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To Dallas from Austin and Houston: Tech’s EcoMarathon team takes Texas

kpscan3Louisiana Tech engineering students have made the most of their talents by winning several national awards in Shell’s Eco-marathon competition held annually in Houston over the past several years. Tech’s team has consistently done well in the Vehicle Design and the Urban Concept Diesel design competitions. The Tech team documents their activities and wins on their website: http://orgs.latech.edu/ecocar/. Be sure to check out their accomplishments and follow their progress toward another winning race season this year.

Details of past and future Shell Eco-marathon competitions are available on Shell’s website: http://www.shell.com/global/environment-society/ecomarathon/events/americas.html. You will note that Shell has featured the Tech vehicle on the website and they have also featured Tech’s vehicles in international journals and newspapers.

Fernando Alonso in Diesel DawgLast weekend, the Tech team was invited to Austin to meet with a few of the drivers participating in the Formula 1 Circuit of the America’s Grand Prix race in Austin, Texas. This race is the only Formula 1 race held in the U.S., and it attracted thousands of fans from around the globe. It also received national television coverage through its broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Formula-One-star-Fernando-Alonso-takes-the-wheel-of-Louisiana-Techs-Diesel-Dawg-eco-car-ssOur Tech team got a special treat when two of Formula 1’s top drivers, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen, raced Tech’s “Diesel Dawg” and “Hot Rod” ecomarathon cars around a demonstration track. See these Formula 1 superstars racing each other in the Tech-made vehicles at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5b1X374UgE&list=UUj2ZmTR5LgHjRuR8H-WffAw. Later in the week-end, Fernando and Alonso were racing each other in their Ferrari Formula 1 vehicles.

Ferrari has now featured these activities on their website: http://formula1.ferrari.com/news/special-teachers

For more information about Tech’s team activities in Austin, visit: http://news.latech.edu/2014/10/31/formula-one-drivers-take-the-wheel-of-louisiana-techs-eco-marathon-cars/. It should be noted that the students that build these cars get little, if any, academic credit for any of this. They do it for the love of it, for the challenges the competition offers, and to test their own skills against the best in the country. Special thanks to these students, their dedicated faculty advisors, and key sponsors.

COES in DFWAnd now, Tech’s EcoMarathon cars are coming to Dallas on November 17, as the College of Engineering and Science and our University Admissions team join up with DFW recruiter Dan Dupuy for a big recruitment event! Help us spread the word about the event to alumni and prospective students in the DFW area. We would love to have them drop by the Embassy Suites in Frisco. It’s just further evidence that Texas is becoming “Bulldog Country!”