EcoCAR teams had the chance to attend a Sustainability in Engineering Panel last week during the 2013 Winter Workshop. Experts from government and private industry discussed their unique career paths in the sustainability field. The panelists include
- Moderator: Elise Keddie, Manager of Zero Emission Vehicle Implementation at the California Air Resources Board (CARB).d:
- Edgar Farrera, Sustainability Director at the Circuit of The Americas racetrack in Austin.
- Cindy Svestka, Engineering Group Manager for GM North American Cranking Systems and Electronic Sensors, and former lead for EcoCAR, Challenge X, FutureTruck, and the Ethanol Vehicle Challenge.
- Matthew Crosby, Program Manager for Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies at Austin Energy.
- Dub Taylor, Director of the Texas State Energy Conservation Office.
- Brewster McCracken, Executive Director of Pecan Street Inc., a smart grid research and commercialization consortium at The University of Texas at Austin.
The panel allowed the students a rare look into the professional lives of the panelists. Key topics for the panelists included the reason for choosing their current job or career, topics in sustainability such as the smart grid, intelligent thermostats, and vehicle-to-vehicle communications for optimum traffic flow, and the panelists’ favorite emerging technologies in the energy sector. As students seek jobs in the engineering field with an eye on sustainability, wisdom from those with years of experience is invaluable. This is one reason why EcoCAR organizers and the panelists encourage students to educate others on sustainability and why EcoCAR gives students unique preparation for their future.