CLEMSON, SC – October 27, 2008 A $30,000 gift from Stäubli Corp. will provide graduate fellowships for students in the automotive-engineering program at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.
The money will provide a fellowship for one graduate student every year. Distinguished students will be selected by a committee with input from Stäubli.
“Companies supporting the fellowship program will be supporting a unique student population composed of top-notch engineering talents from different parts of the world,” said Mohammed Omar, coordinator of the automotive-engineering graduate program. “This generation of students is being trained on the state-of-the-art technologies, facilities and acquiring unique technical skills along with business and cultural training.”
There are 55 students — 35 master’s students and 20 Ph.D. students — enrolled in Clemson’s automotive-engineering program, which started in 2006. The students have graduated from 17 different universities from 10 different countries. Students can pursue specialties in four areas: vehicular electronics, automotive-manufacturing systems, power trains and alternative engines and vehicle performance and development
The program also requires six months in an industrial and international internship and proficiency in a foreign language, as well as courses in business administration and policy-making.
“The international internship is built into the program to provide the students with the platform to practice their foreign language and experience cross-cultural training. This requirement enables the student to function effectively and successfully in a global environment within an international company,” Omar said.
Students have held internships at companies such as BMW, Goodyear, Magna, Lang Mekra, Okuma and Dale Earnhardt Inc.
“Stäubli Corporation has always focused its strategy and efforts on developing the most innovative and advanced products in the world, said Stäubli CEO Yves Stäubli. Our sponsorship of the CU-ICAR program represents the ongoing commitment of Stäubli to help set new benchmark standards in the consumer and high-performance automotive industries. This dedication will help to ensure the current success and future development of the next generation of automotive technologies which will benefit all humanity.
Stäubli is a mechatronics-solution provider with three dedicated divisions: textile machinery, connectors and robotics. With a workforce of 3,000, Stäubli has a presence in 24 countries and agents in 50 countries around the world with its North American headquarters in Duncan.
Visit http://www.staubli.com for more information on the company and its products.