LiveBIG Staff, August 12, 2016

The complexity of automotive technology has grown exponentially since the first automobile was built in the 19th century and even in the last 30 years. Schools in the Big Ten are experimenting with a variety of automotive technologies and making an impact. From green energy to faster speed to safety improvements, researchers are changing the way cars and drivers interact. Here?s a glimpse of the impact cars are making in the Big Ten.

Ohio State professor finds fast cars offer insights into innovation

?Our goal is not to talk about cars,? he explained. ?Our goal is to talk about the optimal amount of innovation. What should a business do in response to changes? Typically, leaders say make innovations, but looking at the evidence from F1, maybe less change is better.?

Michigan Solar Car Team driven to succeed

It shouldn?t come as a surprise that a 100-member team from Ann Arbor, Mich., defines success as no less than a national championship. It also shouldn?t surprise you that the team works together around the clock preparing for a grueling competition driven by a desire to leave a legacy for future Wolverines. What may come as a surprise is this team doesn?t play in the Big House.

Penn State alum Steve Garguilo?s excellent adventures

?I am really attracted to the people and causes that are driven by someone who is really passionate and committed,? Garguilo said. ?And this is an organization where small donations can make a big impact.?

Ohio State students steering auto innovation

?It really makes a difference, not just in terms of like the emissions and the harm to the environment that emissions cause, but in terms of the costs that the driver of the automobile would actually incur,? he explained. ?That?s something that everyone can understand.?

Iowa, Buddy Lazier team up to see impact

Jacqueline, Lazier?s daughter, was born with a rare eye disorder known as Aniridia, which reduces visual acuity (sharpness) and increases sensitivity to light. Combined with glaucoma, Jacqueline has lost vision in her right eye. Lazier and his wife, Kara, have committed to raising awareness and finding a cure.

By Gianna Marshall