Clemson Grad Students Unveil Redesigned BMW MINI.
The Anderson (SC) Independent-Mail (10/18) reports that a team of 18 Clemson University grad students “have spent the last few years” working on a challenge from BMW to “recreate the iconic MINI car with the drivers of 2025 in mind.” The “finished, fully-functional and futuristic MINI reincarnation was recently revealed at the BMW Zentrum museum in Greer,” South Carolina. “Zoran Filipi, chair of Clemson’s department of automotive engineering, said the vehicle’s reveal was a powerful moment in the growing partnership between the university and the automotive industry giant.”
The Upstate Business Journal (SC) (10/14) reports that the students are part of Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), adding that the “vehicle is the seventh concept model developed as part of Clemson’s Deep Orange program. ... Deep Orange is the flagship program of Clemson’s two-year master’s degree program in automotive engineering” and “gives students exposure to market analysis, target customer profiles, vehicle design, prototyping, and manufacturing.”
WHNS-TV Greenville, SC (10/14) and WSPA-TV Greenville, SC (10/15) also cover this story.
The Upstate Business Journal (SC) (1/17, Anderson) reports the university’s research “could ease traffic woes across South Carolina and beyond” using wireless technology which “enables vehicles to communicate with each other, pedestrians and infrastructure.” The university has said the $1.4 million from the DOT “will be used to establish the new Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility.” Dr. Chowhurdy will lead the center, which will also house “researchers from Benedict College, The Citadel, South Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina.”
Women, diversity in STEM focus of $3.4 million grant to Clemson
The initiative is funded with a $3.4 million grant from a National Science Foundation (NSF) program called ADVANCE: Increasing Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers. Along with the initiative, nicknamed Tigers ADVANCE, is a greater goal: to build a culture that encourages diversity, inclusiveness and acceptance.
“The impact these STEM fields have on our society is immeasurable,” said Robert Jones, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Clemson and co-principal investigator of the grant. “We need diverse ideas and perspectives in the academy and in our workforce to tackle the greatest challenges we, and future generations, will face.”
Clemson University Receives $1.4 DOT Award For Research Into Traffic Elimination Technology.
WSPA-TV Greenville, SC (1/17, Hampton) reports that the Department of Transportation has awarded Clemson University $1.4 million which, in addition to a partnership with the DOT, will help the university “create accessible wireless technology for all cars and traffic signals.” Researchers at the university have developed a formula which teaches “a traffic signal hub to reason like a human.” Dr. Mashrur Chowdhury, professor of Civil Engineering, is quoted as saying, “Connected cars will lead to driverless cars. In order to make driverless cars affordable, we need to have this connectivity. ... This can solve significant problems we are having in transportation. So, the primary purpose of these connected vehicles actually is to save lives.”