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DATE: June 10, 2002

DaimlerChrysler executive Roger Shulze named director of UM-Dearborn's
Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems


DEARBORN---Roger Shulze, who has held numerous executive positions at Chrysler and Daimler Chrysler, has been named director of the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems at the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Most recently, Shulze was senior specialist and leader of DaimlerChrysler's aero/thermal center of competence, where he was responsible for developing test, development and evaluation processes for cooling systems, climate control, aerodynamics and thermal dynamics for Chrysler cars and trucks.


Previously he was the quality manager, manufacturing manager and a production manager at Chrysler's Mound Road engine plant, and held several other management positions since joining Chrysler in 1985.

Shulze earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University in 1982, after earning a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master's degree from Ohio State University. He also earned a master's degree in business administration from Michigan State University.

"Roger Shulze comes to us with rich and varied experiences from industry that will help us create a systems perspective in this program," according to Subrata M. Sengupta, dean of the UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science. "He will be able to bring faculty and students together in a work environment that simulates the environment they encounter in the real world of industry."

The Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems was founded at UM-Dearborn in 1998 "to accelerate applied research for vehicle systems, emphasizing body and chassis products and manufacturing techniques and integration with powertrain and driveline systems, and to enrich and broaden the engineering curriculum by focusing on synthesis and integration of emerging technologies in vehicle systems."

The institute conducts research projects with industry and government federal support and also helps develop curriculum for both degree-seeking and continuing education students. Other goals include accelerating information and technology transfer between the university and industry.

"I am one of the newest members of the staff here on campus but probably the most excited," Shulze said. "I've been meeting with students, faculty and staff members as well as outside supporters of the program, and I'm very enthusiastic about the work we are doing here at UM-Dearborn."

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