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 and graduate students majoring in a variety of fields of engineering, computer science and communications, WVU’s EcoCAR Team is prepared to convert the n2019 Chevrolet Blazer into a hybrid vehicle with connected and automated vehicle system (CAVs) capabilities.
WVU's EcoCAR team will be developing HMI/UX solutions for driver education towards CAVs features in the vehicle that 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 youth 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.
Year 3 Goals
WVU’s EcoCAR team wants to surpass the 75 percent completion goal for year 3 on the propulsion system and have the system fully functional with basic energy management strategy.
The team also wants to surpass the 50 percent completion goal in year 3 for the CAV system which will have basic functionality and fault mitigation.
The team is looking forward to maintaining and building onto our youth outreach platform through utilizing social media channels to reach more key audiences in a safe but effective way.
The team is actively promoting a healthy work-environment during the COVID-19 Pandemic to ensure the safety of all team members throughout year 3 of competition.
WVU’s EcoCAR team is looking forward to competing in a healthy competition with the other partnered universities throughout year 3 to bring out the best in each team.
Lead Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Nix
Lead CAVs Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brain Woerner
Faculty Advisors: Catherine Mezera
Project Manager: Benton Morris, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Manager: Aaron Mull, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Communications Manager: Ryan Alexander, M.S. in Data Marketing Communications
PSI leads: Benton Morris, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Aaron Mull, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
PCM Leads: Jared Diethorn, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Thomas Harris, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
CAVs Leads: Alexander Colon, M.S. in Computer Science, Clay Vincent, M.S. in Electrical Engineering
SSLE: Noah Thayer, M.S. in Safety Management