Add another layer, the chance to build a real, solar car from scratch in a garage a block from campus, and you have the makings of a career.
“I’ll be working on all things electrical – batteries, motors, and even transmission and telemetry – and this will give me a lot of technical experience,” notes Murzello. “By taking a training position, which introduces me to parts, repairs and customer service, I will be expanding my experience in the automotive industry.”
And it is an exciting time to be part of it, he says, as carmakers incorporate new technology, such as hybrid engines and alternative fuel sources, to increase efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.
“Increasingly sophisticated sensor systems more easily integrate feedback and response,” adds Murzello, who focused on the controls track in electrical engineering, including automation and feedback systems, which allow a car, for example, to maintain control if one wheel starts spinning and losing grip on an icy road. There is also a lot of interest in renewable technologies in this major.”
Within the next couple of years, he plans to head back to school for a master’s degree, possibly at NJIT, before working in research and develop as an engineer for Tesla or one of the big automakers.
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