ASU among 16 teams chosen for EcoCAR 3 competition

April 30, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Co. recently announced the official launch of the EcoCAR 3 competition, introducing the 16 participating universities, including Arizona State University, and revealing the Chevrolet Camaro as the vehicle selected as the platform for the competition.

“EcoCAR is an opportunity for the next generation of automotive engineers to help design and build innovative, advanced vehicles that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect the environment and save American families and businesses money at the pump,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Through this competition, North American students gain valuable real-life experience that they can use to bring the auto industry into the cleaner energy future.” ASU's EcoCAR 3 team representatives Download Full Image

Participating university teams will be challenged to design, develop and integrate powertrains into the vehicle that, when compared to the production gasoline vehicle, will:

• reduce energy consumption
• reduce well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions
• reduce criteria tailpipe emissions
• maintain consumer demand in the areas of performance, utility and safety
• meet energy and environmental goals, while considering cost and innovation

The competition introduces students to industry-leading software tools and sophisticated powertrain components, and challenges them to face similar engineering design constraints and technical challenges that automakers face, resulting in a real-world training ground for automotive engineering students that is unparalleled in the academic environment. New for EcoCAR 3, the organizers are ramping up the challenge by adding cost constraints as well as automotive innovation as additional judging criteria.

"The EcoCAR programs have been and will continue to be an instrumental part of developing the next generation of automotive engineers. We have gained significant talent and intellectual property as a result of these programs," said James Kolhoff, global chief engineer and program manager, transmission controllers and powertrain electronics at General Motors. "We’re also eager to see how the students will redesign and add more efficiency to an iconic ‘muscle car’ like the Chevrolet Camaro."

To be successful, universities will need to recruit a team spanning many engineering disciplines, such as mechanical, electrical, computer and software engineering, as well as communications, marketing and project management. The multi-disciplinary emphasis imitates a real-world automotive industry environment and gives graduates the skills to enter the field fully prepared for their careers.

Established by the Energy Department and GM, and managed by Argonne National Laboratory, EcoCAR 3 is the latest Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) aimed at developing the next generation of automotive engineers. The four-year program will conclude in the summer of 2018.

EcoCAR 3 includes both new teams and veterans to the AVTC. After a rigorous application and selection process, the schools chosen are:

• Arizona State University (Tempe, Ariz.)
• California State University – Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
• Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colo.)
• Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
• Georgia Tech (Atlanta, Ga.)
• McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
• Mississippi State University (Starkville, Miss.)
• The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
• Pennsylvania State University (University Park, Pa.)
• University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
• University of Tennessee – Knoxville (Knoxville, Tenn.)
• University of Washington (Seattle, Wash.)
• University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
• Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.)
• Wayne State University (Detroit, Mich.)
• West Virginia University (Morgantown, W.Va.)

For more information about the student engineering program, the participating schools or the competition sponsors, please visit or EcoCAR Photos.

Additional sponsors joining the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors include: MathWorks; California Air Resources Board; Freescale; Clean Cities; AVL Powertrain Engineering; Bosch; ETAS; dSPACE; Snap-On; Siemens; GKN Driveline; Transportation Research Center; Enerdel; Proterra; Ricardo; and A123 Systems.

Media contacts:

Kimberly DeClark, EcoCAR 3

Ashley Yost,
EcoCar3 Communications Team Student Leader

Congressman Ed Pastor to keynote College of Public Programs convocation

May 1, 2014

Ed Pastor, congressman and Arizona State University alumnus, will address the 2014 graduating class of the College of Public Programs. He will be introduced by ASU President Michael M. Crow.

Since being elected to the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Pastor has served on the House Appropriations Committee, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, the Education and Labor Committee and the Committee on Small Business. portrait of Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor Download Full Image

Pastor is the son of a miner from Claypool, Ariz., and the first in his family to graduate from college, earning a bachelor's degree in chemistry from ASU.

“Congressman Pastor exemplifies the story of so many of our graduates. He used education to change his own life, but also to better his community. Through his service to Arizona, both locally and on the national stage, Pastor offers a shining example for our new graduates as they embark on the next phase of their careers,” says Jonathan Koppell, dean of the College of Public Programs.

"ASU provided the educational foundation and experience that allowed me to take advantage of the opportunities afforded me throughout my adult life," said Rep. Pastor.

After graduating from ASU, Pastor became a teacher at North High School, where he taught chemistry, and later went on to serve as the deputy director of the Guadalupe Organization Inc., a nonprofit, community-based organization. Pastor’s work with students, families and seniors motivated him to enroll in the College of Law at ASU, where he received his juris doctorate in 1974.

Following law school, he joined Governor Raul Castro’s staff, where he enforced the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ensure that every worker had an equal opportunity to work in a discrimination-free environment. In 1976, Pastor was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, where he served three terms. In 1991, Pastor was elected to Congress. In addition to serving on numerous committees and subcommittees, he has also served as a chief deputy whip. He was appointed to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the 113th Congress, and serves on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

In the community, Pastor has also served on local and national boards of directors, including Neighborhood Housing Services of America, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), National Job Corps Alumni Association, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Arizona Association of Counties and Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC), among many others.

Pastor recently announced that he will retire this year, after serving 23 years in Congress.

“We could not be more pleased to honor Congressman Pastor and share his story with our students. His service offers an iconic benchmark and role model for our students,” says Koppell.

College of Public Programs convocation ceremony
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
8 a.m.
Wells Fargo Arena
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Heather Beshears

director marketing and communications, College of Public Service and Community Solutions