Since 1988, more than 16,500 students have graduated from the advanced vehicle technology competition (AVTC) program. Throughout the years, these students have gone on to work in different areas of the automotive industry all over the world. Read how these alumni started in the AVTC program and where they are below!
Over the years, many Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) graduates have gone on to do great things. The real-world experience gained from the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) of Virginia Tech is always helpful in new careers—none more relevant than 2012-2013 HEVT electrical subteam leader, Brian Kelly.
Corey Robinson, Virginia Tech’s most recent graduate, is now working at General Motors as a global lead design release engineer in the chassis electronics and controls group. Corey participated in both the EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge and the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future competitions.
Before becoming an engineering student at Ohio State University (OSU), Craig Pavlich had experience working on cars and motorcycles. After joining OSU’s Challenge X team in 2006, he shifted his focus from mechanical engineering to electronics and computer.
Dan Ellis has a multidiscipline in Engineering and Technology, and was a vital part of the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team (AVT) operation in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
Former Cal State-Los Angeles team member David Schmitt shares his life changing experience with EcoCAR 2 and how this part of his college career prepared him to work for the big league name company he always dreamed of: General Motors (GM).
Jeff Rinker might not have been a direct member of an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) team, but he did play a big role in support of the FutureTruck and Challenge X competitions.
Joon Hwang was a member of the University of Victoria’s EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge team during Year Three. Since his involvement in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC), he has maintained a close connection to the program, especially with General Motors.
Real-world engineering is much more difficult and fun than classes; classroom education is incomplete without hands-on experience. In homework, there’s one obvious right answer. In a complex project like EcoCAR, there can be many solutions to a problem, and the process of choosing between them is what separates the good from the great.
Kerry Grand’s experience with Advanced Vehicles Technology Competitions (AVTCs) began while he was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University (LTU). Kerry knew he wanted to become involved with the program when he learned about the Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Challenge. Kerry had begun working on the program by the time he began his senior project.
Former Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) student, Kevin Storch, has come a long way since his time as a FutureCar student at the University of Michigan (U of M).
University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) alumnus Kevin Stutenberg began his journey with the AVTCs in 2005 as a member of UW-Madison’s Challenge X team while he was working on his mechanical engineering degree.
Michigan Technological University (MTU) alumnus, Rich Nesbitt, has been a devoted Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) participant since the FutureTruck competitions. His first AVTC role was as a design lead during the Chevrolet Suburban FutureTruck competition.