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World’s experts on electric/hybrid cars coming to February ICAR conference

The relationship between Clemson University’s automotive engineering department and India’s PSG College of Technology began after Ratan Tata, father figure of India’s Tata business empire, visited the International Center for Automotive Research in February 2015.

September 1, 2017

by Rudolph Bell

The relationship between Clemson University’s automotive engineering department and India’s PSG College of Technology continues to grow.

In their latest collaboration, they plan to bring the second International Conference on Automobile Engineering to Greenville in February after holding it for the first time in India in January.

According to Clemson, the 2018 conference is expected to bring some of the world’s foremost experts in hybrid and electric vehicles to the International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville, home of Clemson’s graduate program in automotive engineering.

The conference is scheduled for Feb. 27, one day before the start of the S.C. Automotive Summit, an annual, three-day gathering of the industry in Greenville.

The relationship between Clemson’s automotive engineering department and PSG, an engineering school in the state of Tamil Nadu, began after Ratan Tata, father figure of India’s Tata business empire, visited ICAR in February 2015.

During the same visit, Tata, former chairman of Tata Sons, also appeared at the S.C. Automotive Summit at the downtown Greenville Hyatt and received an honorary doctorate from Clemson.

A year and a half later, Clemson announced that Tata Trusts, a collection of trusts affiliated with the Tata companies, would fund scholarships for five PSG students from India to study automotive engineering at Clemson. The number of scholarships has since risen to nine.

In another collaboration, a Clemson automotive engineering professor, Simona Onori, is helping PSG create a lab for studying hybrid and electric vehicle technology that’s similar to one she established at ICAR.

Among the companies in the Tata conglomerate is the British maker of Jaguar and Land Rover cars.

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