Fall Workshop Begins With a Sponsor Social and Engineering Career Panel

General Motors talking to a CSULA Student at the Sponsor Social

Last night, teams arrived at the EcoCAR 2 Fall Workshop in Natick, MA. After registering with EcoCAR organizers, students mingled with sponsors at a Sponsor Social Networking and Recruiting event. Students spent part of the evening mingling with representatives from competition-level sponsors at booths hosted by recruiters from each organization. The sponsors’ exhibits allow students to learn more about those organizations and network with industry leaders, and they also provided an outlet for sponsors to hear more about the status of the teams.

Teams also had the chance to attend an Engineering Career Panel in the evening. Experts from government and private industry discussed their unique career paths in the engineering field. The panel allowed the students a rare look into the professional lives of the panelists. Those panelists included Paul Smith of MathWorks, who moderated the panel and shared his own experiences, as well as Phil Shaw of AVL, John Cotner of Freescale, Steven Boyd from the U.S. Department of Energy, and John Haraf of General Motors. Key topics for the panelists included the reason they chose the automotive industry, work cultures at their respective companies and what roles mentors played for them in their professional careers.

As students seek jobs in the engineering field, wisdom from those with years of experience is invaluable, and one of the reasons why EcoCAR 2 gives students unique preparation for their future.

Over the next few days, teams will have the chance to race at F1 Boston, tour Fenway Park, and explore downtown Boston! Check out the Green Garage Blog, Facebook, and Twitter for updates throughout the Fall Workshop!