Today's photo dates to 1973, when an oil embargo against the United States spurred an energy crisis in the country and renewed the public's interest in electric cars. As reported in the spring 2007 issue of NYIT Magazine, the photo shows engineering students under the direction of Professor Edward Kafrissen, Ph.D., as they lower a 1965 General Motors Corvair into the machine shop inside Harry Schure Hall at the Old Westbury campus. The group later removed the engine and installed an electric motor with a rechargeable battery.
More than 40 years later, NYIT students are still learning by tinkering with cars. The university's Old Westbury chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers hosts an annual car show that's also a fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project, an organization that supports injured U.S. military veterans. Read more about SAE.
Every Thursday, Social Media Strategist Brylee Kaye shares a retro photo for #TBT (aka Throwback Thursday), a popular hashtag campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This content is featured as part of The Box's "60 Years in 60 Days" series in celebration of NYIT's 60th anniversary in 2015.
By Brylee Kaye