The DOE has awarded Clemson a $1 million grant to fund the research of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Clemson University has been awarded a $1 million federal grant from the United States Department of Energy to fund the school's burgeoning International Center for Automotive Research.

Founded five-years ago, the center now has 135 students enrolled in Ph.D. and master's degree programs. The engineering program mainly focuses on systems integration for hybrid and electric vehicles.

"The intent of these grants is to be sure that we can create the skilled work force to handle the technology coming down the pike in low-environmental impact vehicles," said Imtiaz Haque, chairman of Clemson's automotive engineering department. "Our focus here is on the integration of systems. The biggest challenge in the field right now is improving the way we put the systems together and make them all work together."

Similar grants have recently been awarded to the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, the University of Colorado and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.


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