EcoCAR Returns to Boston for 2009 Fall Workshop Hosted by The MathWorks

After receiving the keys to a 2009 Saturn VUE this summer, EcoCAR teams will be hard at work this academic year, replacing the vehicle's conventional powertrain with their own unique powertrain designed during Year One of the competition.

Last fall the teams gathered in Boston for intense training to prepare them with the tools and knowledge needed to use advanced software and computer modeling tools which allowed for the design and simulation of innovative concepts for their vehicle design.

For the Year Two Fall Workshop, The MathWorks, a key sponsor, has once again invited EcoCAR students to return to the Boston area for a five-day training workshop to further hone the student's skills so they can successfully implement their designs and integrate their subsystems into a functional fuel-efficient vehicle. By using Model-Based Design and software tools, teams mirror industry standards to best refine control strategies that will address real-world automotive challenges.

"The MathWorks is pleased to once again host the EcoCAR teams, so they can further their knowledge of using use math-based tools to solve complex engineering problems," said Maureen Maher, education marketing manager for The MathWorks.

In addition to The MathWorks, other EcoCAR sponsors including General Motors, National Instruments, dSPACE, AVL, Freescale Semiconductor, Woodward and A123 will offer instructional sessions throughout the workshop to train the students on how to use various software and technologies in their EcoCAR vehicles.