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ExxonMobil sponsors Clemson’s next-gen sustainable concept vehicle


By David Schwartz
Published: December 11th, 2018

ExxonMobil is sponsoring a group of graduate automotive engineering students in the university’s flagship Deep Orange program who are seeking to develop a next-generation sustainable concept vehicle.

The goal of the project is to develop an ultra-efficient, lightweight, highly durable mobility solution that has sustainability as a prime consideration throughout the entire product lifecycle, from manufacture to operation. Students will gain hands-on experience working with ExxonMobil and skilled engineers throughout the design and development process.

“Automakers, parts manufacturers, tire companies and other auto-related businesses around the world rely on ExxonMobil to deliver advanced materials that help enhance and modernize automotive design,” said Stuart Milne, venture manager for sustainable mobility with ExxonMobil Chemical Company. “We’ve developed lighter-weight vehicle plastics, liners that keep tires inflated longer, tire tread additives to reduce roll resistance, and advanced fuels and lubricants that improve engine performance. We’re excited to work closely with the future leaders of sustainable mobility at Clemson as part of an effort to further drive automotive innovation.”

Based at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), Deep Orange is a project-based learning program focused on systems integration. The program immerses automotive engineers into the world of vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. Over two years, students obtain experience in financial and market analysis, vehicle design, development, prototyping and production planning.

“Our program offers students the opportunity to work alongside industry experts and the prospect to bring their ideas concerning sustainable mobility into reality,” said Srikanth Pilla, Jenkins Endowed Professor of Automotive Engineering at Clemson University and director of the Clemson Composites Center. “The hands-on experience gained through the Deep Orange program will ease their transition into the workforce upon graduation.”

Source:  The Newsstand

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