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Adian S Cook

R&D Staff

Adian Cook is a Staff R&D Engineer in the Applied Research for Mobility Systems (ARMS) group at ORNL. Adian is the project lead for a sample of efforts at ORNL, including leading cross-laboratory and multi-disciplinary research in Cooperative Driving Automation (CDA).  This work is paramount to the CDA controls and algorithm development, virtual scenario generation, and development of CDA communication requirements at ORNL, DOE, DOT, and associated laboratories. In addition, Adian leads the Controller Area Network Transport Security Tracking and Reporting (C-STAR) project sponsored by the Office for Radiological Security (ORS). This project aims to secure a myriad of heavy-duty high-risk vehicle shipments by leveraging onboard telemetry and vehicle sensors on a modular and flexible edge computing platform. Adian is also a significant contributor to the Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) testing and integration being completed onsite in various projects and efforts. His developed code and algorithms are used throughout many models, libraries, and codesets throughout the ARMS group. In addition, he was the lead software engineer of a project that developed ORNL’s first autonomous people mover. Adian is experienced in vehicle integration, algorithm development, artificial intelligence, embedded hardware, and virtual vehicle environments. He also provides oversight of dynamometer testing in the Vehicle Systems Integration (VSI) Laboratory and is the Lab Space Manger (LSM) and Principal Investigator of the Connected and Automated Vehicle Environment (CAVE) Laboratory. Other projects at the lab include efforts in cybersecurity, cloud telematics, vehicle telemetry, dynamic wireless charging, and hydrogen fuel cells. 

2017 - present, R&D Staff, ORNL

2016 - 2017, Controls Engineer, New Eagle

2014 - 2016, Controls Lead, EcoCAR 3

2015, Engineering Intern, New Eagle

2010 - 2012, Research Assistant, Sewanee: The University of the South

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2024 (expected)

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2016

B.S. in Physics, Sewanee: The University of the South, 2013

SAE International, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AASS), Transportation Security Unified Stakeholders Group (TSUSG)