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.

Team Members:

Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Andrew Nix

Dr. Scott Wayne

Dr. Brian Woerner

Catherine Mezera

Team Leads:

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



get involved

Students can volunteer with WVU EcoCAR starting as a freshman and then once they reach sophomore status, they can begin earning course credit through the university in technical elective and Senior Capstone Design courses.

The teams meeting every Monday and Wednesday for class from 3 p.m.-5:50 p.m. in the EcoCAR labs (Engineering Sciences Building G-15/G-18/G-20)

contact us


395 Evansdale Drive
Morgantown, WV 26505

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