Innovations in collaboration in the design of a low mass vehicle
by Roger Shulze, Subrata Sengupta
International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise (IJCENT), Vol. 1, No. 1, 2009

Abstract: The Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems at the University of Michigan-Dearborn conducts research on advanced vehicle systems. Its driving project was the design a low mass vehicle (LMV) 30% lighter than the Toyota Echo. Over 35 individual projects were conducted. Technical results and break-through technologies are summarised. The LMV project involved innovative collaboration among faculty researchers, students from three institutions and industry partners. One innovation was researchers working on a common driving project, assuring that individual projects complement each other. Another was utilising the experience and expertise of industry partners. A third was the automotive design studio, teaming engineering and design students with industry professionals to gain hands-on experience in automotive design. One outcome of LMV research was students gaining what the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology calls 'professional skills' – abilities to communicate effectively and be effective team players. Partner companies say they value graduates with these skills.

Online publication date: Thu, 11-Jun-2009

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