Haque to Head CU-ICAR Graduate Automotive Engineering Center

February 3, 2009

CLEMSON, SC – February 3, 2009 – A Clemson University faculty member whose leadership was critical to creation of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) will serve as executive director of the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center on the CU-ICAR campus.

Imtiaz Haque will be responsible for building industrial partnerships and guiding a team of faculty members to advance the academic program of the 250-acre state-of-the-art automotive and motorsports research campus. The 90,000-square-foot Campbell center houses the teaching and research facilities for the university’s unique master’s and doctoral degree programs in automotive engineering.

Esin Gulari, dean of the College of Engineering and Science, said Haque’s experience, leadership and international reputation in mechanical and automotive engineering are invaluable to the future of CU-ICAR.

“We are very pleased that professor Haque has agreed to serve in this capacity,” said Gulari. “He totally embraces the mission and goals of CU-ICAR. His commitment to the program, his energy and his passion for educating the next generation of leaders in automotive engineering will serve Clemson and the profession well.”

Haque has been a member of the Clemson University mechanical engineering faculty since 1982 and served as department chairman for the past six-and-a-half years. During that tenure, he led the department in significant growth, including the addition of the master’s and doctoral degree programs in automotive engineering offered at the Campbell center.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity, Haque said. “As executive director of the Campbell center, I look forward to continuing to nurture the program to its fullest potential. We have an incredible team of faculty, staff and students at CU-ICAR led by four extremely talented endowed chairs; the best research facilities and equipment in the nation under one roof; committed industry partners; and burgeoning interest on the part of potential students and partners. We must take advantage of this unique set of opportunities to fulfill CU-ICAR’s goal of being the premier automotive and motorsports education and research program in the world.”

A longtime member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers, Haque recently received the designation of ASME Fellow in recognition of significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.