With interest increasing in electric vehicles (EVs), the automotive industry is going to need a pool of engineers able to build EVs as adeptly as modern engineers can assemble and tweak conventional cars. Thanks to stimulus package from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), many of those engineers will emerge from the Michigan-based Wayne State University, which has approved the nation’s first graduate program to train EV engineers.
Beginning this fall, the program offers a master’s degree in EV drive engineering. “The program follows attempts by automakers to evolve from combustion engines to electric and electric hybrid engines as consumers demand alternatives,” according to Detroit News. “Students, who can opt into an accelerated program, will learn how to power, put together, design, develop and promote electric and electric hybrid engines.” The news affiliate acknowledged that other universities offer EV courses, but WSU will be the first university to offer a master’s program with a major.
Part of a $5 million grant from the DOE via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the master’s program is one of three new programs to be offered at WSU. According to WSU, “the new programs … include a bachelor of science in Electric Transportation Technology (ETT), a master of science in Electric-Drive Vehicle Engineering and a graduate certificate program in Electric-Drive Vehicle Engineering, a subset of the master’s degree.” Detailed information can be found on the WSU College of Engineering website.
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