The Safety Award highlights the importance of design, road, and behavioral safety in the Shell Eco-marathon program and encourages all teams to consider and implement safe practices in their daily work. It challenges teams to inspect tools and equipment and review established practices, procedures, and vehicle design in order to implement changes which lead to higher safety standards.
The team applied their learnings from past experiences to develop safety standards for the 2020 season, appointing a safety officer and collectively creating a list of rules to be strictly followed in their campus workspace to ensure that all vehicle choices were made to maximize efficiency without compromising safety.
JMU Supermileage’s safety precautions and procedures included four categories: workplace safety, manufacturing safety, vehicle design safety, and road safety.
True to Shell’s own values, the JMU team made safety a top priority and from the start agreed it would be an essential factor to the success of their project.
The team’s preparations for the 2020 season were not without challenges, however, and troubleshooting issues became a theme as they built their vehicle. But the team found success through perseverance, teamwork and by applying practical solutions they had learned in the classroom. These included transferring expensive parts from other systems into their vehicle and taking systems apart into separate components so they could trace connections and functions.
Through the students’ diligent approach, organizational skills, resourcefulness and consistency, the team exemplified the values and attention to detail required in the real world to ensure safety at every step of the way.
For one team member, it was a father’s passion for cars, the beauty of “tinkering,” and the importance of a never-give-up attitude which inspired him to take part. The JMU network played an equally important role as the team’s faculty advisers, Dr. Robert Nagel and Dr. Robert Prins shared their knowledge while encouraging students to find solutions on their own. Team members also met with JMU alums who returned to the to share their experiences and successes in the competition.
Learn more about the winning team