EcoCAR is a three-year competition that builds on the 20-year history of DOE advanced vehicle technology competitions. It gives college engineering students the chance to design and build advanced vehicles that demonstrate leading-edge automotive technologies. General Motors provides production vehicles, vehicle components, seed money, technical mentoring and operational support. DOE and its research and development facility, Argonne National Laboratory, provides competition management, team evaluation, and technical and logistical support. Through this important partnership, EcoCAR aims to inspire and support the next generation of scientists and engineers to unite around the common goal of sustainable mobility.
Funding for this project was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, Vehicle Technologies Program under the sponsorship of Connie Bezanson.
Mississippi State University’s car won first place in Year Two of the EcoCAR competition.
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Student Benets from EcoCAR
Beth Bezaire, who is earning her graduate degree in automotive engineering from Ohio State University (OSU), is one of only a few women in her graduate program. Since high school, she’s been active in internships, specialty classes in math and science, and programs like EcoCAR.
TransForum asked Beth: What has EcoCAR meant to you personally and as a team member?
Beth: EcoCAR continues to be an excellent experience.Working on a real-world,long-term project has given me hands-on experience that complements my coursework and helps me become more excited about engineering. As an OSU EcoCAR team member, I have been inspired by our team’s culture of teaching one another; this helps to unify our team and make us all better team members and engineers. And personally, as one of our team’s leaders, EcoCAR is preparing me for a career in industry. In addition to the technical skills I am gaining, EcoCAR is also challenging me to develop “soft skills,” such as learning how to manage my time effectively, how to give and receive direction, how to use my strengths (while also stretching myself in areas that I am weaker), and how to work collaboratively with a wide network of people.
OSU student Beth Bezaire (left) and Chris Fillyaw (corporate sponsor MathWorks) discuss plans for the Ohio State team’s EcoCAR vehicle before taking it out for a test drive.