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Upstate South Carolina once again drew the attention of the automotive and technology industries this week with news that the Greenville county-based International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) will become one of the first host sites for new wireless charging test beds for electric vehicles.

Part of a major R&D collaborative reviewed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the wireless test bed was developed by Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) through partnerships with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ITIC, Toyota, Cisco, Duke Energy and Evatran.

“Preparing for the future infrastructure requirements for electric vehicles is important to Duke Energy, therefore we are pleased to collaborate with Clemson University ICAR and their partners in the establishment of a wireless charging test site at the ITIC,” said Mike Rowand, director of technology development at Duke Energy, in an ITIC press release.

In short, the test bed will allow researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of wirelessly charging electric vehicles through embedded charging stations found on the surfaces the vehicles pass over.


(An electric Toyota Scion prepares for charging by rolling over a wireless power transfer system at the International Transportation Innovation Center.)

Per ITIC:

“The ITIC wireless charging test bed can support both stationary as well as in-motion wireless charging. Although the first development stage of in-motion wireless charging will be performed at lower speeds (under 35 mph), a built-out option already has been identified on a mile-long straightaway road segment to test dynamic wireless charging at higher speeds. The ITIC test bed has been prepared to also support higher power levels of up to 250 kilowatts.”

This is yet another example of the unique benefits ITIC offers for the automotive industry, including those located in Upstate South Carolina. The nearly 600-acre research-based testing facility was created as collaboration between a number of automotive leaders and partners, including the South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center (SCTAC), the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and CU-ICAR. It serves solely to provide a unique automotive testing and research environment that supports the development of sustainable transportation and networked vehicle systems. 

For more information on automotive research and innovation in Upstate South Carolina, visit http://upstatescalliance.com/target-audiences/automotive/research-innovation.

Site consultants are a valuable resource for companies looking to establish or expand operations. These individuals and firms are experts in assessing the attributes of cities, counties and states, taking into account what a region may offer when it comes to workforce development, tax incentives, available real estate, supply chains, infrastructure, quality of life and more. With an almost overwhelming amount of information to evaluate when making these important decisions, companies rely heavily on site consultants to identify the best potential site locations to help them achieve their business goals.

Much like companies rely on site consultants for information, the consultants themselves work closely with local developers, including those here in the Upstate, to ensure they are well versed on what a region has to offer.

Upstate SC Alliance, along with the local developers, has always maintained a strong working relationship with site consultants. These relationships are a major reason that site consultants understand the unique advantages of the Upstate and the state of South Carolina. And thanks to these efforts, site consultants have collectively agreed that South Carolina ranks as one of the nation’s top three states for doing business. The Palmetto State ranked third overall in Area Development Magazine’s 2015 Top States for Doing Business, an annual business ranking based on the results of a survey of consultants.

The survey asked site consultants to rank their top states based on 21 different factors across three main categories—business environment, labor climate, and infrastructure and global access. South Carolina ranked in the top five in over half of the 21 categories, including taking the top spot in Overall Cost of Doing Business, Incentive Programs, Cooperative State Government and Speed of Permitting.

Upstate SC Alliance is committed to the continued success of managing the relationships it has with site consultants. Earlier this month, a select group of prominent site selection consultants from across the U.S. visited the Upstate to learn more about what the region has to offer.

 

Investors joined the Upstate SC Alliance as we welcomed our guest site consultants.

Posted by Upstate SC Alliance on Thursday, October 8, 2015

The three-day event featured a number of site tours conducted by representatives from local city and county representatives. The visiting site consultants also took part in a panel at the South Carolina Economic Developers Association (SCEDA) meeting, discussing issues that included South Carolina’s competitiveness and initiatives on building an available and trained workforce.

“It is important for the Upstate SC Alliance, along with our local developers and investors, to build strong relationships with these consultants,” says John Lummus, president and CEO of Upstate SC Alliance. “In doing so, the consultants are well versed on what we have to offer and will hopefully choose the Upstate as a home for their next project.”

Site consultants interested in learning more about Upstate South Carolina can contact Aimee Redick, director of global engagement at Upstate SC Alliance, at aredick@upstatealliance.com.

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Trends in Corporate Site Selection: A Q&A with GLS Senior Principal, Didi Caldwell

According to the CBRE’s recent reports for Q1 2015, the Greenville-Spartanburg market has almost five million square feet of industrial space under construction—the highest level of development in the area over the past 15 years.

