Monday, December 1, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
KEC 1003

Speaker Information

Jennifer Vining
Daimler Trucks, Portland


How often do you stop to ask yourself how complicated the control system is in your car? Or even yet take a serious look at the engineering behind these commonplace wonders? This is a question that engineers at Daimler ponder every day. The technology behind today's transportation options increases in complexity every year. This talk will cover these topics with a focus on the advanced controls and hybrid-enabled high voltage systems for the Dept. of Energy SuperTruck program at Daimler as well as high voltage design for manufacturability.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Vining received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas - Austin in and both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering, minoring in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. While in Austin, Jennifer worked for IBM and the Applied Research Laboratories: UT Austin before moving to Madison for graduate school. Upon finishing her Masters, she worked in Warwick, UK at Ocean Power Technologies. Her work in the UK and various other marine renewables consulting positions served to complement her research in the area of modeling and design of electric drives and controls for marine renewables, leading to her Ph.D. dissertation "A Doubly-Fed Linear Generation for Ocean Wave Energy Conversion". Dr. Vining now works on hybrid powertrain development at Daimler within the Dept. of Energy SuperTruck program.