West Virginia University has been competing in Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) since they began in 1988 with the Methanol Marathon. After participating in 10 of the past AVTCs, West Virginia University is ready to utilize their experience to compete in the latest AVTC: EcoCAR Mobility Challenge.
Made up of over 80 undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D students majoring in a variety of fields of engineering, computer science and communications, WVU’s EcoCAR Team is prepared to convert the new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer into a hybrid vehicle with connected and automated vehicle system (CAVs) capabilities.
WVU's EcoCAR team will be targeting a mobility as a service (MasS) consumer as they use the latest cutting-edge technologies to produce the ultimate energy-efficient, high performance sport utility vehicle.
Dedicated to educating younger audiences on STEM and STEM-related fields, the team hosts students at the WVU EcoCAR garage and goes into communities to present information about the competition, provide educational activities and allow the kids to explore and learn about the newest vehicle technologies.
EcoCAR gives WVU students the opportunity to experience an innovative team dynamic that will be invaluable in their future careers with hands-on experience and exposure to cutting edge hardware and software tools used by industry.
The team leadership consists of faculty advisors and graduate students that lead the team every year.
Dr. Andrew Nix
Dr. Scott Wayne
Dr. Brian Woerner
Project Manager (PM): Benton Morris, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Manager (EM): Aaron Mull, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Communications Manager (CM): Haleigh Fields, M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications
Propulsion System Integration (PSI) Lead: Peyton Barton, B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
PCM Leads: Jared Diethorn, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Connected and Automated Vehicle Systems (CAVs) Leads: Joshua Strogen, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Nikola Janevski, M.S. in Computer Science
System Safety Lead Engineer (SSLE): Jessi Hartsell, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering