On-the-Job Training: An Embry Riddle Student Looks Forward to EcoCAR 2

By Embry Riddle’s Cassie Cameron

After being brought on to the Embry Riddle EcoCAR Team very late in the game, I had (and still do have) a lot of catching up to do.  I was brought on to assist the team’s current outreach coordinator and learn the ropes in preparation to take over the outreach coordinator position for EcoCAR 2 next year. This competition was foreign to me, but thankfully I was thrown right in and started to learn about the overall objectives and importance of it right away.

The Embry Riddle Team at Year Three Finals in June

As a communications major I don’t have a lot of engineering background, so I’m amazed at the work our team members have done.  It’s really great to come into the lab and see our engineers working on various aspects of our vehicle. Seeing people so motivated and driven for a worthy cause is very refreshing.

Initially, I worked on the influencer campaign.  I sent out several letters to local, state and national government officials.  I was excited when my letters produced results. For example, the circulation of my letters gave us the opportunity to have U.S. Congressman John Mica and Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey visit our Green Garage and meet team members.

I’ve also helped with the progress reports, which will be good practice for next year.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this experience it is that communication is vital to a team’s success.  There are so many team members working on various projects that if the lines of communication aren’t open and consistent, things get a little crazy.  Luckily our team has a handle on communicating between members.  I’m proud of the work our team did in EcoCAR 1, and I’m very excited to see what EcoCAR 2 has in store!