Michael Leamy is a professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Leamy’s research simulates nonlinear dynamical behavior present in structures and materials and develops optimal control strategies for hybrid propulsion that accounts for fuel efficiency, heat generation, emissions, and other performance metrics. “I am particularly interested in developing optimal control strategies for hybrid propulsion systems that account for all potential failure modes,” he says.
Leamy designed the first hybrid school bus in Georgia and along with Tom Fuller from the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and David Taylor from the School of Electric And Computational Engineering, serves as a faculty advisor for EcoCar. The EcoCAR Mobility Challenge is a multi-year advanced vehicle technology competition (AVTC) sponsored by General Motors, MathWorks, and the US Department of Energy. This four-year (2018–2022) competition challenges 12 North Americans schools to redesign a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer to maximize energy efficiency using advanced hybrid propulsion systems, vehicle connectivity, and vehicle automation.
Learn more about Leamy’s research here.
Learn more about EcoCar here.