Lucas Bruck received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 from the UFSJ, Brazil. In the following years, he gathered experience in the automotive industry working with vehicle dynamics (virtual simulation and testing). In 2018 he joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) at Mcmaster University as an M.Sc. student and in 2019 became a Ph.D. student. Lucas also leads the MARCdrive lab, the driving simulation lab at MARC. Lucas’s research leverages driving simulation to connect and enhance vehicle dynamics, functional safety, and energy consumption.
Lucas’s passion for cars and engineering began very soon, much because of family influence. His father, an amateur kart racer, played an important role in introducing him to the mechanical aspects of automotive design. During childhood, kart testing sessions and competitions were frequent weekend activities as much 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. Although his father has taught him about vehicle design, his mother has encouraged him to pursue his dreams and improve his knowledge academically.
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’s national competition, and the team remains even today as one of the best 10 Baja teams in Brazil.
After his undergrad studies, he has joined the automotive industry, first into virtual analysis. His role was to develop better solutions for suspension and steering systems in a virtual environment. After that, he has worked with physical testing and validation of chassis systems. His main activity was to calibrate electronic stability control (ESC) functions in different conditions, assuring functional safety and ride comfort. Aligning the knowledge gathered from virtual analysis and physical testing, Lucas has helped develop motion cueing algorithms for dynamic driving simulators, a project that connected industry and academia.
In 2018, Lucas joined Dr. Emadi’s team at MARC as an M. Sc. student and in 2019 became a Ph.D. student. He has been part of the LEAP Project Laboratory in collaboration with Stellantis and the research lead with the MARCdrive Lab. Lucas’s research leverages driving simulation to connect and enhance vehicle dynamics, functional safety, and energy consumption.