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Hyundai, UC Davis sign partnership

The Hyundai Motor Group, South Korea’s biggest automaker, is to establish Centers of Excellence at the University of California, Davis and UC Berkeley. Hyundai and university officials signed a memorandum of understanding Friday, Aug. 31 at a ceremony at the Claremont hotel in Berkeley.

UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Hyundai sign agreement

Left to right: Michael Katz, Director, IP & Industry Research Alliances, UC Berkeley; Dean Shankar Sastry, UC Berkeley College of Engineering; Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman, Hyundai Motor Group; Dean Enrique J. Lavernia, UC Davis College of Engineering; Greg Gibbs, Director of Corporate Relations, College of Engineering, UC Davis. Photo by Scott Chernis.

The centers are part of Hyundai’s new R&D Global Frontier program, intended to strengthen the company’s research and development through partnerships with leading universities and industry.

“The center we are establishing between Hyundai Motor Company and UC Davis is an outstanding model for industry-university partnership,” said Enrique J. Lavernia, Dean of the College of Engineering. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our campus to further develop our research leadership in the transportation field, as demonstrated by the achievements of our notable faculty.”

The UC Davis center, to be called the Hyundai Center of Excellence in Vehicle Dynamic Systems and Control, will be led initially by Professors emeritus Don Margolis and Dean Karnopp, both of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

“Collaboration with the world’s top-tier partners will accelerate our technology development to go beyond the level of global premium carmakers,” said Vice Chairman Woong Chul Yang, head of Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Division. “Based on such advanced technologies, we will develop world-class vehicles that convey Hyundai’s own philosophy as well as its distinctive emotions.”

The center will enable joint research projects and teaching opportunities between UC Davis faculty and Hyundai engineers.

As part of the agreement, a kickoff seminar to discuss possible collaborative research and an academic training program will be held this September.

More information: Hyundai news release

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