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FAST CHARGING IS NOT A SCALABLE SOLUTION TO THE ADOPTION OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES. THE M-BEAM SOLUTION IS ANALOGOUS TO A FLASHLIGHT: REMOVE YOUR DEPLETED BATTERIES AND PUT IN FULLY CHARGED ONES!
50% OF DRIVERS IN THE U.S. DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A GARAGE OR 240 VOLTS FOR HOME CHARGING. THOSE DRIVERS WOULD BE BEST SERVED BY A MODULAR EXCHANGE SYSTEM WHERE THEY COULD EVEN CHARGE A FRACTION OF THE MODULES IN THEIR HOME OR APARTMENT.
A FULL PERFORMANCE ELECTRIC CAR SHOULD COST AROUND $10,000 AND COST MUCH LESS THAN A GASOLINE CAR TO OPERATE WITH EXCHANGE TECHNOLOGY. CURRENT EV COSTS ARE A MAJOR BARRIER TO EV ADOPTION.
THE SAME MODULES USED IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES WOULD BE VERY EASILY AND SYNERGISTICALLY USED AS RENEWABLE ENERGY STORAGE…CRITICAL FOR ADOPTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY. M-BEAM MODULES ARE IDEAL FOR THIS SITUATION, ESPECIALLY AS MODULE PRICE DECREASES.
THE CROSS COUNTRY EV CHALLENGE IS A CHANCE TO PROVE THE DESIGN. WE HAVE CONVERTED A 2002 VW GOLF INTO AN ELECTRIC CAR, INTEGRATED WITH M-BEAM TECHNOLOGY. WE PLAN ON DRIVING THE CAR ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN RECORD TIME, SIMULATING THE BATTERY EXCHANGE SYSTEM ALONG THE WAY.

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We want to give a big welcome to our newest team members (from left to right), Nikhar, Naomi, Vance, Rachel, & Kristi!

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The Team

Lou Shrinkle

Lou Shrinkle

Project Founder/Electrical Engineer

Lou Shrinkle is founder and CEO of Pacific Battery Management Systems. He is an electrical engineer and has extensive expertise in the design and simulation of mixed digital/continuous circuits and development of microprocessor software for battery management systems. He holds 27 patents and has designed the BMS for 6 different EV, PHEV projects and Battery Backup systems for telecommunications. He has worked for several years  on the design of software and hardware of embedded system for hard disk drives. His expertise is used to design the BMS of the ABM from the ground up for this project and he will be invaluable in the integration of ABMs in the EV used for demonstration of range extension using exchangeable modules and the cross-country EV challenge.

Raymond de Callafon

Raymond de Callafon

Professor of Control Systems, UCSD

Raymond A. de Callafon received his M.Sc. degree in 1992 and his Ph.D. degree in 1998 in Mechanical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. In 1997 he held a Research Assistant position with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he is currently a Full Professor. At UCSD he directs the System Identification and Control Laboratory and is an affiliated faculty to the Center for Magnetic Recording Research. His research expertise is used to analyze experimental data from a battery system and formulate dynamic models of the battery as an energy storage system to help formulate strategic charging and discharging of battery modules.

Xin Zhao

Xin Zhao

Control Systems PhD Student, UCSD

Xin is currently a graduate student with Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California San Diego. His research interests are experiment-based system identification, and application-oriented controls. He graduated with a master and a bachelor degree from Department of Automotive Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing. In Tsinghua, he participated in a State High-Tech Development Plan (863 Program) of Fuel Cell City Bus, since then he is always interested in the control of electric power-train and electrical energy storage and delivery system. As a member of M-BEAM team, he is in charge of the firmware of Battery Management System (BMS) and also researching power management of the modular exchangeable battery system. Envisioning the popularity of Electric Vehicle (EV), he is passionate in working with all the M-BEAM teammates.

Steve Shrinkle

Steve Shrinkle

Mechanical Engineer

Steve is a Mechanical Engineer/Structural Analyst, focusing on structural dynamics as well as electro-mechanical packaging. He graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 and has since been working full time as an engineer at ViaSat, Inc. As one of the original M-BEAM team members, his focus is on the mechanical packaging of the battery, conversion of the car, battery interface, and cross-country trip coordination. In addition to his love for engineering, he enjoys spending time outdoors camping, backpacking, and surfing, watching Formula 1, and exploring the skies as a private pilot.

