Working as a Student Ambassador for Colorado State University Powerhouse Energy Campus, Emily Taylor always had a passion for sustainable and renewable energy. While working at the Powerhouse, Emily was presented with an opportunity to work as the Communications Manager for Year 4 of the EcoCAR3 competition. Following her passions, she decided to join the team and was very happy to have joined in the end.
Being the Communications Manager, Emily learned about technical aspects from a liberal arts perspective, helping her gain a better understanding of energy technologies and how they work in the world. Emily made the claim that “my favorite part about the program was getting to work with a team of engineers. Working with people beyond my major gave me a sense of how different disciplines need to collaborate within a company.”
After graduating from Colorado State in 2018, Emily started working in Government Affairs for a renewable energy development company in Denver, Colorado. She claims “the communications program in EcoCAR3 was extremely helpful for me to gain direct experience in stakeholder outreach and learn about energy issues that Colorado faces.”
Not only did Emily gain extensive knowledge in the field of automotive technology and energy conservation, but she also got the opportunity to establish various interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships, including that of former Congressman Jared Polis, who is now the Governor of Colorado and representatives from the Colorado State’s Senator office.
Emily envied her experience within the EcoCAR program, from related experiences to what she was interested in for her long-term career goals to learning more about herself in an environment outside of her comfort zone. When asked what advice she would give someone on the CSU Vehicle Innovation Team, Emily mentions to “remember creating long term strategies, stakeholder relationships, collateral and more will be helpful for future years, especially for those new to the program.”
All of our alumni are vital to our program’s growing and learning process. We value each and every team member that enters the program and exits to a new opportunity where their EcoCAR knowledge is a valuable addition. We are all proud to be Colorado State Rams!