Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program: Electric, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research

Lucas Bruck

Master’s Student

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Lucas Bruck received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 2014, from Federal University of Sao Joao del-Rei, Brazil (UFSJ). During the last five years he has been gathering experience in vehicle dynamics by working in FCA group with both virtual analysis and vehicle testing. His main field of expertise has been vehicle dynamics, active controls and safety systems since then. In January 2018 he has joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) at Mcmaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

As a M.Sc. Lucas’s overall area of interest and research are the influence electrified powertrains have in vehicle dynamics and driver perception, and control systems in general.

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Lucas’s passion for cars and engineering begin very soon, much because of family influence. His father, an amateur kart racer, played an important role introducing him in the mechanical aspects of automotive design. During childhood, kart testing sessions and competitions were frequent weekend activities as much as watching races on television and building things on the yard. Through adolescence, physics and math classes were the last ingredient he needed to be sure he wanted to be an engineer, and although his father has taught him into vehicle design, it was always his mother who has encouraged him most to pursue his dreams and improve his knowledge academically .

During his undergrad studies (2009 to 2014) in UFSJ (Federal University of Sao Joao del-Rei, Brazil) he was part of the University’s Baja racing team. With his help, virtual simulation was introduced into the design of their prototype, which enhanced robustness and performance. With effort and dedication, they were the best rookie team in the 2010’s national competition and the team remains even today, as one of the best 10 Baja teams in Brazil.

After his undergrad studies (2014) he has joined FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), first into virtual analysis team. His role was to develop better solutions of suspension and steering systems in virtual environment. After that he has gathered experience in chassis control systems. His main activity was to calibrate ESC functions (Electronic Stability Control), assuring safety and comfort. During his final cycle on the OEM he has once again joined the virtual analysis team, this time to add his testing experience to develop the motion cueing of a dynamic simulator (FCA’s SimCenter Brazil) a major project with PUC-MG University in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Since January 2018, Lucas has joined Dr. Emadi’s team at Marc (McMaster Automotive Resource Centre) as a M. Sc. student. He is also part of the LEAP Project Laboratory in collaboration with FCA since then. Lucas’s research and overall fields of interest are the influence electrified powertrains have on vehicle dynamics and driver perception, and control systems in general.