areas of hybrid electric vehicles. His thesis dealt
with the design and implementation of a control system for the UTK FutureCar.
Doug Ferguson has received his MS degree in mechanical engineering and is working
for The University of Tennessee. His thesis topic dealt with electronic injection controls
for diesel engines.
Baskar Vairamohan received his MS degree in electrical engineering. He did his thesis
on "State of Charge Estimation for Batteries" and is currently employed with EPRI-PEAC
M. Rajkumar received his MS degree in mechanical engineering and is entering
graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. degree. His thesis dealt with combustion modeling in
Aaron Williams completed his MS degree in mechanical engineering in the summer of
2004. He was originally offered a fellowship, but he was transferred to a research
assistantship due to lack of funding. His research dealt with performance of a lean NOX
trap for natural gas engines.
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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/m1/9/: accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.