URC Performs More Than $300 Million in Automotive Research

on Dec 31, 2014 in January 2015 Articles | 0 comments

URC Performs More Than $300 Million in Automotive Research

(Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan Department of Engineering) The University Research Corridor commissioned an Anderson Economic Group study of the URC’s contributions to the automotive sector. The 2012 report found that URC universities educate more than 3,600 graduates annually who are ready for technical careers in the auto industry and performed research in auto-related areas that totaled more than $300 million over five years. Click hear to download the full report...

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Wayne State University Study Reveals Texting and Driving Hazards Worsen With Age

on Dec 30, 2014 in January 2015 Articles | 0 comments

Wayne State University Study Reveals Texting and Driving Hazards Worsen With Age

By: Tracy Walker A Wayne State University interdisciplinary research team in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has made a surprising discovery: older, more mature motorists — who typically are better drivers in many circumstances — are much worse than their younger counterparts when texting while driving. Currently published online and scheduled to be published in print in the January 2015 issue of Accident Analysis and Prevention, the study “The Effects of Texting on Driving Performance in a Driving Simulator: The...

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U-M Research Hones in on Safety Aboard Military Vehicles

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U-M Research Hones in on Safety Aboard Military Vehicles

(Photo Courtesy of the University of Michigan Engineering Department) By: Alex Piazza A U.S. Army vehicle with five soldiers aboard maneuvers along a barren stretch in southern Afghanistan. As the vehicle approaches a small village, a roadside bomb triggers underneath the military vehicle and sends it toppling over, severely injuring its occupants. The scenario is no anomaly, as U.S. Department of Defense records reveal that roadside bombs wounded more than 8,700 American troops in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012. Those figures don’t sit well...

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MSU Takes Major Step toward Improving Fuel Efficiency in Cars and Trucks

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MSU Takes Major Step toward Improving Fuel Efficiency in Cars and Trucks

By: Patricia Mroczek, Communicator, MSU College of Engineering A team led by Guoming “George” Zhu, MSU professor of mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, successfully completed the modeling, simulation, design and construction of a prototype spark ignition engine. The engine is capable of homogeneous charge compression ignition combustion that when combined with other fuel economy technologies, could achieve 54.5 miles per gallon in cars and trucks. The project is a major step toward improving fuel efficiency up to...

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