by Scott Paik, Electrical Group Leader
In December 2010, we have been very busy preparing the car to attend the NSF Conference which took place between January 3rd and January 7th. As the final exam week was creeping towards us, we quickly wrapped up our control strategy and did a safety evaluation. On January 3rd we finally shipped our car for display at the NSF Conference at Cobb Galleria Center right here in Atlanta. I know, we wanted to drive it there too.
At the conference, we were joined by Penn State, Virginia Tech, Missouri S&T, and Ohio State to promote the EcoCAR The NeXt Challenge. On the second day of the conference we had a swarm of high school students come in to see what’s going on. I remember this one student bombarded me with questions about the 2-Mode EVT which I thought was very surprising for a high school student. I forgot your name, but you should apply to Georgia Tech. We have some work for you!
NSF was fun. I expected the conference to be somewhat like a thesis defense, but professors and researchers there were chill and just interested to see our car. It was very enlightening to listen to ideas and perspectives from researchers all around the country.
Our EcoCAR is now back in campus and the electrical group has already stripped the wires out from the back. Stay tuned as we continue to improve our control strategy!
(pictures below were taken when I was not busy. The conference was very crowded)