Tesla coordinator speaks to science students

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Tesla coordinator speaks to science students

Emma Kinghorn

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Tesla is a relatively new car company that exists “to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport” according to their mission statement.

Academic and AP Environmental students were able to learn about the first stages of this acceleration today when Brebeuf and Depauw alumni and Head of Indiana Operations Susan Taylor visited.

Going over Tesla’s extremely rapid growth since their foundation in 2003, Mr. Cameron Huffman, environmental science teacher, said, “We were going over a shift in consumer and industry mind sets between the shift in fossil fuels and what the future of alternative energies is going to look like so it was a perfect tie in.” Mr. Huffman was classmates with Ms. Taylor at Depauw.

Ms. Taylor showcased Tesla’s plans for the future, planning to mass produce a smaller, more affordable car. “It was interesting to see how widespread of an appeal Tesla has to many people, not just the “green factor,” said Ethan Manuszak, junior APES student.

“The redline, Indy blue system, and Tesla were the perfect introduction into what the alternative energy sector looks like for transportation in the future,” added Mr. Huffman.

Taylor also introduced her background in STEM careers, which includes starting a home consulting company, as well as her position at Tesla. “We need people in science careers, especially if you’re a female in science: you’re one of the most coveted workers, you know what to do and how to be successful in the world,” said Huffman.