The CBRE report shows that the Greenville-Spartanburg area has seen over one million square feet of construction each year since 2005 and CBRE expects that three million square feet of space will be completed by the end of 2015.

CBRE sites a significantly high level of speculative construction as the reason for the boom, with developers rising to meet the increasing demand for new industrial space in the Upstate. Earlier this year, we spoke with Didi Caldwell, senior principal at site selection firm Global Location Strategies, who elaborated on the need to create more industrial sites:

“One of the biggest things is developing more shovel-ready sites … Many heavy manufacturing projects require sites that are 100 acres plus, with access to rail, good quality water and waste water treatment capabilities, reliable power and an abundance of natural gas. Many of the areas in the counties in Upstate South Carolina are blessed with these things, but we do need to work on acquiring and characterizing sites and insuring they are shovel ready.”

Among the largest construction properties include BMW’s 675,000 square-foot expansion in Greer, S.C. and a 1,000,000 square-foot expansion by First Quality Tissue in Anderson, S.C.

For more information on the CBRE report, visit: https://researchgateway.cbre.com/Layouts/PublicReportAccess/Default.aspx?PUBID=af418dec-9b18-4811-8f0f-e22cb5a9e7ed

The national economy has continued to experience steady growth and with more companies electing to do business in the U.S., there is a growing need for highly skilled labor to meet the demand for American-made goods. In fact, recent executive surveys by Area Development magazine have shown that the availability of skilled labor has become the No. 1 factor in site selection.

The state of South Carolina ranks atop many lists as one of the best in the nation when it comes to filling that need thanks to training programs like readySC and Apprenticeship Carolina, and here in Upstate South Carolina, our pipeline of 30+ institutions of higher learning helps produce a high concentration of architectural and engineering talent, mechatronic specialists, team assemblers and metal workers, and machinists and fabricators.

While the region continues to prosper from our reputation for producing highly-skilled labor, industry leaders in Upstate South Carolina understand the critical need to foster the growth of the next generation workforce. The foundation for tomorrow’s workforce starts with the advancement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, which prepares students for the modern workplaces of the present and future.

To help students understand how STEM-related skills can be applied in a number of exciting ways, a collective group of Upstate South Carolina leaders have created an innovative way to showcase the world of STEM. iMAGINE Upstate is a weeklong series of crowd-sourced programs and signature events designed to promote cultural and economic development with a celebration and showcase of STEM, innovation and entrepreneurial activity in Upstate South Carolina. The program will kick off on March 28th, 2015 with the CU-ICAR 2nd Annual Millennium Drive Car & Cruise and will capstone with a family-friendly festival in downtown Greenville on Saturday, April 4th, 2015.

iMAGINE Upstate was created to generate ‘Aha’ moments that will inspire students in South Carolina,” said Ryan Heafy, Executive Director of iMAGINE Upstate. “With over half of the STEM-related workforce reaching retirement in the next five to ten years, it is critical that we have skilled employees ready to fill the demand.”
 

(S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley talks about iMAGINE Upstate's innovative approach to ‎education through STEM and entrepreneurship in South Carolina.)

 

Together with partners such as Duke Energy, Michelin, Bosch, Greenville Technical College, BMW, Tri-County Technical College and more, iMAGINE Upstate will work to educate students, families and young professionals about the opportunities available in STEM-related work fields and drive sustainable change in our educational system by igniting an interest in STEM programs outside of the classroom. 

“Every dollar we contribute to education is an investment in the future of the Upstate,” said Clark Gillespy, president for South Carolina for Duke Energy, the largest electrical power holding company in the United States. “Supporting effective education programs and initiatives that emphasize STEM is a critical focus for Duke Energy. We are proud to be part of this exciting venture with iMAGINE Upstate and look forward to seeing firsthand students get excited about energy, math and science. Programs like this lay the foundation for our future leaders in these fields.”

“As an industry, it is our collective task to spark an interest in science and technology among students at a young age, and nurture this interest as they grow,” said Mike Mansuetti, president of Robert Bosch LLC. “The iMAGINE Upstate events bring innovation, creativity and science to South Carolina families, and Bosch is excited to share in the celebration.”

