Since 1988, the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team has participated in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions series, striving to build a fuel-efficient vehicle while maintaining consumer acceptability, performance and safety. Everyday in Research Building B, cream of the crop engineers tackle the challenge to design a car using new technologies that can potentially solve the impending transportation crisis all while taking into considerations the impact to the environment.
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 5:30p.m. in room 114 Research-B
General team meeting at 6:30p.m. in 304 Forest Research Lab
Every night is a work night in 114 Research-B.
Come by and check us out!