The program is designed to create the next generation automotive technologies.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Sept 2, 2012
Hyundai signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis to establish the ‘Hyundai Center of Excellence.’
In the just released PR, the MOU is the first collaboration project in Hyundai’s larger R&D joint research and professional development program, called ‘Hyundai R&D Global Frontier.’ This long-range program is designed to strengthen Hyundai’s fundamental R&D competency by working with the world’s leading universities and companies.
Vice Chairman Woongchul Yang, Head of Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Division, UC Berkeley College of Engineering Dean S. Shankar Sastry, and UC Davis College of Engineering Dean Enrique J. Lavernia attended the ceremony in Berkeley,California, on Friday.
Hyundai is continuing to improve its R&D on an organizational level and the Hyundai R&D Global Frontier program is a yet another element of the effort. Hyundai R&D is also revolutionizing its talent recruitment and professional development programs. An example is the Hyundai Global Top Talent Forum established last year. It is said to change the way applicants are interviewed and nurtured throughout their careers. Hyundai’s Research Fellow Program provides a track for outstanding senior research engineers to become executive-level research fellows in specific areas of technical expertise.
The first project of the Hyundai R&D Global Frontier Program establishes Hyundai Center of Excellence at UC Berkeley and UC Davis, world leaders in automotive engineering and technology research. Through this initiative, select Hyundai engineers will join top researchers at both universities to work on vehicle dynamics
, an area where they still fall behind their direct competitors.
The Center of Excellence will conduct research projects aimed at making Hyundai vehicles safer, better-handling, and more fun to drive.
The Hyundai R&D Global Frontier program aims to raise R&D competitiveness at an organizational level by immersing its best engineers in the world’s best research institutions from six months to two years to conduct advanced research and development.
Each R&D engineer will be given research assignments to produce technological innovations that will be incorporated into future Hyundai vehicles.
The Hyundai R&D Global Frontier project launches with research projects in eight automotive fields including ride and handling, NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), crash-worthiness, Advanced Safety Vehicle (ASV) technologies and advanced material technologies. This year Hyundai will collaborate with 22 industry leaders in business and academia.
Hyundai through the Hyundai R&D Global Frontier program plans to expand the number of partners and fields of research over the next few years.