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The Nationally Competitive EcoCAR2

EcoCAR2 400

Competing with graduate Engineering programs and large universities, Rose-Hulman won a place in the highly selective EcoCar2 Challenge. As a result, the RHIT EcoCar2 project received $27.8M in Siemens Software.

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The Challenge

Design, build and test a hybrid diesel-electric powertrain to decrease petroleum consumption and emissions utilizing industrial design process.


  • Ranked 9 out of 16 teams
  • Increased weighted fuel efficiency from 26 mpg to 62 mpg on highway.
  • Eight EcoCAR/Challenge X alumni are now working in the hybrid vehicle sector.

EcoCAR Awards and Recognition

  • Lynn St. James Women in Engineering Award four years in a row
  • NSF Outstanding Incoming Faculty Advisors
  • Model Based System Design - 1st place 3 times
  • Bosch Diversity Award
EcoCAR2 Under hood

Team Mentor


Dr. Zac Chambers