EcoCAR 2 Students Gather at SAE’s 2012 Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants Meeting

Last week, EcoCAR 2 organizer Patrick Walsh, and several EcoCAR 2 students, attended the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2012 Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants meeting in Malmo, Sweden. Automotive OEMs and suppliers, as well as related companies and organizations in the industry, showcased products at the tradeshow and presented technical papers in various sessions throughout the week.

There was a host of exciting content on display at the trade show, including cutting edge biofuels and biomimetic technology. Many present were unaware of the competition but were happy to learn more, including several professors from domestic and international universities and Tier 1 automotive suppliers.

The four students, Matt Doude from Mississippi State University, Katherine Bovee from the Ohio State University, Eduardo Barrientos from Pennsylvania State University and Chris Reid from California State University Los Angeles, presented their EcoCAR 2 Year One Final Technical Reports to a session of the conference dedicated to the EcoCAR 2 program. Argonne’s Patrick Walsh introduced the session with a keynote speech about competitions and the diversity of engineering work that comes from competition students year after year. Walsh also served as session chair for this session as well as Advanced Propulsion Systems.

The student authors gave 20-minute slide presentations on their vehicle designs and Year One outcomes to a varied audience that included EcoCAR 2 faculty advisors, interested researchers, and industry experts. The session was a success and organizers hope to plan a session for the 2013 SAE World Congress, at which ten papers have already been submitted by EcoCAR 2 teams!

The competition is very grateful to SAE for providing EcoCAR 2 with this technical session. It allows EcoCAR 2 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 and presentations. Thank you to SAE for all of the support for the EcoCAR 2 program!

Take a look at the slideshow below for more images of the EcoCAR 2 teams in action at the SAE meeting:

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