The week-long celebration will feature a number of crowd-sourced programs, workshops, presentations, competitions and events, each designed to support iMAGINE Upstate’s six core program tracks—learn, engage, create, innovate, launch and make.

The festival, running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 4th, will include more than 50 tents lining Main Street in downtown Greenville in addition to several featured stages, including:

  • Robotics Demo at the Bosch INNOVATE Stage 
  • Roper Mountain Science Center Show at the GE Power & Water ENGAGE Stage 
  • Brooks Brothers Workforce of the Future Fashion Show at the Fluor CREATE Stage 
  • AJ Whittenburg Hovercraft Experience at the Greenville Technical College LEARN Stage 
  • The Children's Museum of the Upstate Experience at the Michelin MAKE Stage 
  • The iMAGINE Challenge: An Interactive Game Show at the iMAGINE Upstate LAUNCH Stage 
     

 

“Being part of iMAGINE Upstate is more than participating in a festival,” said Leesa Owens, community relations representative for Michelin North America. “This is a chance to invest in the Upstate and our students. We want to inspire the next generation of designers, engineers and innovators.”

To further the conversation and create growing interest in STEM and innovation, iMAGINE Upstate has also launched a student awareness campaign entitled “You Decide.” Student and industry leaders can participate by using the hashtag “#Udecide” on social media.

To learn more about the iMAGINE Upstate and the upcoming festival, visit www.imagineupstate.org.

Those interested in volunteering for the downtown festival can sign up at http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/11461844920120.

Read More about STEM in Upstate South Carolina:

Looking at the Future of STEM: A Q&A with CU-ICAR Automotive Engineering Instructor Dee Kivett

How We Should Imagine the Future of STEM Education

 

With 30-plus institutions of higher learning, programs like iMAGINE Upstate and resources such as the NEXT High School, Upstate South Carolina continues to serve as a center for the advancement of STEM education.

Today on the blog, we get a few minutes with Dee Kivett, Automotive Engineering Instructor at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) and CEO of NextGen Supply Chain Integrators, to discuss the future of STEM education.

 

What does the future of STEM education look like? What should it look like?

“Education as a whole will become more hands-on and project-based, integrating traditional liberal arts thinking into problem solving exercises that emphasize technology. I personally do not see America losing focus on the classics as we look for ways to improve our STEM education techniques, but rather instead we will build on it as a strength. What makes America unique is our ability to INNOVATE. Kids in successful education programs will learn how to solve problems and have the opportunity to use technology solutions to do so.  They will also be able to market and communicate their innovations through strong foundations in traditional liberal arts studies including art, English, humanities, and public speaking.”

“New education programs like NEXT High School in Greenville, S.C. are adopting this project-based learning philosophy. At CU-ICAR, every class we teach has a hands-on project component.  In my class at CU-ICAR, project teams learn the foundations of project management through a new product development project.  By the end of the course, not only have they realized their new idea from concept through prototype validation, they have about 90% of their patent application complete! This technique not only promotes an integrated approach to different disciplines, but it also simply makes learning more interesting and fun for students!”

What are the current challenges facing STEM education centers?

“Money is the obvious easy answer. Many hands-on projects and technology-based learning opportunities are expensive. The community has done a great job of helping offset this challenge through shared learning resources like that of the Roper Mountain Science Center. Also, many organizations and companies are beginning to volunteer their time and resources to provide project mentorship in the schools and bring those resources to the students. “

“Additionally, teachers need opportunities for continuing education. We need to provide them affordable learning opportunities so they can stay on top of the latest technologies as well. One way to also help offset this is to remove expectations that one teacher should be an expert in every subject, especially in the lower grades. Having science specialists who visit multiple classrooms is one economical way to accomplish this. In the upper grades, giving students the opportunity to attend STEM-focus centers where equipment may be shared with other schools is a great way to accomplish the goal of optimizing the resources available.”

How can manufacturing/businesses become more involved in STEM education?

“Businesses can contribute money, time for their employees to serve as volunteers, equipment, and learning opportunities for teachers. Businesses must also acknowledge the importance of skilled trades workers with fair and equitable pay for the contribution they make to the organization, making STEM-related careers more appealing.”

What skills must the modern labor force have? Why?

