Electronic Thermal Management for Autonomous Vehicles

Electronic Thermal Management for Autonomous Vehicles

The student team will design a functional energy harvesting prototype for the primary computational subsystem in an autonomous vehicle, focused on maximum possible efficiency. The prototype will reflect the operational requirements of an actual, in-design autonomous vehicle engine. Potential avenues of inquiry include incorporation of thermo-electric materials to harvest heat, utilization of excess energy to power cooling fans, transference of heat systems requiring warming, etc.


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Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2018:

Click here to view Student IP Agreement

Click here to view NDA 

How to Apply

Project Features

  • Skill level All levels
  • Students 6-7 Students
  • Likely Majors ChE, EE, MSE, ME, PHYSICS
  • Course Substitutions English
  • IP & NDA Required? Yes
  • Summer Opportunity See Complete Description for Details
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