Connor Matthews, ’20, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

I helped Lightening Energy with the development of a high-rate recharging electric-vehicle battery pack. My main responsibility was to design the cooling plate to be as efficient and effective as possible. Iterations were created in the computer-aided design program Creo, as well as in Autodesk Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Another goal was to submit a provisional patent for certain charging designs, including charging stations for electric vehicles. I gained skills using CFD and in battery-cell development. Additionally, I learned the process of filing for a patent and of being a working engineer by interacting with Lightening Energy employees. This experience made me want to continue to explore the world of electric vehicles, as their development will be an important part of reducing anthropogenic carbon emissions.