Meet The Managers Behind The CSU Vehicle Innovation Team

The Colorado State University Vehicle Innovation Team (CSU VIT) is made up of students with a variety of majors, backgrounds and essential skills. This year, CSU VIT has welcomed many fresh faces to their team, including their leadership. With a new team, new management roles have been taken on since the Fall of 2019. Let’s meet the managers behind Team CSU!


Aaron Rabinowitz is the Project Manager from Cleveland, Ohio. Aaron is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, with research heavily focused on connected autonomous mobility. With experience in past EcoCAR competitions and FSAE, he is excited to continue incorporating his expertise as CSU VIT’s new Project Manager.

Benjamin McKenney is this year’s Engineering Manager from Aurora, Colorado. Ben is a first-year graduate student studying Mechanical Engineering and was a member of the Powertrain Team for Year 1 of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge. Ben hopes to continue bringing in his experiences in order to help the team be successful in the years to come of the competition.

Rachel Taylor is the Communications Manager from Larkspur, Colorado. She is a senior studying Communications and Sustainability, with experience in sustainable involvement at CSU. Rachel has been hard at work her senior year managing the Communications team, hosting events across campus and with the community’s local youth,

Derek Adelman is the Systems Safety Manager and PSI Lead from Grass Valley, California. Derek is a first-year graduate student studying Mechanical Engineering and past member of the Colorado State University Men’s Lacrosse Team. During Year One of the competition, Derek was on the Controls Team. He is looking forward to sharing more of his knowledge in dynamics and controls systems to further prepare the team in the future.

With a new team and new management from a variety of backgrounds, the CSU VIT is looking forward to a successful second year of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge.