An interdisciplinary program for education and outreach in hybrid & electric drive vehicle engineering at Michigan Technological University

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Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics; Department of Materials Science and Engineering


The automotive industry is in a transformation towards powertrain electrification, requiring automotive engineers to develop and integrate technologies from multiple disciplines. Michigan Technological University is rolling out a new program in interdisciplinary master of engineering degree and graduate and undergraduate certificates in Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Engineering. Distinctively we are focusing our education program at the vehicle level and the interconnection to the electric grid. The vehicle level aspects of the program include vehicle requirements, integration of propulsion technologies, safety, diagnostics, control and calibration. Michigan Tech and our industrial partners see these as critical limiting factors in the development and production of advanced electric transportation systems. Additionally, the effort leverages the existing distance learning program in electric power. The result are an interdisciplinary program that meets the needs of the transportation and power industries and provides students with a unique skill set that will accelerate the Introduction. © 2011 IEEE.

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2011 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, VPPC 2011