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.

    Zack Pieri

    Zack Pieri was always fascinated with cars and some of his earliest childhood memories consist of playing with Tonka trucks in the backyard. Even before he was old enough to drive, Pieri talked his dad into letting him rebuild the engine in his Jeep. Although it took slightly longer than expected, he finished the rebuild the summer before he left for Rose-Hulman.

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    Whitney Belt

    The EcoCAR program helped Whitney Belt tremendously by increasing his knowledge about the current state of hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) technology and giving him a better understanding of all of the background tasks required to design an HEV.

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    Daniel Mehr

    Dan Mehr discovered advanced vehicle technology competitions (AVTCs) when he noticed a disassembled hybrid-electric vehicle in the garage at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His immediate reaction? “It looked like a lot of fun to play with.”

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    Eric Mallia

    EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge was a life-changing experience for Eric Mallia, the outreach coordinator for the University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team. Eric, then studying for his masters in environmental studies, always wanted to work in sustainable development and saw EcoCAR as an opportunity.

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    Allison Lilly

    Allison graduated from Penn State in May 2012 with a degree in public relations – or as Allison would say, “I majored in EcoCAR and minored in PR.” Allison participated in the program for three years because she loved the chance to compete with other schools and the opportunity to work for such a fulfilling project.

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    Hung Nguyen

    As a former Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) student, Hung Nguyen felt more than prepared when entering his first job as a CEE Engineer with General Motors Canada.

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    Anna Sinicki

    Anna Sinicki first heard about EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge while on an internship at Microsoft. “The business/outreach stream of EcoCAR was a fascinating challenge,” says Anna, who completed an undergraduate degree in science at the University of Waterloo before moving onto the MBA program at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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    Ali Seyam

    Since he can remember, NCSU EcoCAR alumnus Ali Seyam has had an interest in the automotive industry. Other interests have come and gone through the years, but his passion for autos stuck.

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    Matt Simonini

    Matt Simonini, a former Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) student, recalls that his experiences on the University of Wisconsin’s ChallengeX and FutureTruck teams were beneficial for his current career path.

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    Rachel Dobroth

    Virginia Tech (VT) communications alumna Rachel Dobroth was recruited to the school’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) through her involvement with VT’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). She served as Outreach Coordinator during the third year of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge.

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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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