Teaching innovation

The value of universities lies not just in teaching advanced subject content, but also in engaging students so that they learn how to approach problems and solve them. In other words, universities should teach students to pursue innovation.

So here’s a shoutout to the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 Team (MEE3T). The team is completing Year 2 of a four-year project to re-engineer a Chevy Camaro into a hybrid-electric vehicle while maintaining its muscle car appeal.

EcoCAR 3, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, includes sixteen teams from North American universities.  The teams have four years (2014-2018) to design, simulate, integrate, and test vehicle powertrains and meet specific goals.

Recently, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne gave our accomplished and award winning McMaster team her support in an engaging video.  Thanks, Premier Wynne!

Our McMaster team replied enthusiastically to the shout out.

The team is off to Yuma, Ariz. and San Diego, Calif. for this year’s competition. It will be in Yuma from May 16-21 at the General Motors Proving Grounds to show its work on vehicle safety and energy consumption. In San Diego during May 21-26, it will present its vision and progress regarding consumer appeal, systems safety, innovation, project management and communications.

Does this sound like a group of engaged students who are approaching and solving problems?  Yes!  Is this team a group of innovators?  Of course!

Mark my words, these young people will be the successful engaged employee intrepreneurs and innovative entrepreneurs that tomorrow’s world expects of universities.

Welcome to McMaster Engineering.

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