Meet the Team

Ashley Kronsell Communication Manager

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Ashley Kronsell

Ashley is the Communication Manager for the RHIT EcoCAR2 team and this is her second year on the team. Ashley is a senior at Indiana State University where she is majoring in Human Communication and Art History. Ashley is excited to do the “hands-on, real-world” work during year two and promote sustainability amongst the community and her peers. What she likes most about EcoCAR 2 is traveling across the United States to attend the EcoCAR 2 workshops and meet students from other teams. When she’s not working with EcoCAR 2, Ashley enjoys traveling, watching baseball, crafting, and painting.

Kylee Bennett

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Kylee Bennett

This is Kylee’s first year on the RHIT EcoCAR 2 team. Kylee is a senior at Indiana State University and is expecting to graduate in May 2013. She is currently majoring in Public Relations and acquiring a Sports Management minor. What Kylee likes most about EcoCAR 2 is being able to gain real world experience in the field she aspires to be in one day. In her free time, she enjoys playing intramural soccer and basketball. Kylee also mentors students and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Chelsea Brinegar

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Chelsea Brinegar

Chelsea is entering her first year on the RHIT EcoCAR 2 team. She is currently a senior at Indiana State University and is majoring in Public Relations. What Chelsea likes most about EcoCAR 2 is that the program focuses on the issue of sustainability and electric drive vehicle technology. Chelsea enjoys reading, running, yoga, and spending time with her friends and family.

Leah Newton Business Manager

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Leah Newton

Leah is entering her first year on the RHIT EcoCAR 2 team. She is a senior at Indiana State University and is majoring in Anthropology and Criminology. Leah’s role on the team is to work as the “Eco Rep” for ISU. She will be joining forces with ISU and RHIT to promote sustainability and EcoCAR 2 amongst her peers.

Yiran Wei

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Yiran Wei

Yiran is entering her first year on the RHIT EcoCar 2 team. Yiran is currently a junior at Rose Hulman where she is majoring in Electrical Engineering. In preparation for year two, Yiran has been collaborating with other teammates in order to achieve a better model from year one. What Yiran likes most about EcoCAR 2 is that it is very fresh and challenging. In her free time, Yiran enjoys music, animation, games and shopping.

Will Adler

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Will Adler

Will Adler is entering his second year in the RHIT EcoCAR 2 team. Will is currently a senior at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he is majoring in mechanical engineering. What Will enjoys most about EcoCAR 2 is the hands on experience that he gets with the car. In his free time, Will participates in competitive shooting, soccer and is part of the Lambda Chi Alpha organization.

TJ Kathman

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TJ Kathman

TJ is entering his first year on the RHIT EcoCAR 2 Mechanical team. TJ is a junior at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology where he is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. In preparation for year two, TJ has gone through BOM tutorials as well as BIC safety training. What TJ likes most about EcoCAR 2 is students being in charge of projects and the hands on experience. In his spare time, TJ enjoys riding his dirtbike, working on cars, and hanging with friends.

Tianyi Xue

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Tianyi Xue

Tianyi Xue is a senior at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and is expected to graduate in May of 2013 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Tianyi is a member of the modeling group for the EcoCAR 2 engineering team and in his first year of involvement with EcoCAR 2. Tianyi’s focus for the remodeling group is to continue to improve the model from year one as they advance into years two and three of competition. His favorite aspect of EcoCAR 2 is having the opportunity to change a real world problem that millions of drives face every day, a more ecofriendly and sustainable automotive industry. In his spare time Tianyi imagines himself as Bobby Flay from his enjoyment of cooking.

Robert Anderton

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Robert Anderton

Robert is entering his first year on the RHIT EcoCAR 2 team. Robert is currently a junior at the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology where he is majoring in mechanical engineering. In preparation for year two, Robert has made sure that he is knowledgeable about the year’s rules and regulations. What Robert likes most about EcoCAR 2 is the great connections to companies that it provides. In Robert’s free time, he enjoys rally cross, auto cross, model rockets, and building computers.

Michael Junge

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Michael Junge

Michael is entering his first year on the RHIT EcoCAR 2 team. Michael is currently a senior at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he is majoring in electrical engineering. In preparation for year two, Michael has learned all of the modeling controls. What Michael likes most about EcoCAR 2 is the real world applications that are used. In his free time, Michael enjoys astronomy club, and hanging with friends.