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Clemson University Taking Part in the Most Influential Tech Event in the World

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Clemson University Taking Part in the Most Influential Tech Event in the World

The sustainable-by-design prototype vehicle features circular economy concepts, novel uses for advanced materials, enhanced recyclability and low-impact operation.

The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) will represent the Palmetto State at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), widely considered the world’s largest electronics showcase with more than 110,000 global visitors expected , in Las Vegas from January 5 to January 8, 2023. This year marks the first time a Clemson University team will receive global exposure on the global stage at CES.

While in Las Vegas, Clemson students, faculty and staff will present a prototype born out of a two-year graduate program offered through CU-ICAR that asks students to create a vehicle from the ground up that addresses the challenges current and future in the automotive industry. The project is part of Clemson’s long-running flagship Deep Orange prototype vehicle program, which uses a project-based learning approach to provide students with unparalleled real-world systems integration experience.

The iteration on display at this year’s CES, designed entirely by Clemson students, is a sustainable design prototype that demonstrates circular economy concepts from vehicle creation to disposal, including novel uses for sustainable materials and materials. advanced, improved recyclability and low -Impact operation.

Throughout the entirety of the Deep Orange program, students combined market data with guidance from world-renowned researchers, qualified personnel, and world leaders such as ExxonMobil Chemical and Honda to build and validate their design. Throughout the project, industry partners guide students on engineering practices and issues related to developing and integrating technological innovations throughout the educational experience.

The 31-member student team, who have since graduated and gone on to numerous global mobility companies, will reconvene in Las Vegas and be on hand to introduce the vehicle to industry leaders from around the world.

Meet Two Deep Orange 11 Students

Headshot of Deep Orange 11 student Aditya Bhagat wearing a black short-sleeved polo shirt.

aditya bhagat
Battery Systems Engineer for Nikola Corporation
Orange County, California

Undergraduate Institution and Degree: Vellore Institute of Technology, BSc, Mechanical Engineering

Deep Orange 11 Title: chief vehicle engineer

What makes automotive engineering at Clemson unique?
I think the most unique thing about Clemson is the way the curriculum is set up to ensure students get hands-on project experience, along with theoretical knowledge. This helps us understand and address the challenges associated with applying theory, which is a crucial skill needed in the industry. Being exposed to industry leaders from Honda and ExxonMobil during the Deep Orange project was extremely valuable as we received guidance and mentorship directly from leading engineering experts in the field. The necessary fast-paced deliverables prepared us for the start-up culture. Since we had limited experience developing a car, let alone a self-driving electric car, the guidance of the engineers helped us overcome the challenges. When we got into the groove, getting his approval and validation gave us the confidence that we are headed in the right direction.

Turned Piyush
Battery Systems Engineer, Nikola Corporation
Orange County, California

Undergraduate Institution and Degree: Bachelor’s Degree, Mechanical Engineering
Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai

Bright orange title: assistant vehicle engineer

What part of the Clemson experience do you appreciate most today?
The experience, maturity, and “beyond the classroom” skills and knowledge we learned through the Deep Orange process still help to this day. I think the Deep Orange program gave us newcomers to the auto industry a huge head start in our professional careers.

He has described how Clemson helped prepare him for his current job. Where do you hope it will take you in the future?
Being a systems engineer in the automotive industry demands a holistic view of the project you’re working on, and the Deep Orange program provided just that. Although working in the battery industry has provided me with many opportunities to build on my knowledge base and experience that I learned from Deep Orange, I believe that the ability and leadership skills learned in the DO program will help me advance regardless of the specific subsystem. in which I will work.

Headshot of Deep Orange 11 Ph.D.  alumnus Piyush Girade in a black short-sleeved CU-ICAR polo shirt

About the International Center for Automotive Research at Clemson University

He Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is a 250-acre state-of-the-art research campus where university, industry and government organizations collaborate. CU-ICAR offers master’s and doctoral programs. programs in automotive engineering and is conducting cutting-edge applied research in critical areas such as advanced product development strategies, sustainable mobility, intelligent manufacturing systems, and advanced materials. CU-ICAR has laboratories and industrial-scale testing equipment in world-class facilities.

About Deep Orange

deep orange is a flagship rapid vehicle prototyping program within Clemson University’s two-year master’s degree that focuses on systems integration in automotive engineering. The program provides students with experience in market analysis, target customer profiles, vehicle design, prototyping, and manufacturing, while balancing cost and design goals on an aggressive timeline. The innovative vehicle prototype program encourages students to push the limits of conventional design and engineering.

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