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Earlier this month, the Rose-Hulman EcoCAR team participated in an Advanced Transportation Systems (ATS) open house on campus that featured the school’s automotive and aeronautical competition teams.  

At the ATS event, it was announced that the Rose-Hulman engineering departments have been awarded donations from several EcoCAR sponsors including: General Motors Company, The MathWorks, Freescale Semiconductor, Siemens, National Instruments, Snap On Tools, Vector CANtech and Woodward MotoTron Control Solutions.

The school’s EcoCAR team was also excited to learn that EnerDel Inc., an advanced lithium-ion battery maker, is donating an innovative, high-performance battery system for the team’s hybrid vehicle.  And the love doesn’t stop there! The Duke Energy Foundation, ON Semiconductor, Delphi, the Alcoa Foundation and ArcelorMittal are showing their love for the program by making financial donations to help with project development costs.  

The event generated significant exposure for Rose-Hulman’s ATS programs and as a result, coverage was secured in the following local outlets: WIBC-Indianapolis, Inside Indiana Business, Terre Haute Tribune-Star and WTHI-TV!

The Rose-Hulman team at the Advanced Transportation Systems open house

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Recently, the Rose-Hulman EcoCAR team became proud new owners of donated Snap-on tools and a personalized tool storage system. The sparkling new black tool box, complete with a prominently displayed Rose-Hulman logo, looks perfect next to the team’s GM-donated vehicle. It is definitely a welcomed addition to their lab as well. The team has great plans for how they are going to put everything they received to good use. The possibilities are endless, especially since all the tools are going to make working on the car much easier. With the new Snap-on tool kit, work will be done so efficiently that the team will wonder how they ever survived the beginning of the year without them! 

Check out the Rose-Hulman press release about Snap-on’s donation, here.

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The Rose-Hulman EcoCAR team and its new Snap-on tools

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Rose-Hulman Alums Checking out the VUE

Rose-Hulman Alums Checking out the VUE

Recently, Rose-Hulman celebrated the time honored tradition of welcoming valuable alumni back to Dear Old Rose for homecoming.

Rose alumni, students and their parents not only got to watch the famed Rose bonfire burn and see their Fightin’ Engineers play football this weekend, but they were also able to stop by the EcoCAR booth for some valuable EcoCAR information and have a look at the RHIT EcoCAR team’s new GM-donated vehicle.

Alums old and new were fascinated by the idea that undergrad students like us have the chance to work on a project like EcoCAR that most of them did not get to work on when they were in school. Boy, have times changed. We’re getting so much real world engineering experience with this project compared to our predecessors! Adults and kids alike got to see the car up close and personal and have all of their questions answered about the EcoCAR project and hybrids in general. It was a successful event! We informed the Rose community about EcoCAR and alums told us about their time at Rose while encouraging us to succeed in our project! We’re going to make them proud in Year 2 of competition!

Also check out the Tribune Star story about homecoming here:
http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_story_269191708.html

For more information about the Rose-Hulman EcoCAR team, visit: http://ecocar.rose-hulman.edu/

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The Team & Its New Saturn VUE

The Team & Its New Saturn VUE

Today, the Rose-Hulman EcoCAR team finally got their much anticipated Saturn VUE. The shiny, new aquamarine blue VUE is a big contrast to the familiar red and white of the Fightin’ Engineers on campus, but it is certainly a welcomed change. After patiently waiting for the VUE to unload, advisors Dr. Chambers and Dr. Herniter took some of the team members for a ride around the Rose-Hulman campus. Basically, we took the delivery opportunity to get some free advertisement of our EcoCAR team. We’re pretty sure now that everyone on campus knows that they should get involved in EcoCAR, help us tear the VUE apart, and put it back together to make the best hybrid out there. After logging in 8.7 miles around Rose, and testing everything out, our new aquamarine VUE is tucked away awaiting its reveal at lab tomorrow and at media and outreach events in the coming weeks. We know Year 2 is going to be awesome with our VUE!

For more information about the Rose-Hulman EcoCAR team, visit: http://ecocar.rose-hulman.edu/

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