Those of you who do things like notice what time a post is published will see that I am still up though it is the wee hours of the morning. What might be keeping me up? Certainly not our car, for it was working at end of today, and we decided there was no use fixing things that ain’t broke. The reason I lie awake is my undying love of Canada, but more specifically of the Canadian teams are that the Shell Eco-Marathon. Let me give you a quick run-down on the hierarchy and politics of Canada – don’t worry, Stephen Harper won’t be mentioned, although I will cover all of the juiciest insider gossip.
After a long day trying to get our little Steve through tech inspection (notoriously difficult for hydrogen teams), I had my own little adventure in the city of Houston. To begin with, tech inspection went quite well, and the Shell Eco-Marathon makes for a nice view, as always.
The safety technicians sent us home with just a few minor things to fix, one of which was the installation of a fuse within our auxiliary circuit. This is easy to do, except that we didn’t have any fuses. The team took a vote and decided that their project manager was the smelliest, and anyways the guys needs to the start pulling his weight on the team. I was sent on a journey with nothing but a 3-speed municipal rental bike
Firstly, I’d like to introduce myself as the new project manager of the University of Alberta EcoCar Team. I’ll be taking over Matt Sponiar’s responsibilities, and hopefully leading our team through the next few years of design, build, and competition. Actually, to say I’m the new project manager is a bit disingenuous; I’ve been in this role since around May of 2013, but for many months my team and I were occupied with vital tasks that had been left to us. That is why this post describes our return from hibernation: not only are we heading off to a new Shell Eco-Marathon, fiercer than ever, but also the weather has just recently started to thaw.