May 27, 2012
EcoCar Competition Drives Student Employment, if Not Innovation
Four years ago R. Jesse Alley was just another mechanical-engineering student searching for purpose when a friend at Virginia Tech opened up a laptop and changed his life.
It was his sophomore year, and he was watching football on TV in the apartment of Kurt M. Johnson, his roommate's cousin. Mr. Johnson was working on a continentwide competition to design environmentally friendly cars, and during a break from the game, he showed Mr. Alley page upon page of the computer code needed to