School of Business and Economics professors Dr. Dana Johnson and Dr. Junhong Min have been awarded a fellowship to continue funding, Eric Joseph, a current MBA student, with the second installment of the EcoCAR Outreach/Communications Graduate Fellowship. The grant of $7,500, made possible by Argonne National Laboratory and the American Society for Engineering Education, will continue to fund the EcoCAR project here at Michigan Tech. Each EcoCAR university is expected to match the contribution in order to fund a full time Outreach/Communications person for the EcoCAR project.
As Outreach Coordinator of the EcoCAR project, Joseph is in charge of marketing, which includes updating the website, holding on-campus informational sessions, and posting fliers. In addition, Joseph has seized publicity opportunities with the Michigan Tech film board and TV 6. He is also responsible for setting up purchasing of parts and materials for the project, keeps the project budget, and arranges sponsorships. All in all, he is a busy guy.
“I became interested in the EcoCAR Enterprise because of my undergraduate experience in the Aerospace Enterprise,” said Joseph. “The Enterprise programs on campus provide tremendous opportunities to work on projects that will have an impact on society. The EcoCAR Enterprise is no exception. I really enjoyed working with the team last semester and look forward to working with them again this semester.”
The project is in its second of three years. During this phase of the project, the team is focused on preparing for a competition at the General Motors proving grounds in Yuma, Arizona in May. ”We’ll be refining the vehicle so that it is equivalent to a car on a dealer lot,” Joseph said. “We hope to have a fully operating vehicle that achieves better fuel economy than the stock vehicle.”