- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - When Charles McIntosh visited IPFW with his parents, he really liked Fort Wayne a lot, he said.

“The people are great and if you’re an engineer, there’s a lot of opportunities,” said McIntosh, 21, who came to the campus from Paulding, Ohio.

The oldest of 11 children, McIntosh was homeschooled by his mother, a nurse by training, who seemed quite at home teaching math and science. McIntosh is a senior now and has been the recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Scholarship, also known as a free ride as far as tuition goes. He’s majoring in electrical engineering and already has accepted a position with Harris Corp., formerly Exelis.

Recently, McIntosh took the leadership position in delivering a paper to the 2015 Society for Design and Process Science Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The paper, “Modeling Simulation and Implementation of an Electric Vehicle,” is simple and straightforward, he said.

Under the guidance of professor Abdullah Eroglu, a group of electrical engineering students have been working on a prototype for an electric car, a hands-on experience that covers two semesters. The project was started by a team preceding the one in which McIntosh has taken a leadership role. Others will follow.



“The reason we need electric cars is that oil is not sustainable,” McIntosh said. “If we start running out, there will be a huge rush to develop alternative fuel, and then (there will be) inefficiency. (There will be) a waste of money and resources and economic talent.”

Another reason is smog. “You know how China’s smog is? We want to make sure we take care of our world,” McIntosh said.

The existing project phase cost $1,400, McIntosh said, a small price for a new prototype. Expected speed for the as-yet unnamed vehicle is 15 to 20 miles per hour. Sponsors include Indiana Michigan Power, NIPSCO, National Science Foundation, IPFW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering.

With a professional paper under review, the university’s prestige will only grow. Other professors involved with the project are Dr. Hosni Abu-Mulaweh, professor of mechanical engineering, and Dr. Hossein Oloomi, professor of electrical engineering. Students in collaboration were Andres Cobos, Mitchell Eilerman, Leandra Lee, Austin Swihart and Joshua Weaver.

“Charles is doing great things,” Eroglu said. The department is developing the technology but not thinking about selling it, he added.

“We are doing all the control system, joining the solar system,” Eroglu said.

The car is self-charging through solar energy, McIntosh said.

When he’s not doing schoolwork, McIntosh likes to play soccer and volleyball and is a fan of novels by Frank Peretti and Jules Verne.

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Source: The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette, https://bit.ly/1l5T1Vi

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