by David Clayton, executive director, Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)
In this age of electric vehicles and the coming promise of autonomous driving, these are the most exciting times for the automotive industry since the advent of the car itself. Rarely do you have the opportunity to change the way we move, and the innovators at CU-ICAR are leading the way. As industry evolves, so does our vision. Broadening to new areas — manufacturing, energy and computing to start — we continue to deliver breakthrough research and academic programs. We also feel driven to provide opportunities for our industry partners to grow and flourish as part of the land-grant mission of Clemson University.
The recent announcement of our new technology neighborhood in Greenville and its multitenant facility brings this commitment to the forefront. Opening in 2021, this building aims to fill a void in the community with high-quality flexible space for a range of businesses, from startups to established firms. Most importantly, partners on campus have access to the world-class researchers and facilities of CU-ICAR.
CU-ICAR was designed to create spaces where industry and academia interact. Expanding the scope of our offerings and the sectors we serve is critical to that vision. To be successful, our partnerships must serve both industry and create career opportunities for our students.
Despite the pandemic, this new neighborhood comes on the heels of an exemplary year for our students, faculty, staff and partners. From forays into new research areas and launching our 12th Deep Orange vehicle prototype, Clemson is fostering world-class talent for businesses in South Carolina and beyond.
To our existing partners, thank you for your continued commitment to collaborating with us on this important work. For new partners, we hope you will join us in shaping the future of mobility as we begin the second chapter of CU-ICAR.