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Haitian Student Samuel Yacinthe Re-engineer Chevrolet Camaro

Courtesy of West Boca News

Congratulations Haitian student Samuel Yacinthe, a graduate of West Boca Raton Community High School. Samuel is helping to redesign and re-engineer a Chevrolet Camaro as part of the Ohio State EcoCAR 3 team.

[West Boca News] EcoCAR 3 is a four-year advanced vehicle technology competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. Students from 16 universities across North America are challenged to redesign and re-engineer a Chevrolet Camaro to make it more fuel efficient and better for the environment, while still maintaining safety, performance and consumer acceptability.

Yacinthe serves as the Systems Engineering Lead for the Ohio State EcoCAR 3 team. In his role, he is responsible for design, control, and integration of vehicle systems. He had a large impact on the vehicle architecture selection process, since he helped develop models of the entire system, so the team could predict the behavior of the system for different design inputs.

“My position on the Ohio State EcoCAR 3 team during year one is extremely important,” Yacinthe said. “Since we currently don’t have a physical vehicle, we need to run simulations on computers to test our ideas for achieving design goals.”


“At my school, I was on the drafting and design track,” Yacinthe said. “This meant that I took one class a year dedicated to those topics. In an early course, I was introduced to computer-aided design tools. By the end of the track, I was able to draft an entire house.”

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Courtesy of West Boca News

Samuel Yacinthe was born in Haiti and moved to Florida at the age of two. While growing up in South Florida, he became interested in engineering when receiving his first Lego-set in elementary school. Samuel has proven his passion for engineering outreach through participation in projects including ICubed (National Science Foundation funded research project) as he continues to positively impact the community. In addition to being a contributing member in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Samuel pursues his leadership development by holding executive board positions in both Pi Tau Sigma and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Samuel is pursuing his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, and his research interests include human-machine systems, bio-inspired control, and automotive control systems.

Sam was among 60 college and university undergraduate students nationwide selected to participate in the 18th annual Posters on the Hill event taking place April 28-29 in Washington, D.C. Sam’s application was selected based on a review of over 600 application. – read more 

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