Team Description:

The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) at Virginia Tech has been competing in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) for over 20 years. Throughout our work in the competitions, Dr. Doug Nelson has been leading HEVT since the creation of the team in 1995. HEVT is dedicated to providing an opportunity for students to work on advancements in the automotive industry, pushing the bounds of automotive technology and promoting STEM education. HEVT provides these opportunities to enhance business and engineering skills in an ever-changing field to students who are interested in automotive engineering, general engineering, and the automotive industry. HEVT plans to accomplish these goals by creating a SAE Level 2 autonomous Chevrolet Blazer in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors, MathWorks, and Argonne National Laboratory. During the course of the competition, engineering students will develop an autonomous 2019 Blazer that will increase efficiency, improve safety, and increase consumer appeal for a car that will be ideal for car-sharing.


Team Members:

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Doug Nelson, Dr. Ryan Gerdes

Project Manager: Dan Harvey

Engineering Manager: Christian Tollefson

Communications Manager: Jacob Levin

PSI Leads Rishit Modi, Tyler Krusen,Tom O’Shea

PCM Leads: Thomas Legg, Clare Mathewes

CAVs Leads:  Clay Mangette , Tom Tase

SSLE: Bhavjot Michera


get involved

If you are interested in getting involved and working on our Blazer, come find us during our Monday night meetings in Goodwin 190 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm! We are looking for Sophomores and Juniors who are interested in automotive engineering and vehicle autonomy.

contact us


404 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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