President Obama’s Visit to OSU All About Energy… and EcoCAR 2!

Yesterday, six of the OSU EcoCAR 2 team members had a chance to meet with President Obama to talk to him about the EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future competition during his visit to the OSU Center for Automotive Research (CAR). Katherine Bovee, the team leader, and Sarah Jadwin, the outreach coordinator, spoke to the President about the benefits of participating in the EcoCAR 2 competition and the importance of being a part of Advanced Vehicle Technology competitions.

Katherine told the President, “I speak for all the participants in the EcoCAR 2 competition when I say EcoCAR 2 has been an amazing opportunity to learn about advanced automotive technologies. Every student has had the chance to gain hands-on experience with these vehicles and apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real life. It is an amazing opportunity.”

“It was an honor to meet him and an honor to represent the EcoCAR 2 teams. It was wonderful to meet a government leader who is so passionate about advanced energy and creating a better tomorrow. He was excited to hear about all the projects at CAR,” said Tyler Joswick, co-outreach coordinator, after visiting with President Obama.

After the tour at the Center for Automotive Research, President Obama presented to students and faculty about his new energy plan and ways to conserve energy use while developing alternative fuels. In his speech, President Obama mentioned how much he enjoyed his tour at the Center for Automotive Research!

“More clean and renewable energy- You know what I am talking about here because this school is a national leader in developing new sources of energy and advanced vehicles that use a lot less energy,” said President Obama during his speech at the Ohio State recreation center.

The Ohio State team was honored to represent the EcoCAR 2 competition and all its participants yesterday. Thanks for visiting, President Obama!

For more pictures from President Obama’s visit to OSU, please visit the OSU EcoCAR 2 website (