The US Department of Energy's Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) have been taking place since 1988, and OSU has been participating since 1990.

Ohio State's AVTC teams have placed in the top five teams of previous competitions for the past ten years. For more information about AVTCs, visit the AVTC Series website.

EcoCAR 3

2014-2018 Ohio State won Years One, Two, Three and Four of EcoCAR 3, a four-year competition. 

EcoCAR 2

2011-2014 Ohio State took First Place in the final year of the previous AVTC, EcoCAR 2. 


2008-2011 Ohio State took Second Place in the final year of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge.


2004-2008 Ohio State took Third Place in the final year of ChallengeX: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility.


The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is one of 12 teams competing in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge. The team is made up of around 75 students, ranging from undergraduate freshmen to Ph.D. candidates. Students on the team have a diverse variety of majors, from mechanical and electrical engineering to business and communication.

The team is housed at the Center for Automotive Research. Ohio State's Center for Automotive Research is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Engineering. Ohio State CAR research focuses on advanced electric propulsion and energy storage systems; advanced engines and alternative fuels for reduced fuel consumption and emissions; intelligent transportation and vehicular communication systems; autonomous vehicles; noise, vibrations, and dynamics; vehicle chassis systems; and vehicle and occupant safety.

Mission and Vision

The Ohio State EcoCAR team's mission is to develop a showroom-ready hybrid electric Chevrolet Blazer that meets or exceed the technical requirements provided by sponsors. 


The Ohio State EcoCAR team's vision is to shatter the boundaries of sustainable automotive engineering while learning how to develop the most competition-ready vehicle.

Team Leaders

Simon Trask

Engineering Manager


Kriti Gena
Project Manager

Evan Stoddart

CAVs Lead, Engineering Manager

Kristina Kuwabara

Controls, System Modeling and Simulation Lead

Phillip Dalke

Propultion Systems Integration Lead

Leala Longmire

Propultion Systems Simulations Lead

Kerri Loyd

Electrical Systems Lead

Jackie Karl-DeFrain

Controls, System Modeling and Simulation

Clint Teece

Controls, System Modeling and Simulation

Jake Berg

Co-Communications Manager

Allison Mellor

Co-Communications Manager


Faculty Advisors

Dr. Shawn Midlam-Mohler
Lead Faculty Advisor

Shawn Midlam-Mohler has four roles within the University:


Assistant Professor - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Director – Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center

Fellow - Center for Automotive Research

Director – Ohio State University Motorsports Program


His primary research field is in the area of model-based design of complex systems and with a focus on advanced automotive powertrain systems. He holds a number of patents and has authored more than sixty peer-reviewed publications. His teaching interests include courses related to automotive topics in the thermal and fluid sciences as well as senior capstone design, project management, and systems engineering. He is also the lead advisor of OSU’s successful EcoCAR team and has a broad interest in the area of sustainable energy.

Dr. Giorgio Rizzoni
Faculty Advisor


Giorgio Rizzoni, the Ford Motor Company Chair in ElectroMechanical Systems, is a Professor of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at The Ohio State University. He received his B.S. (ECE) in 1980, his M.S. (ECE) in 1982, his Ph.D. (ECE) in 1986, all from the University of Michigan (UM). Between 1986 and 1990 he was a post-doctoral fellow, assistant research scientist and lecturer at UM. He joined the Ohio State University Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1990. He has held visiting positions at the Università di Bologna, Italy, the Swiss Federal Politechnic Institute (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland, Politecnico di Milano, and Politecnico di Torino.

Since 1999 he has been the director of the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR), an interdisciplinary university research center in the college of engineering. CAR conducts research on advanced automotive and transportation technologies and systems engineering, focusing on sustainable mobility, advanced propulsion systems, human safety and the environment.


Dr. Rizzoni’s research interests are in system dynamics, measurements, control and fault diagnosis with application to automotive systems. He has a special interest in future ground vehicle propulsion systems, including advanced Diesel engines, electric and hybrid-electric drivetrains, and fuel cell systems.