By Patrick Walsh, Argonne National Laboratory
This past week in Detroit, Michigan, EcoCAR 2 organizers and students attended the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) 2012 World Congress at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. Automotive OEMs and suppliers, as well as related companies and organizations in the industry, were present to showcase products and present technical papers. There was a host of exciting advanced vehicle technology on display, including hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrids, EVs and alternative fueled vehicles. Additionally, exciting vehicle technology, such as anticipatory control systems and connected vehicle networks, were on display.
Kristen De La Rosa, Brian Benoy and myself, all organizers for EcoCAR 2 from Argonne National Laboratory, were present to showcase the EcoCAR 2 wrapped Malibu as well as answer questions about the competition at our trade show exhibit.
I was (genuinely!) excited to serve as session chair for the EcoCAR Development paper session within the 2012 World Congress technical paper program. The authors gave 20 minute slide presentations about their papers to a varied audience of EcoCAR 2 students, former competition students, competition sponsors and interested researchers. The session was a success, and I am already planning the session for the 2012 Powertrain Fuels and Lubricants conference this September in Malmo, Sweden, as well as 2013 SAE World Congress. We plan to have even more student papers to present!
The 2012 session included 8 technical papers from past and current students and organizers, which can be viewed here.
The competition is very grateful to SAE for providing us this technical session at their conferences. It allows us to showcase the hard work done by teams in not only designing, building and refining advanced technology vehicles, but also in communicating those designs to the public through technical papers such as these. We look forward to seeing you out at the next conference!