Where Are They Now: Ohio State University’s Andy Garcia

Who can answer any question about the Ohio State University EcoCAR 2 Team’s vehicle engine? Andy Garcia can!

Advanced Technology Vehicle Competition (AVTC) alumnus Andy Garcia was part of The Ohio State University team during the first two years of the EcoCAR 2 competition. Andy was the Engine Team Leader and worked on the development and calibration of the software used on the engine.

Andy now works as an Engine Calibration Verification Engineer for General Motors in Milford, Michigan. He specifically works on verifying engine calibrations for the extended range electric vehicles, like the Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR. Thanks to his involvement in EcoCAR, Andy was better prepared to move into the automotive industry.

Andy (left) pictured with Pete Maloney of MathWorks (center) and OSU's Year Two Team Leader Katherine Bovee (right) at the Year Two Competition Finals

Andy (left) pictured with Pete Maloney of MathWorks (center) and OSU’s Year Two Team Leader Katherine Bovee (right) at the Year Two Competition Finals

“EcoCAR allowed me to gain hands-on experience and leadership skills that I utilize daily in my job,” said Andy. “The knowledge and contacts I obtained during EcoCAR 2 did a lot to prepare me for this position.”

Andy attended The Ohio State University for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. In addition to the EcoCAR team, Andy was also involved with the Formula SAE team at the OSU Center for Automotive Research.

His best memory from EcoCAR 2 was the Year Two Final Competition in Yuma, Arizona.

“It was quite an experience working in the garage. The problems that the team faced were challenging, but we were all able to work together.”

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