Published On: Thu, Apr 2nd, 2015

Boca Raton Native to Redesign and Reengineer Chevrolet Camaro

A Boca Raton native who has been

Samuel Yacinthe, a native of Boca Raton and high school graduate of West Boca Raton Community High School, is helping to redesign and reengineer a Chevrolet Camaro as part of the Ohio State EcoCAR 3 team.

EcoCAR 3 is a four-year advanced vehicle technology competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. Students from 16 universities across North America are challenged to redesign and reengineer a Chevorlet Camaro to make it more fuel efficient and better for the environment, while still maintaining safety, performance and consumer acceptability.

Yacinthe serves as the Systems Engineering Lead for the Ohio State EcoCAR 3 team. In his role, he is responsible for design, control, and integration of vehicle systems. He had a large impact on the vehicle architecture selection process, since he helped develop models of the entire system, so the team could predict the behavior of thesystem for different design inputs.

“My position on the Ohio State EcoCAR 3 team during year one is extremely important,” Yacinthe said. “Since we currently don’t have a physical vehicle, we need to run simulations on computers to test our ideas for achieving design goals.”

So, what really sparked Yacinthe’s interest in automotive engineering? He instantly thought back to his first Lego set and how he enjoyed finding solutions to complex problems. But, in high school Yacinthe had an opportunity to experience engineering and design on a whole new level.

“At my school, I was on the drafting and design track,” Yacinthe said. “This meant that I took one class a year dedicated to those topics. In an early course, I was introduced to computer-aided design tools. By the end of thetrack, I was able to draft an entire house.”

Yacinthe is still considering where he hopes to be in the next few years. This summer he will be interning with theFord Motor Company within their Research & Advanced Engineering group.

“I believe that many of the opportunities I have now are a product of a great foundational education and hometown,” Yacinthe said. “Whether I go on to become a Professor in engineering or to work at an automotive company, the skills I have learned from Boca Raton will stay with me forever.”


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