11 June 2012
PHOENIX–An engineer who works on one of the most advanced commercial aircraft designs is soon to be the proud owner of one of the most advanced electric vehicles.
Ted Yan, a systems engineer with Boeing, won the grand prize sweepstakes in our Drive for Innovation: A new 2012 Chevrolet Volt. Yan has been following the drive since we began in July and was thrilled to learn we'd drawn his name as the winner.
"The Volt is much like the 787. It is designed with drive-by-wire capability, and the 787 is a fly-by-wire aircraft," Yan said. "It's interesting to see the number of software codes used in the Volt is about 30% more than the 787 aircraft. I can imagine all the integration work involved in designing this vehicle."
"The Volt is definitely a car with all the new innovation technology," he said. "I have helped with the flight test program of the 787 airplane and have seen it through its certification and into production. Now I am excited to get to have my own personal experience to own and operate the most technically advance vehicle."
In the next two weeks, the road trip winds its way north toward our last official stop in Vancouver, B.C. We will stop in Seattle to meet Yan and present him with his new car and spend some time learning more about the 787 design and the life of a Boeing systems engineer.
What a great capper to an amazing trip! Below is a video of Avnet Electronics Marketing Vice President Ian Basey announcing the winning entry and below that is a slide show from the morning of the winner announcement and our donation of the red Chevy Volt to charity.
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