MATLAB and Simulink play integral role in future car student competition 2000

6/27/2002 - The MathWorks announced that International Future Car Congress high school teams used MATLAB® and Simulink® from The MathWorks, plus ADVISOR from the Department of Energy to participate in this year's student challenge competition. ADVISOR is a model for hybrid electric vehicles written within the MATLAB and Simulink software environment. The competition, designed to increase student awareness of advanced and clean fuel technologies, challenged students to compete in the use of ADVISOR to evaluate different types of drive trains and/or fuels in motor vehicles. The high school teams leveraged The MathWorks tools donated by the company for a second year to alter the model and analyze results.

The International Future Car Congress ( named the following high school teams as winners of the ADVISOR Competition - Shiloh High School in Snellville, Ga., Wallenpaupack Area High School in Hawley, Pa., and Southridge High School in Kennewick, Wash. The Congress is dedicated to the development of automotive technologies that reduce the world's transportation energy consumption and minimize vehicle emissions.

This also marks the second year The MathWorks has served as a corporate sponsor of FutureTruck (, a unique automotive engineering competition among 15 university engineering teams. In FutureTruck 2002, each university team was charged with re-engineering a mid-size Ford Explorer to achieve lower emissions and higher fuel economy, while retaining the vehicle's utility, affordability, and customer appeal. Each of these participating teams received a selection of MATLAB and Simulink software products for use on their FutureTruck vehicle. In addition, The MathWorks provided financial donations and a new teamwork and leadership award which was presented to Virginia Tech. The winner of the 2002 FutureTruck competition was University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"The Future Car and the FutureTruck competitions enable students to apply The MathWorks tools in a very similar manner to the way they are utilized by thousands of automotive engineers in designing vehicles for today's leading car manufacturers," said Maureen Maher, Director of Educational Marketing at The MathWorks. "We are committed to supporting these types of innovative educational programs across many industries. This is a great way for students to learn firsthand how products are made and prepare for their future careers."

About The MathWorks, Inc.
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