Fall Workshop Wraps Up at MathWorks

After all the hard work and planning, the EcoCAR Year Two Fall Workshop in Natick, MA, has officially come to an end.

Over the five day workshop, teams participated in multi-track training featuring competition sponsors General Motors, MathWorks, dSPACE, A123 Systems, Freescale, Vector, Siemens, CD-adapco, Magna Powertrain and more.

During the Fall Workshop, teams received an update on Year Two competition rules, upcoming deliverables and EcoCAR events for the coming year from members of the EcoCAR 2 Executive Steering Committee. The teams also had the opportunity to receive valuable and extensive training in donated software and components from MathWorks, dSPACE, Freescale, Siemens and CD-Adapco.

In addition to the technical training and sessions, communications managers and business managers each had their own dedicated tracks in which they learned about the communications and business deliverables for the year. The communications managers participated in media relations and video production training, while the business managers focused on training involving project management hosted by EarthPM and sponsor relations.

Teams also had the opportunity to attend various special events throughout the workshop.  To open the workshop, students were invited to a Sponsor Social Networking and Recruiting event and an engineering career panel featuring Paul Smith of MathWorks, Phil Shaw of AVL, John Cotner of Freescale, Steven Boyd from the U.S. Department of Energy and John Haraf of General Motors. The students then participated in a fun night at F1 Boston hosted by MathWorks, where they went head-to-head with fellow students and sponsors on the track.  In the end, Ed Argalas from General Motors reigned supreme with a top time of 15.98 seconds with Owen Shermo of Penn State and Jonathan Camp of Embry-Riddle finishing second and third, respectively. For the final night of workshop, students were given a tour of Fenway Park and dinner at Game On! in downtown Boston.

EcoCAR would like to thank everyone for coming to Boston and send out a special thank you to MathWorks for hosting such a wonderful event!

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