innovation magazine spring 2012 - green agreement

Lawrence Tech inks 'green' agreement with German institution 


German 'Green' agreement

Lawrence Tech has signed a three-year agreement with Germany’s Thuringia Center for Innovation and Mobility to cooperate in the development of mechatronic vehicle systems and other innovative technologies for “green” mobility, such as hybrid and electric ground vehicles.

The two institutions agreed to explore programs to benefit researchers, students, and faculty in Germany and the United States, in keeping with their commitment to “mutual understanding for scientific and academic growth through transatlantic research activities and intercultural education.”

The cooperation will begin with a work plan developed by Professor Vladimir Vantsevich, director of the Mechatronic Systems Laboratory at Lawrence Tech, and Klaus Augsburg, director of the Thuringia Innovation Center for Innovation and Mobility, which is associated with Ilmenau University of Technology in Germany.

“Both partners, Lawrence Tech and Thuringia Center, can gain much from working together on the industrial applications of mechatronics. Lawrence Tech’s location at the center of the automotive industry in the United States should provide new opportunities for our German colleagues, and our German partner will provide access to European industry,” Vantsevich said.

Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering that incorporates aspects of mechanical engineering, electronics engineering, computer engineering, software engineering, control engineering, and systems design engineering. Lawrence Tech’s master’s program in mechatronics, launched in 2006, concentrates on conventional and unmanned vehicle and industrial robot engineering.