AMERICAN JOURNEY 2.0 WINNER: TEAM BOBCAT ““ JOHN CICCONE, COLLIN HOCKEY, SANGMI PARK, JOE PHILLIPS
John Ciccone, Collin Hockey, Sangmi Park and Joe Phillips make up Team Bobcat, the student think tank that came up with Caravan Track, the winning application of the American Journey 2.0 open innovation research project between Ford and the University of Michigan.
Caravan Track allows a cluster of vehicles traveling together to track each other along the journey. The application was installed in a 2011 Ford Fiesta for the ultimate test drive to the 2010 Maker Faire in California.
A 2010 graduate of the University of Michigan, Ciccone has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and will soon be moving to San Diego to join Qualcomm, a wireless telecommunications research and development company, as a software engineer. Ciccone currently resides in Shelby Township, Mich., where he likes to spend time doing Web design, programming and mobile application development.
Hockey is a new University of Michigan graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. A native of South Lyon, Mich., Hockey moonlights as a writer of ground operations software for a small student-designed satellite mission, the Radio Aurora Explorer. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and is looking forward to getting married this summer.
Park is studying for her master’s in Human Computer Interaction at the University of Michigan and worked as an undergraduate researcher at Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, Korea, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Her long-term goal is to design and build systems and support tools that can help people better interact with their electronic devices. Seoul is Park’s hometown.
Phillips is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, holding a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He works as a simulation designer and programmer at the university’s Human-automation Interaction Cognition Laboratory. Phillips grew up in Bay City, Mich.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 176,000 employees and about 80 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and, until its sale, Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com.
May 12, 2010