Working Together to Bridge the Gap
|February 15, 2012||Posted by Kim.Tootle under Non Technical Post, Year One Posts|
The gap between technical and non-technical ways of thinking is usually fairly substantial. The subject-matter and thought processes are so drastically different from one another that sometimes it doesn’t seem necessary to even try to bridge that gap.
The EcoCAR 2 program gives students and professionals (technical and non-technical) the ability to think in terms of both. This gives EcoCAR students the skills and mindset that many industries and organizations are looking for. Organizational leaders seek individuals with the ability to proactively collaborate to fix problems. EcoCAR 2 is the epitome of cross-discipline collaboration. Students; faculty; and professional sponsors come from different sides of industry and yet all work seamlessly together to achieve a sole purpose – creating vehicles that are more sustainable and consumer oriented for a society that is faced with an impending energy crisis. This concept of training students to think and work collaboratively is not only part of the solution to the automotive or energy markets, but it could also be part of the answer for larger scale societal issues.
Society and the world we live in is long overdue for an across the board “meeting of the minds” – something that the AVTC program has been putting into action for 23 years now.