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Not so long ago, Justin Kern was helping West Virginia University rebuild their FutureCar during the FutureCar Challenge. Since then, Justin has gone on to become an organizer and now sponsor of advanced vehicle technology competitions (AVTCs).

After graduating from West Virginia University, Justin was hired by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to work on hybrid electric vehicle powertrains. In particular, he was able to perform chassis dyno testing of hybrid vehicles and supported the installation of the 4WD chassis dyno at ANL. During his time at ANL, he also acted as a technical coordinator for AVTCs and helped with the FutureTruck competition.

“College student competitions provided me with hands-on experience with advanced technology concepts that I would normally not have had a chance to experience,” he said.

Today, Justin works at Bosch, a sponsor of the EcoCAR competition. As a senior calibration engineer, he has become an expert in Motronic engine control software for gasoline direct injection engines.

“I work in the engine management systems group as a calibrator.  Our job is to take the engine control system and adjust parameters to ensure all the customer and legislated requirements are met.  I spend time in prototype vehicles working to get them functioning, and running tests to evaluate their performance in areas like drivability, emissions, cold starts and many other metrics.  And as a certified Motronic trainer, I teach classes for our customers.”

“From FutureCar to today’s EcoCAR Challenge, the changes in the student competitions parallel the industry advancements,” Justin said. “As a sponsor of the competition, it is nice to be able to provide this learning experience to future engineers, knowing how much I valued and gained from it.”


Bosch, an EcoCAR Gold Sponsor, is an international corporation and its associates come from and work in a wide range of countries.  Bosch’s diversity makes it possible to learn from other cultures and benefit from different perspectives and ideas.

In alignment with Black History Month, Bosch is pleased to announce the EcoCAR Diversity Award! Participating EcoCAR teams will submit an essay annually that highlights their diversity strategy, retention and outreach initiatives, and examples of how diversity has impacted their accomplishments, leadership and overall success.

Any team can apply and the winners will receive recognition and cash prizes to support their school’s EcoCAR program. Check back in on May 25 for a list of the award winners!

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