Missouri S&T’s EcoCAR team unveiled its entry for EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge during a ceremony last October at the campus’s E3 Commons. The S&T group is one of 17 university teams from the U.S. and Canada involved in the competition, which requires each team to re-engineer a 2009 Saturn Vue to become more energy-efficient. The S&T team plans to turn the Saturn into a hydrogen-powered vehicle.
Days after the unveiling, five graduate students on the team and Kevin Martin, ChE’02, MS ChE’05, PhD EMgt’09, assistant research professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, traveled to Torino, Italy, to present papers at the World Congress of Young Scientists on Hydrogen Energy Systems. Team member Mathew Thomas, a graduate student in engineering management and systems engineering, received a $1,000 Euro Cash Award for submitting the best paper in hydrogen systems applications. He also received a $250 Euro Grant from the event’s organizers.