“Problem solving, innovation, self-motivation, and personal responsibility are all key to success today just as they have been from the beginning of time. Today, however, people require higher levels of literacy and understanding of a diversity of cultures in order to interact with an increasingly global workforce. Computer and financial literacy are a basic requirement today, whereas they may have been optional in the past. The labor force as a whole needs more people who know how to do things.  We need those who are not afraid to build things with their hands, the ones who do not sit and wait for someone to tell them step by step how to do a task but instead figure it out for themselves.”

What can manufacturers and educational centers do to make students interested in manufacturing?

“To me, this is a question better presented to society as a whole. In recent decades, the ‘skilled trades’ job has somehow slipped down the societal perception ranking to somehow be seen as less desirable than a four-year university degree. Consequently, parents all encourage their students to go to the four year university. For many students, they do this without any idea of what they ultimately want to do in life. They get degrees that are empty of any real applicable skills or otherwise too generic to prepare them for real-working experiences, and leave them ultimately unable to find work. Who would have imagined a day that students graduating with master’s degrees would have to depend on working the elevator at a tourist resort as their only job opportunity?“

“With an overpopulation of students with advanced degrees but no real-work experience, we have a tremendous shortage of skilled trade workers. Without machinists, welders, electricians and the like, we cannot have a thriving manufacturing industry. Society as a whole will need to shift its perception of “success” for our young people before this tide will turn. We need to praise, promote, and reward those who are graduating directly into the workforce with valuable technical skills and elevate the social perception of those jobs before students will start becoming drawn to those fields.”

For more information on education in Upstate South Carolina, visit http://www.upstatescalliance.com/about-upstate/information-downloads#wor....  

Read more about STEM initiatives in the region on the blog at http://www.upstatescalliance.com/blog-tags/stem. 

"The South is doing far more to recruit and train for the next generation," said Laurie Harbour, President and CEO of Harbour Results, in regards to building an automotive workforce. "You guys are setting the foundation"

Harbour’s comments, one of many on the topic of workforce development, came during her presentation outlining industry trends and managing changes in automotive supply chains at the 4th annual S.C. Automotive Summit, held February 23-25 in Greenville, S.C.

 

 

The event, which was organized by the South Carolina Automotive Council (SCAC), a division of the South Carolina Manufacturing Association (SCMA), brought together industry leaders from around the world to Upstate South Carolina to discuss topics relevant to every key automotive sector, including manufacturing, engineering, education, government and more.

“The central themes surrounding this year’s summit—workforce development, collaboration between educational centers and manufacturers, growing the automotive industry through innovation and entrepreneurship—are topics that are central to the growth of the global automotive industry,” said Aimee Redick, Business Recruitment Officer at Upstate SC Alliance.

The three-day event kicked off Monday at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), home to the nation’s first PhD program in Automotive Engineering, where summit attendees listened to representatives from Bosch, GM, Michelin, Magna and SC Launch discuss how their organizations are fostering relationships through innovation centers and incubators.

Monday’s sessions also included a preview of commercialization-ready technologies developed by faculty and staff at Clemson University and CU-ICAR, giving attendees a one-of-kind insight into tomorrow’s innovations.

The second day of the Automotive Summit began with S.C. Department of Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt's “State of the S.C. Automotive Industry” presentation, which highlighted the recent success of the state, including job growth.

 

 

“We are staking our claim in the automotive industry by actively recruiting new businesses and supporting existing ones,” said Hitt. “In the past four years, the growth in our manufacturing employment has outpaced all other industries in the region.”

“Any time an automotive part rolls off the line, it comes with a guarantee that we make quality products—products the world wants to buy,” added Hitt.

Hitt’s presentation was followed by Dr. Susan Helper, U.S. Department of Commerce Chief Economist. Helper stressed the importance of collaboration between suppliers and manufacturers, stating, “Today, no one company can win by itself. Success depends on healthy eco-systems.”

Mike Mansuetti, President of Robert Bosch, offered a presentation to showcase how his organization has focused on innovation by building an environment where different departments and teams work together cohesively on new ideas. This provides a culture where employees can, “feel safe to fail,” according to Mansuetti.

“The driver of change is innovation,” Mansuetti explained. “And innovation does not happen in a vacuum.”

