Dr. Nelson has advised and mentored HEVT teams through 19 Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions, achieving First Place overall in 1996, 1998, 2006 and 2011, and placing in the top 3 five more times in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2007 and 2010. Dr. Nelson also serves as Faculty Chair for the AVTC Faculty Advisor Board where he has contributed to the safety rules and the development of on-road energy use and emissions test methods to emulate laboratory SAE J1711 standard methods for plug-in hybrid vehicles.
I'm from Fairfax, VA and pursuing a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. I've been with the team for three years and was initially interested in the project because I thought working on a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro for course credit was the best way to spend my senior year. Since I started, EcoCAR has given me the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while working on an interdisciplinary project. When I graduate, I want to enter the defense industry, hopefully in the D.C. Metro Area.
I come from a very diverse country called Ecuador. I have been part of HEVT for approximately three years. I decided to be part of HEVT because of my interest in the automotive industry. After being a controls team member, I took over the project manager leadership position. This experience has been very valuable, and EcoCAR is more than just a regular project, but a place to create connections in the future.
Finally, my goal is to work in the automotive industry.
I am from Colonial Heights, Va. I am a Public Relations major at Virginia Tech. It is my second year with HEVT and my first year as Communications Manager. I decided to be a part of this team because I have been surrounded by cars my entire life. I've also been working in NASCAR since I was 15, so I saw an excellent opportunity to expand my horizons by joining this team. EcoCAR is a unique opportunity to develop one's backgrounds as well as make connections in the automotive industry. It is multidisciplinary, and even though I'm the CM, I'm learning more and more about our car and the automotive industry every day. Upon graduation in May of 2019, I intend to begin working in the motorsports industry in either NASCAR, IMSA, IndyCar, or Formula1.
I am from Fredericksburg, Virginia. I am a Communications, Public Relations, major, with a minor in Africana Studies. It is my second year with HEVT and my first as the Co-Comm Manager. In addition to HEVT, I also work 20 hrs/week at Benny Marzano's, I'm the Public Relations Manager for Students of Hip Hop Legacy and a Brand Ambassador for L.I.T. Entertainment LLC. Upon graduation in May, I plan to begin working in my field of study.
I am from Fairfax, VA, just outside of DC. I received my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering (ME), and I'm currently pursuing my Master's in ME. This year will be my 4th full year on the team (bleeding into 5th depending on how you count it!) I got involved with this team because my dad (also an ME from Tech) always had an interest in renewable/sustainable energy and hybrids, and it rubbed off on me. To me, EcoCAR is a huge opportunity to learn and push the limits of what college projects can be. More than just a competition, it's an awesome project where people learn and grow together which is a big part of why I stayed on as a grad student. I plan to stick around in automotive as much as possible, whether it's for an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or doing software/hardware for a supplier.
I am from Mysore, India. I am a second year Grad student majoring in Computer Engineering. I am very passionate about Cars and Motorcycles. The moment I found out HEVT was working on a Chevrolet Camaro, I had to take part in EcoCAR. It is my second semester in EcoCAR and my first as the ECE GRA. After graduation, I intend to work in the Automotive Industry, carrying forward from my experience as the ADAS team Lead.
Hello, I'm Andrew Schneider, and I'm from Murfreesboro, TN. I wanted to join HEVT, so I could practice learning and using new skills outside of the classroom. I wanted to have a chance to work in a field that would stretch my comfort, so as a Mechanical Engineering student, I chose the Electrical Subteam. It is my fourth year involved with the team. EcoCAR, to me, means having the chance to work in interdisciplinary teams to achieve the same goal. Through the competition, I have been, able to strengthen my communication skills and broaden my engineering intuition. When I graduate, I plan on working for General Motors in a rotational program based on vehicle propulsion systems.
I am from Smithsburg, Maryland. It is my second semester with HEVT and my first as the ADAS Subteam Leader. I am a Computer Engineering Major, and I decided to be a part of this team because I am interested in working on cars as a hobby and I see this team as a great way to combine a hobby with my future profession. Upon graduation in May, I will commission into the United States Navy. I will be reporting to Nuclear Power School and begin my training to become a Submarine Warfare Officer.
I am from Columbus, Ohio. It is my second year with HEVT and my first as the Mechanical Subteam Leader. When I was deciding which design team to join, I found HEVT appealing because it provides students with abundant opportunities to improve as an engineer and a professional. Through my experiences with HEVT, I have come to see that EcoCAR is synonymous with the future of the American automotive industry. After graduation, I intend to go to graduate school for a Master's in Mechanical Engineering.
I am a Mechanical Engineering Senior at Virginia Tech (VT), and I have been raised around cars my entire life, coming from my father as an automotive technician. I have been on HEVT since my sophomore year at VT helping with both mechanical and controls tasks, working my way to CSMS sub-team leader. After graduation and competition, I will be working for General Motors in Milford, Michigan.
I'm from Olney, Maryland. It is my second year on the team on the CSMS subteam and my first year as the CSMS sub-team leader. I first decided to join this team to gain more hands-on experience and be able to apply the concepts I was learning to a real-world problem like energy efficiency of a vehicle. EcoCAR helped me get my internship this past summer and has given me a chance to work on a very supportive and hard-working team. After graduation, I plan to work at Kollmorgen in Radford, VA, helping in the manufacturing of electric motors.