Department of Energy

Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Initiative Awards

September 8, 2011

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DOE’s Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) initiative will award $6.4 million over the course of five years to support seven Centers of Excellence at American colleges, universities, and university-affiliated research institutions. The awardees will focus on three critical automotive technology areas: hybrid propulsion, energy storage, and lightweight materials. By funding curriculum development and expansion as well as laboratory work, GATE allows higher education institutions to develop multidisciplinary training. As a result, GATE promotes the development of a skilled workforce of engineering professionals who will overcome technical barriers and help commercialize the next generation of advanced automotive technologies.


Applicant Location DOE Award Description
The Ohio State University Columbus, OH $907,026 This project will help prepare a new generation of engineers to lead system integration projects in the following areas related to energy-efficient vehicles: efficient energy conversion, advanced energy storage, lightweight body and chassis systems, and vehicle systems control, including vehicle-grid and vehicle-infrastructure connectivity.
Regents University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI $999,981 This project will establish a GATE Center for Electric Drive Transportation at the University of Michigan - Dearborn (UMD). The center will build upon UMD's existing PhD and Master’s (MS) Degree programs in Automotive Systems Engineering (ASE), as well as faculty expertise and research achievements in the area of electric drive vehicles, including battery electric vehicles, extended-range electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Regents University of CO, CO Springs Colorado Springs, CO $954,238 This project will create the Innovative Drivetrains in Electric Automotive Technology Education (IDEATE) project, a partnership between The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) and the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU-Boulder) that will focus on graduate education in electric drivetrain vehicles. UCCS will develop two new courses on battery modeling for controls and on algorithm development for high-capacity battery pack controls. CU-Boulder will develop a new course in power electronics for electric drive vehicles, and will refresh an existing course to focus on design of adjustable speed alternating current (AC) drives. These four graduate courses will form a new graduate certificate in electric drivetrain technology.
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN $1,000,000 This project will allow Purdue University’s Hoosier Heavy Hybrid Center of Excellence to comprehensively train, educate, and equip the next generation of research scientists and engineers to address technical challenges and respond to opportunities unique to medium and heavy-duty hybrid vehicles. The project goal is to achieve a 50% reduction in commercial vehicle fuel use, resulting in fuel savings of about 6,000 gallons/year per commercial vehicle. To achieve this objective, the Center will provide eight Research Fellowships and industry-supported research projects.
Clemson University Clemson, SC $1,000,000 This project will allow Clemson University to establish a GATE Center of Excellence in Sustainable Vehicle Systems that will train the highly skilled engineering workforce of the future to understand and address challenges in advanced vehicle design and development, including life‐cycle impact of vehicles, energy use and emissions, reliability, manufacturing, cost‐of‐ownership, customer preference and public policy.
Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA $944,591 This project will allow Penn State University’s GATE program to coordinate laboratory and training resources among several research units including the Larson Institute, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, and the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. The GATE Program Faculty will develop industry relationships and support through individual energy storage centers and the Hybrid and Hydrogen Vehicle Research Laboratory.
University of Alabama, Birmingham Birmingham, AL $600,000 This project will allow the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Engineering to expand its GATE Center of Excellence in Lightweight Materials and Manufacturing Technologies. The UAB GATE center will be a multi-disciplinary entity representing ten GATE faculty members specializing in Materials, Mechanical, Biomedical and Civil Engineering.