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This month the OSU EcoCAR team sat down with Andy Mastrondardi, Director of University Programs at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc, an EcoCAR Platinum Sponsor. The team talked to Andy about his EcoCAR involvement from a personal perspective and from Freescale’s perspective. Watch the video below to see Andy provide some great insight into the EcoCAR competition from a sponsor’s point-of-view.

Check back next month for a special edition of OSU EcoCAR’s Sponsor Series – the team will be interviewing a representative from dSPACE, another Platinum Sponsor.


We are pleased to announce four new award opportunities made possible by EcoCAR Platinum Sponsors dSPACE, National Instruments, MathWorks and Freescale Semiconductor! The awards are designed to showcase exceptional ways the EcoCAR teams use the sponsors’ technologies, and as a result, successfully advance in the competition. Here’s an overview of the new awards:

  • dSPACE Embedded Success Award. The award will be granted to the teams that have effectively utilized dSPACE Hardware-in-the-Loop technology for controls/diagnostics development and validation in preparation for the Year Two vehicle testing. 
  • National Instruments Most Innovative Use of Graphical System Design Award. The award will be given to the team that demonstrates the most innovative use of National Instruments tools during the vehicle development cycle.
  • MathWorks Modeling Award. The award will be granted to the top three teams that best apply the core concepts of Model-Based Design with  the MathWorks tools to help achieve the overall competition objectives.
  • Freescale Semiconductor Innovation Award. The award will be granted to the team with the most innovative use of controls and electronics to give its EcoCAR a competitive advantage.  

The teams must notify the competition organizers by April 30, 2010 if they wish to participate. Only a couple weeks left to showcase how your EcoCAR team stands out from the pack! Check back for the winner’s listing in May.

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