Wayne State and AVL partner to provide engineering students with suite of advanced mobility simulation software

depiction of vehicle simulation software

AVL, the world’s largest independent company for development, simulation and testing in the automotive industry, announced it is expanding its University Partnership Program with Wayne State University to empower the next generation of engineers. As part of the expansion, multiple departments in Wayne State’s College of Engineering will receive access to AVL’s full portfolio of cutting-edge simulation software toolchains.

In partnership with Wayne State, AVL will provide 30 licenses for each of the 10+ tools in the AVL software suite, including AVL CRUISE™ M, AVL EXCITE™, AVL FIRE™ M, AVL VSM™ and Model.CONNECT™.

"As part of our strategy to close the skills gap, we want our students to have access to the latest technologies that industry leaders are using to foster innovation and grow their businesses,” said Farshad Fotouhi, dean of the College of Engineering and professor of computer science. “This partnership with AVL allows us to integrate these technologies into our curriculum and provide even greater learning experiences with real‐world applications."

In 2017, the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Wayne State entered the University Partnership Program and more departments became interested.  The program has since expanded to the Engineering Technology Division and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science.

Gene Liao, professor of engineering technology and director of the electric-drive vehicle engineering graduate program, said that his students will use these tools in course homework assignments, term projects and directed study for modeling and simulation, particularly in EVE 5110: Fundamentals of Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering.

The software tools offered reflect AVL’s unique experience in the areas of battery, fuel cells, thermal management and controls development and have successfully proven to cover major aspects of the new mobility technologies.

“We are excited to help the next-generation of engineers gain experience with the tools and technologies used across the mobility industry today,” commented Waldemar Linares, manager of advanced simulation technologies at AVL.


About AVL

Drawing on its pioneering spirit, AVL provides concepts, solutions and methodologies to shape future mobility trends. AVL creates innovative and affordable technologies to effectively reduce CO2 by applying a multi-energy carrier strategy for all applications – from hybrid to battery electric and fuel cell technologies. The company supports customers throughout the entire development process from the ideation phase to serial production. To accelerate the vision of smart and connected mobility AVL has established competencies in the fields of ADAS, autonomous driving and digitalization. Together with an international network of experts that extends over 26 countries and with 45 tech and engineering centers worldwide, AVL drives sustainable mobility trends for a greener future. In 2020, the company generated a turnover of 1.7 billion Euros, of which 12% are invested in R&D activities.

AVL North America is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, and has additional locations in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Lake Forest, California. Visit www.avl.com for more.


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