The WVU EcoCAR team recently won 3rd place Overall, 1st place for Best Communications Presentation, 1st place Overall Communications Program, 1st place for Best Drive Cycle, and 1st place for Collaboration for Year 3 of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge (EMC). EMC is a multi-year Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTCs) that is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, and General Motors. It challenges 11 universities across North America to transform a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer into an energy efficient, hybrid-electric vehicle with autonomous capabilities through adaptive cruise control features.
Since the inception of AVTCs in 1988, West Virginia University has participated in 9 out of the 12 competitions. The competition provides valuable hands-on experience for students to learn in-depth about the automotive industry through engineering, business, and communications fields.
I’m the current Communications Manager for the team, which encompasses a variety of roles. I work on all communication related deliverables for the competition as a well as managing social media accounts, coordinating outreach events, and any design elements the team may need. Working for this team has allowed me to push myself and grow as a communicator.