The EcoCAR 2 Year One Fall Workshop in Pontiac, Mich. is underway, and sessions for the students are in full swing. During the workshop teams are participating in multi-track training featuring competition sponsors: GM, MathWorks, dSPACE, A123 Systems, Freescale, ETAS, Snap-On, Vector, Siemens, CD-Adapco and Woodward.
The four days are packed full of knowledge building for the students. The sessions provide students valuable experience with professional engineering practices and project management. Teams are learning to use math-based design tools to help them compare and select an advanced vehicle powertrain that meets the team and competition goals.
Team Outreach Coordinators were also welcomed to the EcoCAR 2 program in a dedicated track where they learned about the outreach and business deliverables for the first year. In addition, OCs are participating in media relations and video production training to assist them in executing their deliverables.
On opening night of the workshop, students gathered for a Sponsor Social Networking and Recruiting reception and dinner where they had the opportunity to introduce themselves to sponsors. For students, the opportunity to spend time with competition organizers and sponsor representatives is very valuable because in recent years sponsors have hired many competition graduates.
There are still a few days of the workshop left, be sure to check back and see what else the teams have been doing.