EcoCAR 3 Tech Talk with Mechanical Engineer Sub-Team Leader

BY: AJ HamleyBrittany J. Galloway


The University of Alabama is facing off against 15 other universities in the latest Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, EcoCAR 3. AVTCs are engineering education programs managed by the Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory with the mission to better prepare the next generation of automotive engineers. The DOE has sponsored AVTCs in partnership with the automotive industry for more than 25 years. This four year AVTC is challenging students to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro that reduces fuel consumption, reduces wheel-to wheel greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce tailpipe emissions, all while considering cost, innovation, and consumer acceptability.

Aj Hamling, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, has always wanted to get involved with projects like EcoCAR 3. “It’s been a goal of mine since I started college to get a job in the automotive industry and this is a perfect entry experience for that career.” Hamling says the team is going to start drawing up ideas on how to redesign the cars engine.  “We’re going to take those ideas and build computer simulations of the different architectures and run those through simulations and see which ones perform the best.”

In the video blog you see AJ go into further detail about EcoCAR 3.