My 2018 Tesla Model S


As an optimistic engineering-inclined kid in middle school, I always assumed the first new car I would buy would be an electric. Sadly, it was the third new car I bought that was a full electric.

But now it is here. I bought a 2018 Tesla Model S in June, 2018. And it is amazing. Like really amazing.

I have a bit of a longer commute and I'll share why I chose the Tesla.

I'll talk about some of the interesting aspects of owning an electric car such as:

Cost per Mile versus a traditional ICE (internal combustion engine)
Projected Maintence and Costs
Engineering tricks that make the Tesla suite of vehicles capable of over 300 miles range
How the Tesla Supercharger Network Works
and more

  Date and Time




  • 321 3rd Ave SW
  • Rochester, Minnesota
  • United States 55902
  • Building: Medical Sciences Bldg (east side, north door)
  • Room Number: Mann Hall
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  • Starts 20 January 2019 05:05 PM
  • Ends 28 January 2019 05:05 PM
  • All times are US/Central
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Eldon Nelson, M.S., P.E. of Synopsys


Tesla Model S


Eldon Nelson M.S. P.E. is a Verification Application Engineer working at Synopsys.  He received his B.S. and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.).  Eldon's technical blog features posts on verification and GNU Emacs - two of his favorite topics.  Before working at Synopsys he has worked for: Intel, Micron Technology, IBM, Unisys, and the National Science Foundation. He has 6 published papers in the field of Digital Verification and been granted one patent. He is a recipient of both a first and second place best paper at the Design and Verification Conference (DVCon) in San Jose, California. He has volunteered consistently with IEEE for over a decade in various roles and is currently serving as the IEEE Twin Cities Section Chair 2019.

Address:Minnesota, United States


Networking at 6:30 PM with pizza/refreshments and lecture at 7:00 PM.