The auto industry needs electrical and computer engineers in ever increasing numbers to deal with the amount of electronics in the modern car. These engineers deal with the electronics, controls, safety systems, infotainment systems, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication.
ECE-trained students will also help design hybrid and electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles. Of particular importance to these electric vehicles is the power control system. An increasing number of plug-in electric vehicles also means an increasing load on the electric grid. Autonomous vehicles will require more sensitive and compact sensors, and fast, reliable wireless communications between cars and the infrastructure around them.
Michigan Hybrid Racing – design, build, test, and finance our own high-performance, hybrid-electric Formula-style race car.
Solar Car Team – design, build, and race America's best solar vehicles across the country and around the world.
Supermileage Team – work to build a car that consumes as little gasoline as possible.
Baja Racing – design and manufacture an entirely new off-road race vehicle from the ground up.
Why Electric Cars Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think
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