Michigan: Universities Train Next Generation of Automotive Engineers

Project Overview
Positive Impact: EERE is supporting a strong American workforce to develop, build, repair, and respond to electric vehicles to make them as convenient and affordable as current conventional vehicles.
Locations: Detroit, Michigan (Wayne State and University of Michigan); Warren, Michigan (Wayne State); Houghton, Michigan (Michigan Technological University); Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint, Michigan (University of Michigan)
Partners: University of Michigan, Wayne State University,  Michigan Technological University, Kettering University, and Pennsylvania State University
EERE Investment: $5M to Wayne State; $2.5M to University of Michigan; $1.25M to University of Michigan-Dearborn; $2.98M to Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech also has a separate $1.8M research project)
Clean Energy Sector: Sustainable transportationPDF

University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Michigan Technological University are all carrying out Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education programs to educate future engineers about electric drive vehicles. All three universities are developing courses for undergraduate and graduate students in electric drive technology. University of Michigan, with partners at Kettering University and Pennsylvania State University, is also offering short professional development courses that have already reached more than 100 engineers, and they expect to reach 50 to 100 more each year. In addition, more than 700 students have taken undergraduate and graduate courses so far, and 300–500 students are expected to enroll annually. Wayne State has reached more than 600 students with its new and redesigned courses; it is also organizing workshops for K–12 teachers. Michigan Technological University has developed new graduate programs and courses in electric drive transportation that combine fundamental, interdisciplinary, and applied research that have reached almost 1,000 students. It also operates a mobile vehicle laboratory that provides hands-on experience to audiences ranging from elementary school to graduate researchers. University of Michigan and its partners contributed $735,000 to its projects; Wayne State and its partners contributed $1.25 million to its project; and Michigan Tech and its partners contributed $750,000 million to its project.

The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) develops and deploys efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. These technologies will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.

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