Alex Reed

Alex Reed

USCD Mech. Eng. Student

Alex joined the M-BEAM team as an undergraduate at UC San Diego, and has since graduated with a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. He recently relocated to San Jose for employment as an intern with a small robotics startup, specializing in servo control for robotic arms in laboratory automation.

Bing Xia

Bing Xia

Ph.D Candidate, SDSU/UCSD

Bing is in the joint Ph.D program held by San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on BMSs for electric vehicles, including fault diagnostic, charging optimization and battery control algorithms. He graduated from the dual degree program with bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University and Mechanical Engineering in University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has just been transferred to San Diego and joint the the M-BEAM project. He hopes that he could lead a happy life with his fiancee and help to make the cross-country trip happen!

Matthew Koral

Matthew Koral

UCSD Mech. Eng. Student

Currently working at Kyocera America, Inc. as a process engineer, Matthew Koral graduated from UC San Diego in the Spring of 2014 with a degree in Engineering Science. It was in his last quarter of his degree that he joined the M-BEAM project and plans on continued involvement throughout the cross-country drive. When not at work, he spends much of his free time running long distances or playing with his two dogs.

Glenn Siman

Glenn Siman

UCSD Mech. Eng. Student

Looking for a way to get involved in the electric automobile industry, Glenn began helping the M-BEAM project in Spring 2014.  He graduated from UCSD with a degree in mechanical engineering, fuelled by his passion in automobiles in order to expand his knowledge in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer.  He enjoys a nice drive and is looking forward to helping the M-BEAM with their cross-country trip.

Helmut Igel

Helmut Igel

M-BEAM Ambassador
Helmut is an entrepreneur and visionary and is helping M-beam in spreading the word regarding the modular technology and exploring different uses for it.
He has a BS in Nautical Industrial Technology from California Maritime Academy in 1986 and has 2nd Mates unlimited tonnage any ocean. Has started and run three different companies and is helping M-Beam find sponsors for the trip. He surfs, sails, sups, camp, travels and loves spending time with his three daughters.
Rachel De Matei

Rachel De Matei

UCSD Environmental Eng. Student

Rachel, graduating Class of 2015, is currently a student at University of California, San Diego with a degree in Environmental Engineering. She is extremely excited to be working with alternative energy in this project and even more excited for the cross country road trip! When not in school, she enjoys hiking, playing soccer, and relaxing at the sunny San Diego beaches.

Vance Lopez

Vance Lopez

UCSD Rady School of Management MBA

Vance is an MBA student at the UCSD Rady School of Management, focused on marketing and strategy with special emphasis on social impact enterprises. After graduating from UC Riverside with a bachelors in Business Administration, Vance commissioned as an officer in the US Marine Corps. Having served in a variety of leadership and executive staff positions, he takes with him a passion for great leadership and the desire to make a positive impact in his community. Vance became interested in the EV marketplace after interning in Israel for an EV charging station service provider. He sees the M-BEAM project as a great pathway to improving EV charging and will help the team in its marketing efforts for the cross-country trip.

Nikhar Abbas

Nikhar Abbas

UCSD Environmental Eng. Student

Nikhar is a current Environmental Engineering student at UCSD graduating in the spring 2015. He will be continuing his academic endeavors at UCSD in the fall as a part of the graduate department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is interested in pursuing a career in research of renewable energy, varying from renewable energy integration in smart power grids, to energy storage, to development of electric vehicles.

Naomi Diep

Naomi Diep

UCSD Environmental Eng. Student

Ngoc (Naomi) Diep is studying Environmental Engineering at UC San Diego, Class of 2015. Her interest in green energy has led her to work with wave-powered turbines at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and with battery modules on the MBEAM project. During Fall of 2015, she will be studying abroad in the Netherlands under Utrecht University’s Faculty of Geosciences. She looks forward to learning more about hydrology and geophysics while trying not to freeze in the cold, European winters.

Kristi Sobol

Kristi Sobol

UCSD Environmental Eng. Student

Kristi will be graduating Class of 2015 from UC San Diego with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Engineering. She is currently an intern for a global military planning firm based in San Diego known as Reid Planning, Inc. After graduation, Kristi will have a Planner position doing asset evaluation, architecture, and other engineering services for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Kristi is excited to continue to reside in San Diego, where she can keep working on the M-BEAM project and participate in the cross-country road trip. After being part of the M-BEAM team, Kristi hopes to also be an owner of an electric vehicle and maybe even convert her Toyota Rav4 into one!

Lacy Arena

Lacy Arena

UCSD Mech. Eng. Student

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