We tore the engine, exhaust, and more out of the Mooventure. This is the start of transitioning this 2009 Ford Escape into a fully electric SUV! Next step is to dismantle the engine so our members can get their hands dirty and learn a thing or two about engines!
Barry and Sarah got the opportunity to meet Ford CEO Mark Fields during their summer internships at Ford Motor Company. Mark spoke to all the interns about the company and shared some of his tips on being successful.
Team members Alex Bare, Jimmy Dieck, and Sarah Murphy drove the Moovada to the Turbo Talk radio show in Sun Prairie yesterday to talk about the program and upcoming plans. They had an awesome time and will return to Turbo Talk as projects progress. The Engineering Expo is at the Engineering Centers Building tomorrow (Fri 4/15)! Stop by the automotive shop to find out more about the team! We’ll be available from 9am to 2pm.
The Moovada went on a long distance test drive last night for the first time since the diesel powertrain issues were fixed. All went well and we’re looking forward to finishing up the electrified powertrain!
Congratulations to Jake Moffatt for receiving the Mover and Shaker award on April 1st! Jake has been with the team for three years and has dedicated a lot of his time to the load dissipation system in the dyno room. After his hard work, he was recently able to get a test fixture working and is now preparing to add more heating elements to handle more power. This load dissipation system will allow us to do transient testing on engines and is certainly a step in the right direction for the team. Thanks Jake for all your great work!
Dmitrii Turygin is motivated, intelligent, and ready to learn every time he is in the shop. Recently, he obtained his CNC 3 permit upgrade for the student shop here on campus, which is a great achievement. He is currently working hard to design new coil springs for the Moovada because we are designing a new/heavier high voltage battery system to go the rear of the vehicle. He is also using his time on spring break to develop part of the new battery box that will house the high voltage batteries. Dmitrii is a dedicated worker and the team is lucky to have him – AND HE IS ONLY A FRESHMAN!
On December 4, Nate Karabon received the Mover and Shaker award. Nate is a third year team member with the mechanical sub-team. Nate received the award for his consistency in helping with both vehicle work and outreach events throughout the semester. Congratulations Nate and thank you for all your hard work. The team wishes Nate the best of luck with his internship with Kohler engines this spring.