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EcoCAR Team Leaders Make Presentation at Korean Design Festival

December 7, 2012

Student and faculty leaders of Rose-Hulman's advanced transportation systems program showcased lessons learned in model-based design and project integration at the E2Festa Engineer Education Festival in Seoul, South Korea, during late November.

             Korean Design Festival
  Presenting Design Ideas: EcoCAR2 team leader Jon Nibert made a presentation at the recent E2Festa Engineer Education Festival, hosted, South Korea's Seoul National University of Science and Technology.

Showcasing an example of Rose-Hulman's capstone design projects were Jon Nibert, an engineering management graduate student and engineering manager of the EcoCAR2 vehicle development project, and mechanical engineering professor Zac Chambers, Ph.D., director of the Advanced Transportation Systems initiative.

E2Festa is a major educational conference hosted by Seoul National University of Science and Technology that attracted approximately 200 projects from students attending colleges in South Korea, China, Japan, Singapore, and the United States. This was the second time that Rose-Hulman had students participating.

"There were so many amazing projects," stated Nibert. "It was so interesting to see how engineering students from throughout the world were talking about some of the same problems, and coming up with all kinds of unique solutions."

Nibert, a 2012 Rose-Hulman computer engineering alumnus, continued, "Getting to sit down, meet all of these different people, and make friends from so many countries was absolutely terrific. It made the trip worth every minute and may be the best time of my Rose-Hulman career."

This was Nibert's first international experience. However, he found he had a common language with the other visiting students: engineering.

"We were all using the same type of software systems to work on solving complicated problems," he said. "I could easily identify the problem-solving skills that were being used to work on different projects. In the end, any language barrier was broken down, and the students enjoyed learning from our engineering perspective."

Rose-Hulman's display featured mechanical integration and vehicle predicted performance metrics developed during the first year of the EcoCAR2: Plugging into the Future project. Established by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors, the three-year collegiate engineering competition that offers a hands-on, real-world experience to educate the next generation of automotive engineers. Rose-Hulman is one of 15 North American universities working to reduce the environmental impact of a Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.

"Being able to highlight our advanced transportation program at E2Festa provided Rose-Hulman with a great opportunity to make new international friends and expand the institute's global reputation," stated Chambers. "Faculty and students were impressed with what we're doing at the undergraduate level and how we have been able to integrate what students learn in the classroom into a real-world educational experience."

Learn more about the Rose-Hulman's advanced transportation program.