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Deep Orange is a vehicle prototype program at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research for the pioneering education, research and industry collaboration within the graduate degree programs in automotive engineering. (Photo/Clemson University)

The South’s fast rise as a leader in the building of electric vehicles and the batteries to power them is helping drive Clemson University’s decision to form a new school that brings together its mechanical and automotive engineers, according to a news release from the school.

The new School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering puts the departments of mechanical engineering and automotive engineering under one umbrella, better positioning Clemson for innovation and education in a number of areas, including mobility, energy and advanced manufacturing, all cornerstones of the South Carolina economy, the news release stated.

The founding director of the new school is Zoran Filipi. He was chair of the Department of Automotive Engineering for nearly seven years before vacating his seat to become founding director of the Virtual Prototyping of Ground Systems (VIPR-GS) Center, a position he still holds, the release stated.

Filipi will be the top administrator in a strategically important school, with most mechanical engineers located primarily on the main campus in Clemson and most automotive engineers at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville, according to the release.

The school, first approved by the Board of Trustees in October 2021, is home to 66 faculty members and has the largest enrollment in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, with about 780 undergraduates and 400 graduate students.

mechanical and automotive engineering at Clemson are entering a new era.

“The School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering will continue to position Clemson University as a national leader in academics and research as well as strengthen key industry partnerships,” Clemson University President Jim Clements said in the release. “The workforce of the future is rapidly changing. Opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning and interdisciplinary research, along with faculty and industry’s need for

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VVDN strengthens its services portfolio with the addition of Automotive Engineering and Manufacturing Services for global markets

FREMONT, Calif., Jan. 12, 2023 /CNW/ — VVDN Technologies, a global provider of embedded product engineering, manufacturing and digital services and solutions company, announced that it will expand its portfolio by offering automotive engineering and manufacturing services to automotive OEMs, suppliers, fleet owners and start-ups globally.

In the domain of Automotive, VVDN comes with the capabilities in designing, developing and manufacturing automotive products from driver assistance solutions to digital cockpit solutions including Mirrorless Camera System, ADAS, Battery Management System (BMS), Infotainment Systems, Digital Instrument Clusters, Surround View System (SVS) and Telematics Control Unit (TCU). There is also deep focus on E-Mobility by supporting designs for residential as well as commercial EV chargers across various geographies.

With strong focus on R&D, VVDN offers hardware and software development, RF design, system testing and mechanical services. The company has already set up automotive R&D centers in Gurugram, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Kochi along with state-of-the-art test labs. On the manufacturing front, the company has invested heavily on PCBA, Proto Shop, Mechanical Mold and Tooling for Auto components, Injection Molding, Die Casting, Sheet Metal, etc.

VVDN’s digital team is also working on the cloud suite, a rich toolbox of cloud-enabled software to help automotive manufacturers adapt different applications such as telematics, E-Mobility etc. and help embrace digital technologies.

Vivek Bansal, President and Co-founder, VVDN Technologies: “We are very much looking forward to bringing our deep expertise in the automotive electronics which will augment VVDN’s services revenue. VVDN has been partnering with leading automotive manufacturers, tier I suppliers, by helping them design, develop and manufacture their next generation electronics. Not just the electronics but even software has revolutionized the automotive industry. We are excited to offer endtoend value in the application development such as telematics, E-Mobility etc.

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