Engineering mechanics student wins $10,000 EcoCAR assistantship

Shawn Getty, a graduate student in engineering mechanics, has won a $10,000 assistantship as part of the EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge competition.

The award, an EcoCAR Engineering Graduate Research Assistantship, is provided by Agonne National Laboratories. The contest, sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy, challenges university engineering students from across North America to re-engineer a GM-donated vehicle by improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions while maintaining its performance and consumer appeal.

Getty serves as the Penn State EcoCAR team's engineering research assistant and is responsible for all of the vehicle's verification and validation, as well as making sure all mechanical components are properly installed and functioning.

The Jefferson Hills, Pa., native has been a member of the team throughout the three-year contest.

Getty's graduate research focuses on high intensity ultrasound and its application to biodiesel production. He has also done work with hybrid vehicles and ultrasonic cleaning of titanium.

Getty's professional experience includes internships with CTI Biofuels and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

He received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in 2010 from Penn State.

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Last Updated February 15, 2011