Friday, July 25 2014 2:48 AM EDT2014-07-25 06:48:09 GMT
Prominent HIV/AIDS researchers were among the 298 victims identified aboard flight MH17. To honor their legacy, the Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation is hosting a candlelight vigil. We spokeMore >>
The Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation to host candlelight vigil to honor top HIV/AIDS researchers killed in Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 18th, 2014. More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:41:41 GMT
Montgomery police say two people were injured when the vehicle they were traveling in hit a tree Thursday night. Sgt. Denise Barnes with the Montgomery Police Department says the single-vehicle crashMore >>
Montgomery police say two people were injured when the vehicle they were traveling in hit a tree Thursday night.More >>
The auto manufacturing industry continues to boom in the Southeast, especially in East Alabama where companies are relocating and expanding.
Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is working with educational and industry partners to establish a research center focused on advanced vehicle manufacturing.
Tom Devall, Director of Automotive Manufacturer Initiatives at AU, explains, "Since 2010, since we've had the downturn in the automotive market, these manufactures are quite constrained on resources. So many of these issues they just don't have the time to get to, we can work on and solve problems for them."
The core research would include manufacturing systems analysis, line production, safety and ergonomics, and advanced manufacturing processes.
The program has received letters of support from more than 40 automotive and industry-related companies, such as KIA, Hyundai, Honda and Mercedes.
"We can add value, great value in many cases. Sometimes the cost membership in the consortium can bring easily a ten-fold return year after year. We can look at their operations and opportunities for employment," explains Devall.
A committee of Auburn engineering faculty is working with colleagues from Tennessee Tech University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville to develop the center. They are also talking with other Southern research institutions and transportation-related companies as possible participants.
"We are currently approved for a grant from the National Science Foundation. If they join that consortium we want to offer them a menu of capabilities that wouldn't be restricted to a certain university," explains Devall, "So the idea is, join the consortium, look at the capabilities in relation to research across a wide range of universities and ensure we can help you solve your problem."