Attend the EcoCAR EV Challenge Student Webinar

Are you up for the latest engineering challenge? The EcoCAR EV Challenge puts students behind the wheel and ahead of the competition.

This competition will challenge up to 14 North American universities to engineer a next generation battery electric vehicle (BEV) to implement energy efficient and customer-pleasing features, while meeting the decarbonization needs of the automotive industry. EcoCAR will include a major focus on equity in mobility and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM to help foster clean energy mobility solutions and opportunities for all.

A key mission of Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) is to provide student enrichment and education through experiential learning and supplemental training. Students gain hands-on, real-world experience in AVTCs as well as access to various enrichment opportunities.

Benefits to participating EcoCAR students:

  • Hands-on, project-based learning
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration across your university
  • Up to $360k in paid graduate research assistantships
  • Leadership skills needed to enter the industry fully prepared for careers that will help shape the energy and mobility sector
  • Higher salaries than their peers – EcoCAR graduates earn between $4k-$15k more (depending on degree) after graduation
  • Access to state-of-the-art testing facilities
  • Opportunity to follow a real-world vehicle development process and learn industry best practices, tools, standards and methods

Make sure your university is part of North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering program.

Join EcoCAR alumni and current student leaders in an informational webinar to learn about the details of the next series, opportunities for being involved as a student, and how to encourage your university to apply. This session for interested students will be held live on November 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM ET.

Register by November 3, 2021 to attend live or to receive a recording of the webinar.


Learn more about our webinar speakers:


Jesse Alley

Jesse Alley is the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) Technical Project Manager at Argonne National Laboratory, where he has been organizing AVTCs since graduating from Virginia Tech in 2012. While at Virginia Tech, he participated in EcoCAR 1 and EcoCAR 2 for three total years where he focused on CAD packaging, ESS design and integration, vehicle integration, and team leadership. His time with EcoCAR as a student inspired him to pursue a career that was focused on people rather than products – this was (and still is) the core reason Jesse continues to train the next generation of automotive engineers with the AVTC program.



Trevor Crain

Trevor Crain serves as the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) Vehicle Testing and Controls Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory. Trevor completed his undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering at the University of Washington in 2011, where he helped found the school’s advanced vehicle research laboratory and form their EcoCAR 2 team. He spent the next three years of graduate school as the University of Washington EcoCAR 2 team leader, completing his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 with a focus on hybrid vehicle supervisory controls and plant model simulation.


Robert Consolo

Robert Consolo will be graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2021), B.S. in Commercial Space Operations (2017), and B.S. in Human Factors (2017). Robert has served in various leadership positions in his academic career such as Vice President of the Student Government, Project Manager & System Safety Lead Engineer of the ERAU EcoCAR Team, President of the Graduate Student Council, and Chapter Advisor for Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Robert has previously completed internships at NASA Wallops Flight Facility, SpaceX, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and here in SPARTAN before starting full-time.  Outside of academics and work, Robert was has volunteered for organizations such as the Live Like Lou Foundation, American Red Cross, Surfers for Autism, ALS Association, and Habitat for Humanity. Robert also enjoys traveling, learning to fly, scuba diving, skydiving, rock climbing, intramural sports, and opportunities to try new, exciting, and at times extreme things.