Lucas Bruck

Principal Research Engineer
Research Focus: Driving Simulation, Drivability, Energy Management System, Functional Safety, and Vehicle Dynamics
Industry Focus: Automotive Electrification and Vehicle Dynamics

Lucas Bruck received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 from the UFSJ, Brazil. In 2018 he joined McMaster University as an MSc. student, and in 2022, he finished his Ph.D. in powertrain electrification.

Before McMaster, Lucas worked in the automotive industry with vehicle dynamics assessment of chassis systems. His work included simulated and experimental activities to ensure high standards of safety, handling, and comfort.

Lucas is currently Principal Research Engineer with the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre. His work leverages driving simulation to enhance vehicle dynamics, functional safety, and energy consumption of electrified autonomous-capable vehicles.

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

During his undergrad studies (2009 to 2014) in 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 national competition, and the team remains one of the best 10 Baja teams in Brazil. 

After his undergrad studies, he joined the automotive industry. His role was to develop better solutions for suspension and steering systems in a virtual environment. After that, he worked with experimental testing and validation of active chassis systems. His main activity was calibrating electronic stability control (ESC) functions in different conditions, ensuring functional safety, handling and ride comfort. Aligning the knowledge gathered from virtual analysis and experimental testing, Lucas has also helped develop motion cueing algorithms for dynamic driving simulators. 

In 2018, Lucas joined McMaster as an MSc. student and, in 2022, finished his Ph.D. Over those years, he has been part of industry-sponsored projects such as the LEAP Project Laboratory in collaboration with Stellantis and the Mobility Cube with Cubic Transportation.  

Lucas is currently Principal Research Engineer with the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre. His work leverages driving simulation to enhance vehicle dynamics, functional safety, and energy consumption of electrified autonomous-capable vehicles. 

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