BMW, and South Carolina Unite for Economic Development
BMW Manufacturing Corporation, and the Governor's Office announced
a partnership to build an automotive engineering graduate education
center in Upstate South Carolina in order to meet the academic and
research needs of BMW, its suppliers and the state's growing automotive
BMW has pledged
$10 million to endow the academic programs, and the state will provide
$25 million to construct and equip a state-of-the-art facility to
house the graduate center. The BMW gift is the largest cash donation
in Clemson history.
James F. Barker,
president of Clemson University, called the premier automotive engineering
center a major step in Clemson's quest to be a top 20 public university
and in South Carolina's drive to build a knowledge-based economy.
The graduate center, which will be built in Greenville, SC, will
feature state-of-the-art facilities for automotive research and
development and graduate engineering programs in mass customization.
The program will offer masters and doctoral degrees in automotive
developed an academic strategic plan that calls for the university
to build nationally recognized programs in eight emphasis areas,
one of which is automotive and transportation technology.
The new graduate
program will build on existing strengths. Researchers have collaborated
with some of the world's top automotive companies and federal agencies,
as well as leaders in the motorsports industry.
Begun in the
early 1990s, Clemson's motorsports initiative was the first of its
kind in the nation. Today, the motorsports engineering program is
the most visible arm of Clemson's Brooks Institute for Sports Science,
which combines the interdisciplinary studies of sports engineering,
management, marketing and communications.