Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Clemson University to Establish Automotive Research Center

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Clemson University to Establish Automotive Research Center

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CLEMSON, S.C.

Clemson University has announced plans to develop a 400-acre automotive research campus to make South Carolina a hub of the nation's automotive and motor-sports industry. The project already has generated $90 million in state and private support, including commitments from BMW and IBM.

Set to open in 2005, the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research will be the home of a new graduate engineering education center, research and testing facilities, and private industry research and development operations, supporting the region's growing automotive industry cluster.

BMW Manufacturing of South Carolina will be the first non-academic tenant on the campus, planning to occupy an Information Technology Research Center to be built adjacent to Clemson's graduate school. The 84,000-square-foot center will support research on improving automotive software systems and software/hardware compatibility for BMW products.

"We believe Clemson University can become a leader in the automotive systems engineering field, helping BMW stay in the forefront and maintain its high standards of performance and reliability," says Dr. …

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