The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed UT’s Eco CAR2 team about their three-year challenge to convert a Chevrolet Malibu into a more eco-friendly car. The team is rebuilding it to run off ethanol and electricity. Their designs, though similar to hybrid cars already on the market, will be different in how the systems interact, said Mitchel Routh, a mechanical engineering graduate student set to finish his degree next week.
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A group of engineering students feel like sixteen-year-olds when they received the keys to a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu they are going to remodel to make more eco-friendly. The graduate and undergraduate students are part of a team competing in EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future, a three-year collegiate engineering competition established by the US Department of Energy and General Motors.
Imagine a world without man-made climate change, energy crunches, or reliance on foreign oil. It may sound like a dream world, but UT Knoxville engineers have made a giant step toward making this scenario a reality.
UT’s EcoCAR 2 team won sixth place overall at the EcoCAR 2012 Competition in Los Angeles. The fifteen universities competing in EcoCAR 2 gathered for six days of judged competition in May with $100,000 in prize money up for grabs. The team also won second place for the mechanical presentation.
John Utley, a senior in mechanical engineering, was interviewed via satellite by WREG-TV while in Los Angeles for the EcoCAR 2 competition. EcoCAR 2 is a three-year collegiate engineering competition in which students design and build their own hybrid car.
What do you do with those old cell phones you can’t use anymore? Or the laptop that has outlived its usefulness? Bring them to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Saturday, May 19, to be recycled.
Faculty, staff, and students who are at the forefront of the campus’s environmental efforts were honored last week during at a ceremony held in Circle Park. Maria Rosales, a senior in environmental studies, and Carlos Gonzalez, a graduate student studying materials science, were honored along side Ruth Anne Hanahan, a senior research associate with the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, and Claudia Rawn, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
A campus community cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, when Earth Day is celebrated globally. UT’s Knoxville and agricultural campuses and the Fort Sanders neighborhood will get a spa treatment from the Campus Beautification Committee, Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Team VOLS, Rec Sports, and the Office of Sustainability.
More than a quarter-ton of paper, a half-pound of food waste, and 1.25 pounds of plastic bottles and aluminum cans per faculty, staff, and student. That’s just a sample of what the campus collected in this year’s RecycleMania competition. In total, the campus community collected 299,000 pounds of recyclable material and finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference in the Per Capital Classic category.
The campus’s Earth Month celebrations continue Friday, April 20, with the Environmental Leadership Awards and other festivities at Circle Park. The community is invited to enjoy the Recycled Art Competition, a cookout hosted by Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK), free bike tune-ups and more. The fun begins at 10:00 a.m.