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DATE: August 24, 2005
UM-Dearborn receives gift from DENSO North America Foundation to support new engineering laboratory
DEARBORN---The University of Michigan-Dearborn's College
of Engineering and Computer Science will receive $250,000 over five
years from the DENSO North America
Foundation to support the development of a new laboratory dedicated
to teaching and research in vehicle climate control.
The new laboratory will be called the DENSO Climate Control Education
and Research Laboratory.
"Currently, both instruction and research are performed on campus,
but a dedicated climate control laboratory will significantly enhance
the mechanical engineering
program at UM-Dearborn and better prepare our students in the automotive
industry," according to Subrata Sengupta, dean of the College of
Engineering and Computer Science. "This support will allow us to
purchase equipment that we currently do not have and very much need to
continue to provide an enriched learning experience and to make a significant
impact throughout the curriculum for decades to come."
The equipment--a wind tunnel to conduct heat exchanger research and for
instruction in fluid mechanics, and an infrared camera to conduct a variety
of thermal-fluid research in heating/cooling systems, air flow distribution,
and thermal comfort and to help instruction in thermal-fluids--is commonly
used in industry and is needed at UM-Dearborn for significant learning
and research in the lab, Sengupta said.
"DENSO holds the number one global market share for car air conditioners,
employing more than 8,000 engineers worldwide," said Doug Patton,
senior vice president of engineering at DENSO
International America. "So we're especially interested in supporting
engineering education. As our company grows, we're going to need more
and more well-trained engineers."
In addition to purchasing equipment, the grant also will provide support
for facility modification and student support to install the equipment.
DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global supplier of advanced automotive technology, systems and components. Its customers include all the world's major carmakers. Worldwide, the company employs 104,000 people in 31 countries and regions, including Japan. For more information, go to www.globaldenso.com. In the Americas, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people at 33 companies. In Michigan, DENSO Group companies employ more than 4,500 people. For more information, go to www.densocorp-na.com.
UM-Dearborn's engineering program was recently ranked among the top public schools in the country without doctoral programs by U.S. News. Nearly 1,500 undergraduate students are currently enrolled in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, pursuing degrees in computer and information science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and mechanical engineering. The school also offers master's degree programs, which currently enroll nearly 1,000 students.
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