AVTC Alumni

Since 1988, more than 16,500 students have graduated from the advanced vehicle technology competition (AVTC) program. Throughout the years, these students have gone on to work in different areas of the automotive industry all over the world. Read how these alumni started in the AVTC program and where they are now! For more information, visit www.avtchistory.org.

    Chris Romo

    Mechanical Engineer Chris Romo joined the EcoCAR 2 team as part of his undergraduate graduation requirement, and felt that it was a project where he would gain “real world” engineering experience that he could take with him throughout the rest of his career.

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    Ashwin Sainathan

    Former EcoCAR 2 alumnus Ashwin Sainathan gained valuable knowledge on electric vehicles and their components when he was involved in the EcoCAR 2 program at Wayne State University.

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    Chris Mottaz

    When he started working on the Purdue EcoCAR 2 team, Chris Mottaz was interested in it purely as a recreational club where I could discuss advancements in the automotive industry. But after his involvement, he developed management skills, technical skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills and confidence.

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    Andrew Eldridge

    For the Penn State University Advanced Vehicle Team (PSU AVT), the night before the first vehicle pre-inspection in EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge was a challenge for co-team leader Andrew Eldridge.

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    John Miksch

    It was two weeks before an EcoCAR 2 progress report was due and the Colorado State Vehicle Innovation Team (CSU VIT) had to change their battery cooling method from air cooling to liquid cooling. Additionally, a full analysis was required in this report. It was up to team member Jon Miksch to step up to the challenge and help out his team.

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    Tord Dennis

    Tord Dennis began his journey with the Advance Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) back in 1988 in the Methanol Marathon. He joined his first AVTC because it was a special topics project at West Virginia University (WVU).

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    Michael Barr

    Michael Barr, a Mississippi State ChallengeX and EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge alum, is now a Systems Engineer at AVL Powertrain Engineering. He first got involved with Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) in 2007 during Year 3 of ChallengeX and continued through 2011 with Year 3 of EcoCAR.

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    Charles Hua

    Charles Hua has been involved with Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) in two different ways: as a student and as a General Motors mentor.

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    Corey Robinson

    Corey Robinson, Virginia Tech’s most recent graduate, is now working at General Motors as a global lead design release engineer in the chassis electronics and controls group. Corey participated in both the EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge and the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future competitions.

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    Anthony Sardella

    Anthony Sardella didn’t always know about hybrid electric vehicles and green energy, but his involvement on the Penn State EcoCAR 2 team during his senior year opened his eyes to new opportunities that helped shape his career today.

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If you are an AVTC alum and would like to be featured as a "Where Are They Now Wednesday's" story on the Green Garage Blog, please contact Dana Bubonovich at dbubonovich@anl.gov.

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EcoCAR 2 is an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by Argonne National Laboratory. Learn more about EcoCAR 2 →