(TERRE HAUTE, IN) - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has received the vehicle students will modify in a nationwide engineering design competition.
A total of 17 schools are re-engineering identical production GM vehicles to achieve improved fuel economy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, while retaining the vehicle's performance and consumer appeal.
Rose-Hulman is the only Indiana college or university working on the project known as Eco-Car: The Next Challenge.
Students will improve the vehicle's operations over the next two years, putting it through a series of performance tests and annually judging it against the other team vehicles.
Art Western, Rose-Hulman's Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the faculty, says the new program helps provide students with a cutting-edge education.
It also provides business and industry with graduates able to make significant contributions early in their careers.
Several of Rose-Hulman's departments are sharing almost $3 million in financial, equipment and technical assistance donations from Indiana companies for the project.
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