CECS receives $40K grant from Denso North America Foundation

February 4, 2020

Funding from the DENSO North America Foundation will be used to support the Formula SAE Combustion team, Formula SAE Electric team and the Intelligent Systems Club focusing on powertrain and driver interface priorities

UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) was the recipient of a $40,000 grant from the DENSO North America Foundation earlier this academic year. The goal of this grant is to prepare students for careers and graduate study by engaging them in activities that help integrate the technical skills and knowledge they have gained in the classroom with real-world applications.

CECS utilizes research, capstone courses, internships/co-ops and competition team participation simultaneously to enhance development of non-cognitive or “employability skills” in UM-Dearborn graduates. A growing body of research demonstrates that hands-on experiences in which students apply theoretical concepts to solve today’s problems is important to the learning process. At the same time, employers indicate that they want college graduates to have more practical experience working in cooperative teams as a way to transition students from their formal studies into the workplace.

Funding from the DENSO North America Foundation will be used to support the Formula SAE Combustion team, Formula SAE Electric team and the Intelligent Systems Club focusing on powertrain and driver interface priorities. Each of these groups works under the guidance of a faculty adviser in partnership with the associate professor of engineering practice.  The intention among faculty, and in some cases industry volunteers, is to serve as mentors to facilitate collaboration to encourage the full participation of individuals working towards a common goal. The experience of participating in an engineering team competition is extremely valuable and one that students will often point to as formative as they become professional engineers.  The intensity of competition forces students to sharpen their communication and presentation skills. The most successful teams are those that can come together to work on one common goal even when things do not go as planned.

Funding will also be used to support research specifically addressing safety in Adaptive Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) allowing undergraduate students the opportunity to develop thesis projects in an area of high-demand and short-supply in the marketplace. Professor Sridhar Lakshmanan shares, “Denso’s funding will be used to purchase a very high bandwidth network analyzer. This equipment will be invaluable to students and faculty working on research projects and capstone design projects, especially in the area of vehicle communications.”  UM-Dearborn alumni who work on ADAS technology are spread across the automotive supply chain in permanent positions or internships, including at DENSO.

Support for the ADAS research and competition teams demonstrates DENSO’s continued support of the UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science.

 

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