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 Mendes

    Leading up to the completion of his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Chris Mendes saw a poster advertising the search for graduate student interested in working on the design of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

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    Dan Bocci

    Dan Bocci has been involved with Advance Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) for more than 10 years now. It began back in 2002, when he became a team leader on the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s FutureTruck team, and continued to participate throughout ChallengeX.

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    Prasad Venkiteswaran

    University of Michigan (U of M) alumnus Prasad Venkiteswaran began his involvement with Advance Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) when he was looking to pursue a thesis topic. One of his professors was the team faculty advisor and pointed him in the direction of the team.

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    Nick Wilson

    EcoCAR 2 alumnus Nick Wilson recently sat down with current team members to talk about how EcoCAR has affected the trajectory of his career.

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    Kara Standford-Jones

    Former CSULA EcoCAR 2 Co-Outreach Coordinator Kara Stanford-Jones to talk about her experience in the EcoCAR 2 competition as well as working with CSULA’s Outreach team.

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    Tom Bradley

    Tom Bradley has had a long history with Advance Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs). It all started back in 1999, when he was the mechanical group leader on the University of California-Davis team during FutureCar, and continued through 2000-2001 during FutureTruck.

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    Gary Neal

    Gary Neal has been a loyal participant in Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) since 1998. Gary first joined the AVTC program as a team member of Penn State University’s FutureTruck team. During this time, he was working towards obtaining both his Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

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    Tom Smyth and John Firment

    “Roadkill” (Tom Smyth) and “General John” (John Firment) are a legendary volunteering twosome in the world of Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC). Respected and loved by all, the duo has been working together since 1991.

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    Frank Falcone

    Frank Falcone initially began his career as an assembler at a manufacturing firm, but after realizing he wanted to learn more about engineering and science, Frank decided to go back to school and enrolled at San Diego State University (SDSU) to study mechanical engineering.

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    Mitchel Routh

    Team Tennessee’s Mitchel Routh enhanced his education by spending countless hours working to design a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) for the EcoCAR 2 competition. Routh worked on Team Tennessee’s PHEV design and vehicle throughout Year One and also assisted the team during the summer of 2012.

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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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