'Driven To Succeed' Radio Series Features GEAR UP Students
Utah Public Radio’s series 'Driven to Succeed' was created based on the experiences of STARS! GEAR UP students at Utah State University. These seven first-year college students worked with mentors from USU’s Sustainable Electrified Transportation Center (SELECT), in the College of Engineering. During that time, they designed and built a single-seat electric car using cutting-edge technology. While it looked like any other car, it charged wirelessly from the roadway while in motion. Aggie Recharge, the STARS! GEAR UP team, raced their car along with 23 other electric cars in the 2019 Utah Greenpower Electric Car Challenge at the Utah Motorsports Campus on April 25.
Throughout the process, UPR reporter Ashley Rohde talked with these 7th Year GEAR UP students about what they learned, their experiences, and their future goals. The series concluded during an episode of Access Utah on May 9, talking with Ms. Rohde, Jeannine Huenemann, from USU STARS! GEAR UP, and Ryan Bohm, lab manager for USU Power Electronics Lab/SELECT, talking about what GEAR UP does for students, and the future of electrified transportation vehicles. The 3-part series aired in April and May, 2019, during UPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition.