EcoCAR 2 Fall Workshop Wraps Up in Pontiac

The Year One Fall Workshop has come to an end as teams headed back to their respective universities to disseminate information from more than 50 sessions to their team members.

EcoCAR 2's Chevrolet Malibu outside the GM Powertrain facilities

Over the five day workshop, teams attended sessions from General Motors, Natural Resources Canada, Argonne National Laboratory, MathWorks, dSPACE, A123 Systems, Freescale, AVL, ETAS, Snap-On, Magna Powertrain, Siemens, CD-adapco, Vector CANtech, and Woodward.

These sessions covered an array of topics, which included electrical, mechanical, controls, outreach, and business deliverables. Students, advisors, and sponsors were pleased with the training sessions and enjoyed learning about EcoCAR 2.

“These bright students are the future of the automotive industry,” said Kent Helfrich, Executive Director, Electronic Controls & Software at General Motors. “Over the past several days, they attended vigorous training sessions that will help them throughout the three-year competition. I hope they enjoyed their time at the GM Powertrain facilities and wish every team good luck during Year One.”

Members of Ohio State take part in dSPACE training at the Fall Workshop

When not in training sessions, teams enjoyed two evening events hosted by General Motors, including go-kart racing at Kart 2 Kart and a tour of the Wixom Performance Build Center. Students and advisors also enjoyed a Sponsor Social Networking and Recruiting event that kicked things off on Wednesday of the workshop.

Thank you to General Motors for hosting the Year One Fall Workshop at their GM Powertrain Headquarters in Pontiac, Michigan. Stay updated on all things EcoCAR 2 here at the Green Garage Blog and on Facebook, and Twitter!