Rob McEwen. Rob is a 30 year business veteran who founded a successful marketing firm in Austin, Texas in 1987. Returning to NZ in 2002, Rob engaged in economic development in Taupo, conceiving of the NZ Clean Energy Centre. The initiative attracted funding from NZ Trade & Enterprise and land from Council and a green, energy efficient facility was built. This led to a connection with a very successful Japanese businessman, living in New Zealand but a strong supporter of electric vehicle initiatives in Japan. Rob was invited to establish a New Zealand electric vehicle association (now Drive Electric). The EVolocity concept was initiated by a Drive Electric board member and since 2013, Rob has worked full time on bringing EVolocity to life.
Les Black. Les has many years of teaching in Physics, Electronics, Science& Technology. His wealth of experiences led to involvement in curriculum and assessment development with MoE and NZQA. He was seconded to Science Alive to develop outreach resources and then chaired a national education/industry partnership group in the hi-tech sector. This lead to the formation of the Bright Sparks programme which developed electronics courses in senior high school qualifications with NZQA & supported teachers with professional development resources.
Matt Stanford. Primary trained teacher with global teaching experience both in and outside of the classroom. Matt currently facilitates the Enviroschools Programme across Christchurch City, Hurunui and Selwyn Districts. Enviroschools is a national programme in over 1000 schools and centers throughout New Zealand. The kaupapa aims to empower students to take sustainable action. Matt is passionate about experiential learning and studied such pedagogy at degree level. Whilst teaching in the UK he set up a similar electric vehicle project in a small village school. There was wide engagement from the 10-11 year old team members
EVolocity attracts a new set of students to the issues around Sustainability, stimulating technological innovation that can contribute to a more sustainable future with lower fossil fuel emissions.
For EVolocity he has been responsible for developing technical regulations, scrutineering, scoring, planning and implementing the event with Les Black, and assisting on Bootcamps.
Luke Pickering. Luke has had a long and diverse career in technical and engineering fields, and since the 1990’s has also supported various education programmes in Canterbury.
He built his first electric vehicle in the 1970’s and went on to design and develop a number more, along with other interesting projects such as a self-balancing scooter (aka. Segway), and a full-size flight trainer. He is presently involved in development of geophysical research equipment as well as his continued work with geo-structural matters following the Canterbury earthquake series.
This is his third year of association with Evolocity.