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Industry members attend CAR Industrial Consortium review, hosted by Altair

Nearly 50 industry members attended the semi-annual CAR Industrial Consortium review on August 13, 2014. Attendees included automotive original equipment manufacturers and automotive suppliers, as well as experts from Ohio State's Center for Automotive Research (CAR).

Each year the August review is hosted by a consortium member in the Detroit, Michigan area, where the majority of members are located. This year's meeting was graciously hosted by Altair at its world headquarters in Troy, Michigan. To begin the review, Altair's Tony Norton Executive Vice President, presented an overview of the company's vision.

Next, members were updated on the following on-going research projects: Thermo-Electrochemical Modeling of Li-ion Battery Cells (Prof. Marcello Canova); Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Batteries Life Estimation in PHEV Applications (Prof. Yann Guezennec); Model-Based Investigation of Lean Gasoline PM and NOx Control (Prof. Shawn Midlam-Mohler); and Light Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Characterization Study (James Durand).

Highlights of the meeting included the success stories. CAR researchers detailed one of the continued successes of the consortium: student researchers completing projects with industry prior to graduation. Consortium members overwhelmingly support this practice, consistently reporting that these students are very well prepared to begin careers in industry. As a result, members requested a new project to begin next year which will expand on this concept.

The meeting concluded with a members-only roundtable discussion. Communication regarding the next meeting will be sent to members. Non-members who would like more information regarding the consortium should contact David Emerling, emerling.4@osu.edu.

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About the CAR Industrial Consortium
The CAR Industrial Consortium has been in operation since 1999, and has seen the participation of 25 automotive OEMs and suppliers over the years, with an average membership of 10-12 companies. The mission of CAR's consortia is to provide industry and government with opportunities to participate in original, pre-competitive leveraged research in diverse areas. Benefits include: access to common pre-competitive research projects with leveraged sponsorship, interaction with other members on research projects in areas of mutual interest, opportunity to sponsor named graduate fellowships, significant leveraging of government–sponsored research programs, and educational opportunities for graduate students.