Building Alice

The Saturday work session this week was quite exciting. With the physical construction of our new car at hand, there’s lots of action and opportunity to get one’s hands dirty. On that note, let’s start with our merry band of MecE’s…

It’s no secret that the body which decorates the newspapers and posters (and the winners’ circle) is the product of the Mechanical Engineering team. They are the ones that design the suspension and braking and many other components of the physical car, and they also have the claims on the aeroshell, which gives us our sleek, dangerous, “you-wish-you-were-this-efficient” look. But underneath it all, how does the car look? This week, we get a very special sneak peek:

About Mikel Gomes

After completing two years of a Joint Math and Physics major at the University of Northern British Columbia, Mikel transferred into the second year of the Engineering Physics program at the University of Alberta in 2012. He joined the University of Alberta EcoCar team in later 2013 and is currently the Motors Team Lead. Recently, he has been assisting in improving the public and corporate visibility of the EcoCar team.

Roadworthy: engineering experiences give graduate real-world experiences

http://www.engineering.ualberta.ca/en/NewsEvents/Engineering%20News/2013/May/Roadworthyengineeringexperiencesgivegraduaterealworldexperiences.aspx

About Balazs Gyenes

Balazs is the Project Manager for the University of Alberta Eco-Car team. He is also in his third year of Engineering Physics: Nanoengineering option.

Eco-Car running smooth on test drive

http://www.engineering.ualberta.ca/en/NewsEvents/Engineering%20News/2013/March/EcoCarrunningsmoothontestdrive.aspx

About Balazs Gyenes

Balazs is the Project Manager for the University of Alberta Eco-Car team. He is also in his third year of Engineering Physics: Nanoengineering option.

Engineering students charged up over Eco-car

http://www.engineering.ualberta.ca/NewsEvents/Engineering%20News/2013/March/Engineeringstudentsunveilzeroemissionscar.aspx

About Balazs Gyenes

Balazs is the Project Manager for the University of Alberta Eco-Car team. He is also in his third year of Engineering Physics: Nanoengineering option.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 9

April 3, 2012

This morning our first stop was a lovely little gas station/tourist shop. The outside was done to look like fake old buildings and stores. On the inside you could buy anything from postcards and stamps to statues, guns, clothes, and sandwiches. There was even a section of the till devoted to rattle snake items. There were canes with rattle snake heads, stuffed rattle snakes, rattle snake skin wallets and shoes. The gentleman running the shop was a very nice fellow and we had a good chat with him. He pointed out some of the sights to see along our road. He mentioned the Apache camps in the hills, the locations of famous battles, and mining ghost towns. We were truly in the land of cowboys and Indians. Unfortunately we would be unable to stop at any of these locations as we had to continue our trip home. But someday we may find the time to explore the sights of New Mexico.

About Adnan Arif

A fourth year Chemical Engineering student at the U of A, Adnan is passionate about alternative energy, climate change and computer programming. Between assignments, exams and killing people in GTA, he tries to find time to work on EcoCar's Electrical and PR teams.

Racing the clock, EcoCar team scrambles into second place

http://www.engineering.ualberta.ca/NewsEvents/Engineering%20News/2012/April/RacingtheclockEcoCarteamscramblesintosecondplace.aspx

About Balazs Gyenes

Balazs is the Project Manager for the University of Alberta Eco-Car team. He is also in his third year of Engineering Physics: Nanoengineering option.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 8

April 2, 2012

Today is the first day of the return journey back to Edmonton. The majority of the team will be flying; however, two of us will still be driving the truck and trailer back.

As we didn’t want to take the same route back to Edmonton, we decided that we would head north west out of Houston. After reaching El Paso we will turn north into New Mexico. Then head west into Arizona and then up north through Utah, Idaho, Montana, and then Alberta. This would be a several day journey and there would be lots to see along the way. We are excited to get started. It is great that the stress from the competition is now over and the EcoCar team was able to place so successfully.

About Adnan Arif

A fourth year Chemical Engineering student at the U of A, Adnan is passionate about alternative energy, climate change and computer programming. Between assignments, exams and killing people in GTA, he tries to find time to work on EcoCar's Electrical and PR teams.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 7

April 1, 2012

Sunday was the final day for competition. As the team woke and headed down to locate and fix the hydrogen leak the pressure was slowly getting to us. Today we had our last opportunity to put in a successful run. As it stood at this point, none of the 7 teams running hydrogen at the competition had put in a successful run yet. There were 4 teams in the urban concept category and 3 in prototype and all had been bogged down with trouble shooting, just as our team, and had been unable to complete a successful run. Things were getting close for the hydrogen teams.

About Adnan Arif

A fourth year Chemical Engineering student at the U of A, Adnan is passionate about alternative energy, climate change and computer programming. Between assignments, exams and killing people in GTA, he tries to find time to work on EcoCar's Electrical and PR teams.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 6

March 31, 2012

Saturday began early and the team hoped to quickly pass the technical inspection and get the vehicle on the track. We had already missed our opportunities to race on Friday and did not want to continue that today.

Following some minor tweaks to the vehicle we were able to get almost everything ready for technical inspection. As there was a slalom component of the technical inspection we needed to have our fuel cell system functioning first. For this we needed to prove to the Shell hydrogen representatives that our system had no leaks. Following a tense several hours hunting miniscule hydrogen leaks with a hydrogen “sniffer” sensor we passed the leak check and had our tank.

About Adnan Arif

A fourth year Chemical Engineering student at the U of A, Adnan is passionate about alternative energy, climate change and computer programming. Between assignments, exams and killing people in GTA, he tries to find time to work on EcoCar's Electrical and PR teams.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 5

March 30, 2012

Friday morning started early with the rest of the team arriving from the airport. Following a quick breakfast provided by the event organizers the 3 team drivers attended the drivers meeting and track walk around. Here the details of the track were discussed and the different driving rules were explained. Following this were the opening ceremonies where the event was officially kicked off by the mayor of Houston and Shell Executives.

About Adnan Arif

A fourth year Chemical Engineering student at the U of A, Adnan is passionate about alternative energy, climate change and computer programming. Between assignments, exams and killing people in GTA, he tries to find time to work on EcoCar's Electrical and PR teams.