Wednesday, 13 April, 2011 12:18 PM
2011 World Congress Marks the Official Launch to EcoCAR 2: Plugging
into the Future
Engineering Competition Set to Educate the Next Generation of Auto
credit: PRNewsFoto/Argonne National Laboratory, Roy Feldman
2 participants will use a Chevrolet Malibu, donated by General
Motors, as the basis for their entries in the three-year
-- Today at SAE 2011 World Congress in Detroit, David Sandalow,
Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs from the
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), took the stage for the morning
keynote address and, along with Karl Stracke from General Motors
(GM), announced the official launch of EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to
the Future . SAE World Congress served as the perfect venue to jump-start
the new program because, like EcoCAR 2, the conference aims to equip
today's engineers with the knowledge and training needed to continue
the evolution of automotive propulsion technology and energy efficiency.
Established by the DOE and GM, EcoCAR 2 is a three-year collegiate
engineering competition and the only program of its kind. The mission
of EcoCAR 2 is to educate the next generation of automotive engineers
through an unparalleled hands-on, real-world engineering experience.
The competition challenges 16 North American universities to reduce
the environmental impact of vehicles without compromising performance,
safety and consumer acceptability. Combining new teams and veterans
to Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions, the schools that have
been chosen to participate in the EcoCAR 2 are as follows:
State University, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
State University (Fort Collins, CO)
Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL)
State University (Starkville, MS)
Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
- The Ohio
State University (Columbus, OH)
State University (University Park, PA)
University (West Lafayette, IN)
Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN)
of Ontario Institute of Technology (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada)
of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
of Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)
of Washington (Seattle, WA)
of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
Tech (Blacksburg, VA)
State University (Detroit, MI)
2 provides valuable experience to promising young engineers throughout
the U.S.," said David Sandalow, DOE Assistant Secretary for
Policy & International Affairs. "We wish the EcoCAR 2 teams
best of luck in the competition and look forward to watching them
progress during the three-year program."
requires students to explore a variety of powertrain architectures
and follow a real-world engineering regimen modeled after GM's Global
Vehicle Development Process (GVDP). EcoCAR 2 teams will utilize
a Chevrolet Malibu, donated by General Motors, as the integration
platform for their advanced vehicle design.
the students the Chevy Malibu for the next vehicle made perfect
sense, as the industry and consumers are moving to smaller cars,"
said Karl Stracke, CEO of Opel/Vauxhall at GM. "Plus, the Malibu
offers the students a flexible platform that will allow them to
explore various advanced propulsion technologies and other fuel
savings techniques. We're definitely eager to watch the EcoCAR teams
gain unparalleled experience and knowledge that will be extremely
valuable to any automotive company after the students graduate."
information about the student engineering program, the participating
schools or the competition sponsors, please visit www.EcoCAR2.org
or the Inside the Green Garage blog.
is a three-year competition that builds on the 23-year history of
DOE advanced vehicle technology competitions by giving engineering
students the chance to design and build advanced vehicles that demonstrate
cutting-edge automotive technologies.
Motors provides production vehicles, vehicle components, seed money,
technical mentoring and operational support. The U.S. Department
of Energy and its research and development facility, Argonne National
Laboratory, provide competition management, team evaluation, technical
and logistical support.
this important partnership, EcoCAR 2 aims to inspire and educate
the next generation of automotive engineers and accelerate the development
and demonstration of technologies that are of interest to the DOE
and the automotive industry.
Argonne National Laboratory
Franz F. Pischinger Powertrain Innovation Award Goes to Dr. John
recognized by FEV, Inc. sponsored award for breakthrough research
in emissions reduction and reducing fuel consumption
-- FEV, Inc., a leading developer of advanced powertrain
and vehicle technologies, announced today that the third annual
SAE Franz F. Pischinger Powertrain Innovation Award will be presented
to Dr. John H. Johnson, presidential professor emeritus at Michigan
Technological University in Houghton, Mich. The award will be presented
by Gary Rogers, President and CEO of FEV, Inc., at the annual SAE
awards ceremony held in conjunction with the 2011 World Congress
at Cobo Center in Detroit.
am honored that Dr. Johnson is being presented this award,"
said the award's namesake, Prof. Franz Pischinger. "His demonstrated
leadership and dedication in the classroom, the research lab, and
on the national stage exemplifies the spirit of this award."
is a pioneer in the area of diesel emissions, beginning in the 1970s
when he helped establish measurement methods and procedures used
to the first Federal smoke standard and in 1973 for the State of
California gaseous emission standards for heavy duty on-highway
vehicles. His research has involved determining how to measure and
control diesel emissions using advanced methodologies to develop
an advanced combustion system to meet stringent emission standards
while reducing fuel consumption.
has participated in twelve different National Academy of Science
committees that have evaluated various technologies to reduce fuel
consumption. He is currently chair of a committee created to review
phase two of the 21st Century Truck Partnership, with a mission
to explore technological improvements in commercial and military
earned his PhD. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of
Wisconsin, and has worked for the US Army Tank Automotive Center
and Navistar Truck and Engine (formerly International Harvester).
He began his academic career in 1970 at MTU as a Professor of Mechanical
Engineering, eventually chairing the department. He now serves as
Presidential Professor Emeritus, Department of Mechanical Engineering
and Engineering Mechanics.
F. Pischinger Powertrain Innovation Award was established in 2008
by FEV to recognize exceptional innovation and competence in powertrain
design and development through the annual recognition of an engineer
who has demonstrated outstanding innovation in the field. The nominee
must be a degreed engineer, employed or retired, who holds or has
applied for a patent(s).
Pischinger has devoted his entire career to furthering powertrain
technology and the education of young engineers as they prepared
for careers in engineering. He held leading positions in the powertrain
industry for most of his 50-year career and, until 2003, was the
President and CEO of FEV Motorentechnik GmbH, where he currently
retains the title of Chairman of the Board. Prof. Pischinger has
also been responsible for educating thousands of students into the
field of powertrain engineering, while overseeing the activities
of the Institute for Applied Thermodynamics at the Aachen Technical
University from 1970 to 1997. Many of his former students now hold
leading roles in the automotive and transportation industry worldwide.
Source: FEV, Inc.