This week, Argonne National Laboratory and EcoCAR are taking part in SAE World Congress 2010! Not only will members of the Michigan Tech, Rose-Hulman and University of Victoria EcoCAR teams be in the crowd – look for them and say hello! – but two competition supporters are scheduled to speak. Vehicle systems engineer and EcoCAR organizer Frank Falcone is delivering a technical presentation on hybrid powertrain optimization as well as Don Hillebrand, director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne, who is giving a keynote speech on energy policy recommendations.

Frank’s a familiar face to the EcoCAR teams and he’s an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition alum himself, having participated in Challenge X competition. His talk at SAE World Congress is focusing on many elements of his thesis and the work he did as team leader for San Diego State University’s Challenge X team. Frank highlights the complicated challenges he faced building his vehicle and those that the EcoCAR students are literally working through now as they prepare for Year Two Finals.

Don’s keynote speech discusses the lack of a clear national energy policy and it’s effect on the business of renewable fuels and vehicles. Following his talk, a panel will outline ways and ideas to ensure vehicle manufacturers, energy providers and consumers will all benefit in the future.

We are thrilled to be part of SAE World Congress 2010 and to show our support for such an integral organization and the superior work SAE has and continues to accomplish!