Sunny Sharma


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  • Masters Candidate in Mechanical Engineering (Expected Graduation – May 2018)
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering – Rice University, 2016
  • Research Interests: Dynamic Modeling, Control Systems


Current Work

Idle emissions from vehicles wastes billions of gallons of gasoline each year and comprises nearly 2 percent of our annual carbon dioxide emissions. One of the main reasons for idling is to provide air conditioning and heating for vehicle occupants even when the car is not in motion. Due to increasingly stringent emission laws, more vehicles are equipped with electrically powered battery heating and air conditioning systems. However, one main drawback to this approach is that battery life is often too short to provide heating and cooling for an extended period.

My research examines the use of extremum seeking control, a model free control method, to optimize the battery life of this class of systems.