 

The centerpiece of Tuesday’s agenda, and possibly that of the entire summit, was a special appearance by Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of India’s Tata Motors, India’s largest automotive manufacturer. In a special on-stage ceremony, Tata was presented with an honorary Doctorate in Automotive Engineering from Clemson University.

“Mr. Tata epitomizes all that CU-ICAR stands for: international leadership in the advancement of the automotive industry and the fostering of economic development that benefits the local community, state and region,” said Fred Cartwright, executive director of CU-ICAR.

Tata then took part in an exclusive on-stage interview with Automotive News Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Hall of Fame inductee, Keith Crain. During the interview, Tata said that Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by Tata Motors, is, “indeed looking at North America as a location for another plant,” but would not speculate further.

 


(Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Motors, India’s largest automotive manufacturer, participates in exclusive on-stage interview with Automotive NewsEditor-in-Chief, Keith Crain. -- Photo courtesy: Craig Mahaffey/Clemson University)

 

The team from iMAGINE Upstate held a special press conference on Tuesday to outline specific plans for the upcoming week-long STEM showcase, which will include more than 50 tents and six stages as part of a festival in downtown Greenville.

“iMAGINE Upstate is aptly named, as it is aimed at helping children imagine the possibilities available to them by pursuing opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” said Christy Thompson, vice president of worldwide marketing at ScanSource, Inc., in a press release. “This will no doubt have a positive effect on Upstate businesses and communities, but most importantly on the students themselves.”

The afternoon sessions began with a thought-provoking panel on best practices for workforce development. Moderated by Sky Foster, Department Manager Corporate Communications for BMW and featuring representatives from Greenville Technical College, Honda of S.C. and the Specialty Equipment Market Association, the panel addressed the challenges and opportunities in attracting a diverse range of students to the automotive industry.

“Collaboration is the key to success,” said Dr. Keith Miller, President of Greenville Tech. “We need to have industry representatives, including manufacturers, in the classroom.”

“There is a new learner and we have to engage  that new learner,” said BMW’s Foster in regards to building the next generation workforce. “There is no one size fits all. We have to learn to compete. If we don't learn to compete, we die. We have to keep the practices of new innovation coming in.”

To demonstrate how that collaboration between suppliers and educational centers can take place, Susan Mizelle of Greenville-based Sage Automotive Interiors, offered a presentation on how the company is working with Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School, whose mission is to foster STEAM-literate graduates, to create hand-on, in-classroom opportunities for students to learn about STEAM careers that interest them.

Tuesday’s sessions wrapped up with presentations from CU-ICAR and Greenville-based Proterra, the first electric bus manufacturer in the U.S., which just secured more than half of the $55 million in grants issued by the Federal Transit Administration.

On Wednesday, Gary Silberg, of KPMG opened the day with the presentation of key findings from the organization’s recent white paper. The presentation focused on how the automotive industry is changing through the convergence of consumer and automotive technologies and the rise of mobility services.

For consumers, “The future will be about you, your car and your life,” stated Silberg.

Harbour’s session on supply chain management followed Silberg. Along with sharing insight into how suppliers need to adapt to a model of production that focuses on volume versus mix, Harbour stressed how the southeastern U.S. has become a leader in workforce development and collaboration.

“In my opinion, you work very hard together,” said Harbour.

 

That theme continued into the summit’s last presentation, a panel on regional collaboration. The group focused on the implications of Mexico’s recent success in attracting automotive investments and how the southeast region can also compete and share in that growth.

Like others throughout the summit, these panelists drove home the focus on skilled labor.

"Economic development and workforce development have to happen at the same time in order to be successful," concluded Kim Hill, Director of Sustainability and Economic Development at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR).

To learn more about the automotive industry in Upstate South Carolina, visit http://www.automotiveinupstatesc.com or contact Business Recruitment Officer, Aimee Redick by email at aredick@upstatealliance.com

 

 

NPR's David Green recently sat down with Planet Money's Adam Davidson to discuss the new face of manufacturing, specifically the need for continous improvements in highly skilled education and training practices.

 

Davidson specifically noted that while Greenville's eco-system of high tech manufacturers is what smart economic developers want, the key to a successful decade of manufacturing lies in continuous educational development and skill set training. Simply stated, the key skill is the ability to learn more skills.

 

Greenville has continued to focus on this "brain work over brawn work" mentality, with new developments such as the Greenville Technical College Center for Manufacturing Innovation, an 100,000-square-foot advanced-technology training center with an opening anticipated for late 2015. 

