Professor Liao invited to instruct at SAE's International Engineering Academy

Gene Liao, professor of engineering technology and director of the Electric Transportation Technology Program has been invited by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International and its Engineering Academy chief instructor to teach a professional development course. Liao’s course is titled “Battery Management Systems" and will be offered through SAE’s Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Engineering Academy. His first course was held at the SAE Automotive Headquarters in Troy, MI December 1 - 5, 2014 and will continue to be offered twice per year in May and December.

This is Liao’s first year teaching at the SAE Academy, but far from his first time being involved with professional development. He worked as a practicing engineer for over fifteen years with General Motors and Ford Motor Company, served as the PI and co-PI for several federal and state funded projects in electric-drive vehicle and advanced energy storage systems, and has developed and offered several professional development programs in vehicle electrification and advanced energy storage for industry. Additionally, Liao is an expert and pioneer in HEV/EV and advanced energy storage systems (AESS) at Wayne State University. Prior to SAE he was invited to teach and provide training for Ford, Chrysler, Bosch, Roush, LG, and BAE. At his time teaching at Ford alone, over 1000 engineers took his short course.

For this course Liao explains that he has drawn material from several courses he teaches at WSU, like ETT 4150 (Fundamentals of hybrid and electric vehicles), ETT4310 (Energy storage systems for hybrid and electric vehicles). He states, “I very much look forward to the opportunity to represent Wayne State University at this international academy.”

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