Natick, Mass. - (10 May 2011)
MathWorks today announced its support of EcoCAR 2, a three-year competition that enables engineering students to design and build eco-friendly vehicles using cutting-edge automotive technologies. Throughout the competition, college and university students will gain practical experience using the technologies employed by today’s leading automotive companies.
MathWorks broad support of EcoCAR 2 will include equipping all 16 participating university teams with its tools for Model-Based Design, including MATLAB and Simulink. In addition, a team of technical mentors will work closely with students and faculty over the course of the challenge.
Established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM), EcoCAR 2 delivers a real-world design experience to engineering students. The competition challenges 16 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impact of a Chevrolet Malibu without compromising its performance, safety, and consumer acceptability. Students are required to follow a real-world engineering regimen modeled after GM’s Global Vehicle Development Process (GVDP). As part of the program, participants will use MathWorks tools for Model-Based Design to create, model, and simulate their vehicle architecture.
“MathWorks has been a part of the DOE’s advanced vehicle technology competitions for more than 10 years,” said Paul Smith, director of consulting services at MathWorks and lead EcoCAR 2 mentor. “These competitions bridge classroom theory with hands-on learning of industry practices and technologies. We believe this approach with EcoCAR 2 will help develop future automotive engineers and encourage innovations in engineering design across all industries. It’s an incredible experience to be a part of, and we’re looking forward to the next three years!”
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EcoCAR 2 is a 3-year competition that builds on the 23-year history of DOE advanced vehicle technology competitions by giving engineering students the chance to design and build advanced vehicles that demonstrate cutting-edge automotive technologies. General Motors provides production vehicles, vehicle components, seed money, technical mentoring, and operational support. The U.S. Department of Energy and its research and development facility, Argonne National Laboratory, provide competition management, team evaluation, and technical and logistical support. Through this important partnership, EcoCAR 2 aims to inspire and educate the next generation of automotive engineers and accelerate the development and demonstration of technologies that are of interest to the DOE and the automotive industry. For more information about the student engineering program or the participating schools, please visit www.EcoCAR2.org or the Inside the Green Garage blog. www.ecocarchallenge.org
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