By Warren Kurisu
One of my favorite sponsorship activities is the Challenge X competition, brought to us by our partner National Instruments (NI).
Seventeen teams were challenged to re-engineer a GM Equinox, a
crossover sport utility vehicle to minimize energy consumption,
emissions, and greenhouse gases while maintaining or exceeding the
vehicle’s utility and performance. Year 1 focused on modeling,
simulation, and testing of the vehicle power-train and vehicle
subsystems selected by each school. Years 2 and 3 allowed the teams to
actually integrate their re-designed components into a GM Equinox.