Students Build Electric Truck to Set New World Records
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In the fall semester 2015, Paul and fellow club members, Sean Biegler ’18, Jared Deleon ’18, Brandon Zonghi ’16, and August Pelliccio’18 spent roughly 1,200 hours on the project. The club members get together every weekend to work on the truck’s performance under the supervision of Professor Hemchandra Shertukde in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA). By combining what they have learned in class with additional knowledge obtained through online research, they come up with creative ideas on how to improve the vehicle.
They don’t just work on the technical side of the project, they are also involved in the fundraising and management of the electric truck. “It is an excellent learning experience and it teaches them project management, fundraising, and teamwork skills,” says CETA Dean Lou Manzione.
The hands-on aspect of the project is preparing the students for future career success in the emergent area of sustainability. “After this, I’m really interested in different systems for running cars, and with this experience, I hope to work for a car company,” says Sean.