Magic in the Making: How Mathworks Furthers the CSU EcoCAR Challenge Team for Success in Year 5 Innovations
Among the seventeen main sponsors for this year’s EcoCAR Challenge, the CSU EcoCAR Challenge Team has MathWorks sponsorship to thank. MathWorks software and design programs such as Simulink and MATLAB have provided essential elements and training for the CSU EcoCAR Challenge Team over the years of our involvement within the competition and continues to provide assets that are valuable for our team to complete their tasks in the best possible manner. This year’s team has learned new vital information that can be applied towards their development of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer for this year’s competition and beyond.
Simulink and MATLAB have taken a major role in the design development of the chosen vehicle over the years that the EcoCAR program has been active. Each software tool over the years has provided teams with multiple assets. During the first year of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge these applications are assisting CSU with the architecture selection process by allowing the team to model the powertrain and simulate different powertrain configurations. Further down the line, these tools will be fundamental in assisting with the vehicle model process and the development of the basic vehicle control strategies tied into the component functionality.
Colorado State’s EcoCAR Challenge Team has dedicated these tools to be used mainly by the CAVS and CSMS teams. MathWorks is one of the many sponsors that headlines the EcoCAR Challenge each year, and provides each university participating in the competition with essential software tools to support the model-based design development process, mainly for the CAVS and CSMS teams for each university. Along with the design developments, MathWorks sponsorship also contributes to competition funding- a significant monetary involvement within the competition over the years of being live.
Each university has a single mentor that essentially guides each team through team training and assists team members with using the software design programs to their full capacity. Colorado State University’s MathWorks mentor, Scott Furry schedules on-site visits to CSU to provide our team members with more one-on-one guidance with specific software programs, as well as giving our team the necessary information in order to succeed further with the design process and structure.
Alongside other individual university mentors, Scott works with other MathWorks mentors for the EcoCAR challenge by hosting various training sessions at multiple workshops that are held throughout the competition’s years, more heavily focused at the Fall Workshop held at the MathWorks headquarters in Natick, MA. Mentors also are responsible for judging the report submissions that come from the various universities participating in the challenge throughout the year, as well as the year-end competition events.
CSU students involved in this year’s competition have gained new skill sets to be applied in future works and career goals. Thus far into the competition, team members have gained hands on experience and expertise in order to get necessary information upon completing reports and getting feedback from mentors. MathWorks sponsorship with this year’s EcoCAR Challenge is preparing CSU’s students for their future in engineering and for whatever other Challenges lie in store for them.