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Centers & Institutes
Henry W. Patton Center for Engineering Education & Practice
HPCEEP's mission is to be a leader in incorporating engineering practice, design, innovation, and concepts of manufacturing technology at all levels of engineering education, by integrating the teaching environment with the world of practice.
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Center for Lightweighting Automotive Materials and Processing

  • Establish lightweight automotive materials concentration in the existing master's program on Automotive Systems Engineering
  • Establish a core group of faculty for teaching and research on lightweight automotive materials and processing
  • Establish a national information center on lightweight automotive materials
  • Conduct seminars/colloquia/continuing education courses for practicing engineers on lightweight automotive material
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Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems
The mission of IAVS is to accelerate applied research for advanced vehicle systems in the areas of product development and manufacturing. Focus on systems related to the design, development and manufacturing of complex vehicles. Conduct research related to body and chassis systems, manufacturing processes, and integration with powertrain systems.
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Center for Electric Drive Transportation
The Center for Electric Drive Transportation at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is established in 2011 with a grant from the U. S. Department of Energy's Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Program. As one of the seven university research centers that were awarded the prestigious grants, the GATE Center at UMD is dedicated to achieving the synergy among technological development, research and graduate education in automotive engineering, with focuses on technologies related to electric drive vehicles.
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DTE Power Electronics and Electric Drives Laboratory
DTE Power Electronics and Electric Drives Laboratory was established through a $190,000 grant from DTE Energy and an internal matching grant. The research is in the area of power electronics, hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), and renewable energy systems.
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