 

Listen to the NPR segment "Future U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Will Require More Brain Than Brawn."
 

NPR’s Uri Berliner recently visited Spartanburg-based Cooper Standard to learn more about how the manufacturer embraces South Carolina’s successful apprenticeship programs.

 

In this segment that aired as part of NPR’s series “American Made: The New Manufacturing Landscape”, Berliner highlights how South Carolina’s apprenticeship programs, like Apprenticeship Carolina, have led to a better pipeline for skilled workers, creating a win-win situation for employees and employers.

 

Listen to the NPR segment “In South Carolina, A Program that Makes Apprenticeships Work”.

 

Upstate SC Alliance President and CEO John Lummus recently highlighted the importance of the Export-Import Bank and shares his thoughts on why it’s critical to reauthorize this highly effective business resource in this piece at UpstateBizSC.com:

“The Upstate’s economy is closely connected to the global economy. This is a real strength for our region and gives us more resilience in weathering economic slowdowns in the U.S. economy. We have companies with operations here from all over the world. Our Upstate counties include 372 international companies representing 31 countries including Germany, Japan, China, Italy, Korea and France, which means we are successfully competing globally from the Upstate.

We need every available tool that we can find to keep us competitive in the world market that includes emerging economies in China, India, Brazil and other places that are eager to welcome new businesses and the jobs that go with them. One of the tools available to Upstate companies is the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank)… Read More at UpstateBizSC.com

 

Clemson University automotive engineering graduate student and champion of STEM education named university’s first Bosch Fellow Monday

As employers worldwide are coping with significant talent shortages, German engineering company Bosch is combating the manufacturing industry’s shortage of a skilled workforce with an eye toward the future, inspiring the next generation workforce with the Bosch Community Fund (BCF) and fellowship program.

South Carolina –based Clemson University is realizing the impact of the program after Mike Mansuetti, President of Robert Bosch, LLC , pledged $500,000 for Clemson’s automotive-engineering fellowships and named automotive engineering graduate student Vismita Sonagra as Clemson’s first Bosch fellow on Monday.  

As part of this fellowship, Sonagra received $20,000 to support her work at local elementary and middle schools, where she participates in activities that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Mansuetti is confident in the positive impact of STEM education on tomorrow’s workforce, as quoted in Clemson University’s news release:

“Vismita and her classmates represent the workforce of the future. She is well on her way, and we are excited by the potential of those who will follow in her footsteps in the future. Together, Bosch and Clemson will help move students into STEM-related careers and help individuals reach their full potential. We see tremendous opportunities now and in the future for students with a strong STEM background.”

Recruiting and keeping students in the STEM fields is a national problem raising concerns that a significant portion of the population could be neglecting some of the country’s fastest-growing and highest-paying job opportunities. According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16% of high school students are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. Bosch funding will help develop and inform students about the opportunities available in STEM fields.

Other STEM initiatives are beginning to gain footing in the Upstate, including A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering, South Carolina’s first engineering and technology elementary which opened in 2009.  The school focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills and fostering creativity through engineering, team work and technology. Industry partners include Fluor, GE Energy, Hubbell Lighting and Michelin who provide a variety of support, including hands-on learning opportunities.

Middle and high schools in the Upstate have also implemented new curriculum with a focus on project-based learning programs that will prepare students for the subject matter and soft-skills they’ll need in college and their careers. Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School opened in August on the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) Millennium campus, offering opportunities for CU-ICAR students to visit the school and collaborate with young students —one of the core reasons the Bosch Fellowship was designed.

Imtiaz Haque, founding chair of the Clemson University automotive engineering department and executive director of the Carroll A. Campbell Graduate Engineering Center at CU-ICAR commented:

“She [Sonagra] is the first of what will be many fellows who will help keep America competitive in the 21st century. The Bosch endowment helps us attain two major goals, namely bringing exceptional talent to the automotive engineering program and creating an exceptional talent pool for the STEM fields that are so critical to our future success as a nation.”

Bosch operates in nearly 50 countries, with more than 30 locations in the U.S., including three in the Upstate of South Carolina. In addition to the Bosch endowment, the company has partnered with Clemson University for a cooperative education program since 2000.

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