For more than a decade, the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team has participated in Advanced Vehicle Competitions similar to EcoCAR 2. The goal of these competitions is to encourage innovation and to train the next generation of engineers in the automotive, energy and technology sectors. As team members move through the same vehicle design process used in the real world they gain invaluable experience that translates to their future careers.
The Penn State AVT team consists of Penn State undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and community volunteers. If you’re interested in getting involved, we’d love to have you on board! There are several ways to get started with the team:
1. Take A class
Several Penn State-University Park courses have traditionally been associated with the Advanced Vehicle Technology team and their projects. These courses are Mechanical Engineering 442 and 443 (M E), 400-level design courses that can fulfill senior design requirements, and Mechanical Engineering 097S (M E), a freshman seminar that was first offered in the spring of 2006. We encourage interested students to visit the university registrar’s Schedule of Courses to check course availability.
2. Get in Touch
If you’re a student or community member and would like to get involved without taking a class, please contact our Faculty Advisor Gary Neal. (Be sure to use ‘Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team’ or ‘EcoCAR 2’ in your subject line)
We’re always looking for new ways to help our community and spread the idea of sustainability and talk about our vehicles. If you know of any outreach opportunities that you would like to share with us let us know!
Our efforts can take a heavy financial toll on our pockets and we’re always looking for new sponsors. If you would like to help us out, or know someone who would, please feel free to contact us and we can work something out. Every little bit counts and is always appreciated!
3. Visit Us
During PSU’s academic year, the PSU AVT team meets regularly on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Larson Institute garage. Directions. Please contact us before you drop in so that a team member can show you around.
Team meetings during the school year are held as follows:
Steering committee at 5:45p.m. in room 114 Research-B
General team meeting at 6:30p.m. in 189 MRL
Work nights in 114 Research-B
Come by and check us out!