Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Whitefoot, John
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Whitefoot, John William
Faculty
Assistant Professor
Office: 803 Benedum Hall
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, 2012
MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, 2001
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, 1999

Dr. Whitefoot’s broad research interests include energy system optimization, transportation design and policy, and transportation/energy integration. Specifically, his research is on design optimization and energy dispatch of combined energy and transportation systems, with a particular focus on the interaction of plug-in vehicles with electrical microgrids, while accounting for inherent stochasticity. Additionally, he is interested in the effects of transportation and land-use planning on vehicle design and use, as well as how federal regulations affect vehicle design.

  • Secretary’s Team Award, U.S. Department of Transportation (2012
  • Best Paper Award – ASME Int’l. Design Engineering Technical Conferences (2011
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship (2009
  • Mechanical Engineering Departmental Fellowship (2008)
  • Rackham Non‐Traditional Student Fellowship (2008
  • Bursley Prize for an Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Senior, U. Michigan (1999
  • Cummins Engine Company Scholarship (1997)
  • Amoco Foundation Scholarship (1996)
  • University of Michigan Distinguished Minority Scholarship (1995‐1999)
  • Steiber, J., Cooper, C., Whitefoot, J., MacIsaac, J., Reinhart, T., “Analysis Process for Truck Fuel Efficiency Study,” SAE 2015 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, Rosemont, IL, October 6, 2015
  • Cooper, C., Reinhart, T., MacIsaac, J., Whitefoot, J., “Medium‐Duty Truck Fuel Efficiency Technology Study,” SAE 2015 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, Rosemont, IL, October 6, 2015.
    Badain, N., Reinhart, T., Cooper, C., MacIsaac, J., Whitefoot, J., “Class 8 Long Haul Fuel Efficiency Technology Study,” SAE 2015 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, Rosemont, IL, October 6, 2015
  • Whitefoot, J.W. Optimal co‐design of microgrids and electric vehicles: synergies, simplifications and the effects of uncertainty, Doctoral Dissertation, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2012
  • Whitefoot, J.W., Mechtenberg, A.R., Peters, D.L. and Papalambros, P.Y. “Optimal Component Sizing and Forward‐Looking Dispatch of an Electrical Microgrid for Energy Storage Planning,”ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Washington, D.C., August 28‐31, 2011. (Best Paper Award
  • Whitefoot, J.W., Ahn, K. and Papalambros, P.Y. “The Case for Urban Vehicles: Powertrain Optimization of a Power‐Split Hybrid for Fuel Economy on Multiple Drive Cycles,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Montreal, Quebec, August 2010.
  • Ersal, T., Ahn, C., Peters, D. L., Whitefoot, J. , Mechtenberg, A. R., Hiskens, I. A., Peng, H., Stefanopoulou, A., Papalambros, P. Y., and Stein, J. L. “On the effect of DC source voltage on inverter‐based frequency and voltage regulation and component sizing in a military microgrid,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 4(3), pp. 1576‐1585, 2013.
  • Ahn, K., Whitefoot, J., Babajimopoulos, A., Ortiz‐Soto, E., and Papalambros, P. ʺHomogeneous charge compression ignition technology implemented in a hybrid electric vehicle: System optimal design and benefit analysis for a power‐split architecture,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 227(1), pp. 87–98, 2012.
  • Ahn, K., Whitefoot, J., Papalambros, P., Atluri, P. and Tate, E. “Comparison of Early‐stage Design Methods for a Two‐mode Hybrid Electric Vehicle,” IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, Chicago, IL, September 6‐9, 2011.
  • Peters, D., Mechtenberg, A., Whitefoot, J., and Papalambros, P. “Model Predictive Control of a Microgrid with Plug‐In Vehicles: Error Modeling and the Role of Prediction Horizon,” ASME Dynamic Systems and Controls Conference, Arlington, VA, Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2011.
  • Whitehead, J. W. Design and Performance of Derivative‐Free Optimization Algorithms Used with Hybrid‐Electric Vehicle Simulations, M.S. Thesis, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2001.

  • “Light‐Duty Vehicle Simulation for CAFE Mid‐Term Review,” presentation to National Research Council committee, Washington, DC, June 2014.
  • “NHTSA’s Role and Perspective on Lithium‐Ion Battery Safety,” Advanced Automotive Battery Conference, Pasadena, CA, February 2013.
  • “Optimal Component Sizing and Forward‐Looking Dispatch of an Electrical Microgrid for Energy Storage Planning,” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Washington, DC, August 28‐31, 2011.
  • “Optimal design of a distributed energy microgrid supported by plug‐in vehicles,” LMS Americas Automotive Conference, Dearborn, MI, June 15, 2011.
  • Combined Optimal Design and Control of a Distributed‐Energy Microgrid and Plug‐In Electric Vehicles,” University of Michigan Graduate Engineering Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI, September 2010.
  • Effects of Traffic Congestion on Driving Distances and Vehicle Fuel Use,” Transportation Research Board 89th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 2010.
  • “Optimization of Parallel Hybrid‐Electric Vehicles Using Derivative‐Free Methods,” ADVISOR/PSAT Vehicle Modeling User Conference, Southfield, MI, 2001.

Tao, Dongling, Whitehead, John W. and Wolf, Len A. “Tuned Window Sash,” U.S. Patent 7,694,460, published April 13, 2010