BY: Torie Hawn
As many teams start preparing for Year Two, Colorado State University’s Vehicle Innovation Team (CSU VIT) reflected on all of the hard work they put into the first year of the competition. One of the most memorable parts of the year was their community outreach in the spring where they were proud to put their hard work on display during a few on-campus events.
In April, the team displayed their work at Colorado State University’s E-Days, an event where engineering students showcase their design projects. Each individual team, including battery, controls, powertrain, emissions and mechanical had their own displays demonstrating projects they worked on all year. E-Days was a huge event, with display booths from every senior design project through the college of engineering, but EcoCAR 3 was certainly a highlight.
The battery team, solely operated by Jacob Robinson, showed off a battery and discussed the structure and functionality. Controls had a computer set up to provide visitors with demonstrations of how they operate the controls system of a vehicle. Powertrain displayed an impressive ECOTEC engine that caught the eye of visitors and judges alike. The emissions team displayed a prototype demonstrating an emissions reduction system. Finally, the mechanical team displayed prototypes and images of their mounts for battery and powertrain.
The Colorado State University’s VIT also participated in Celebrating Undergraduate Research and Creativity (CURC), an event similar to E-Days in which students showcase their academic work. The diverse range of topics making this an exciting event. CURC is an important event to acknowledge the hard work that undergraduates put in to their research and studies. The Colorado State University VIT was one of many groups eager to show off their success.
“It is important for people to understand the significance of research regarding hybrid vehicle technology and the CURC event was an excellent way for us to get the message out,” said Bradley Nelson, a member of the mechanical team for CSU VIT.
During the event, a lot of people were intrigued by the CSU VIT mechanical team, and by the EcoCAR program in general. People frequently visited their display and it caught to eye of the judges. At the end of the day, judges and visitors were very impressed with CSU VIT’s mechanical team, and they were awarded highest honors at the event.