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Rose-Hulman Recieves Vehicle For Engineering Design Competition

Last updated on Thursday, December 3, 2009

(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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