On Friday, EcoCAR organizers from Argonne National Laboratory and General Motors met with the EcoCAR Faculty Advisory Board (FAB) at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. The FAB provides critical academic input and direction to EcoCAR organizers and consists of four EcoCAR faculty advisors who come from a mix of veteran and incoming teams involved in Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC).
“These advisors provide a unique perspective to the competition,” said EcoCAR organizer and AVTC Mechanical Engineer, Nicole Lambiase. “They help the organizers by giving their own input about what they believe the students and teams can achieve, then we feed that insight back into the planning and execution of the program. It is always nice to hear what the advisors have to say.”
At last week’s FAB meeting, EcoCAR organizers prepared for the Spring Emissions Testing and Workshop to be held at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Ann Arbor facility, in March. Organizers also discussed the preliminary scope of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future competition.
“Given the technical and logistical demands EcoCAR places on our students, I’m grateful that the EcoCAR organizers solicit our suggestions to ensure the competition metrics and logistics are the best they can be,” said University of Victoria Faculty Advisor Curran Crawford.
After discussing the Spring Workshop and EcoCAR 2, members of the FAB took a tour of the University of Victoria EcoCAR garage and saw the university’s upcoming Green Vehicle Research and Testing Centre, which will be complete in early 2011 (Learn more about the centre, here: http://greengarageblog.org/2010/09/21/uvics-new-green-garage-taking-shape/).