Southeast Missouri State University

Rolla Native John Dillard Starts Electric Vehicle Club at Southeast

Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology
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Southeast student John Dillard of Rolla, Mo., started and serves as vice president of Southeast's Electric Vehicle Club. The club gives students the opportunity to learn about the field of electric vehicles while gaining an understanding of the true significance of sustainability.

“I felt there was a strong need for several of the electrical and mechanical students to get more of a ‘hands-on experience’ within their fields,” he explains.

Jack Rickard of EVTV Motor Verks, which is located a few blocks from Southeast in Cape Girardeau, is recognized as a world leader in electric vehicles. John says he felt Jack’s expertise could benefit Southeast students and took the opportunity to collaborate with him in starting the campus organization.

“I realized an electric vehicle club may be a way to get other students interested in this area of study and possibly encompass many other fields of study as well,” he says. “Doing this would hopefully encourage and thus provide students a chance to get a ‘hands-on’ approach with experience in their specific fields while at the same time show how their fields could connect with other fields of study.”

John is currently interning with Noranda Aluminum, a leading North American integrated producer of value-added aluminum products and high-quality rolled aluminum coils.

“There, I gain valuable experience as an electrical technician,” he says.

He is also interning with the Satellite Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) on campus, sponsored by the Department of Energy, where he gains experience in the electrical, mechanical, sustainable and management fields while learning about various industries and businesses.

“I’ve made contacts and networks there that will last the rest of my life,” he says.

John is majoring in engineering technology with the option of electrical and control, and computer technology with the option of automated manufacturing at the University. He also is working toward certifications so he can work as an energy engineer and a residential energy auditor.