Kristen Siemen — an alumna of Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science — has been overseeing a program through General Motors (GM) that provides training and development opportunities for men and women returning to the workforce after taking a career break of two or more years. Read the rest of this entry »
The Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC), which provides an opportunity for engineers and computer scientists from around the world to compete with their uniquely-designed autonomous unmanned vehicles, will return June 1-4 to Oakland University.
“Student teams participating in IGVC not only immerse themselves in robotics and autonomy but engage in multiple classic systems engineering challenges,” said Gerald Lane, president of Great Lakes Systems & Technology LLC.
Lane and Dr. KaC Cheok, an OU engineering professor, serve as co-founders and co-chairmen of the IGVC, which challenges teams to build and operate autonomous robotic vehicles on an outdoor course with defined lanes, GPS waypoints and obstacles. The four-day competition is held annually on Oakland’s campus.
In 2017, over 35 teams from 32 colleges and universities participated in the competition, including OU’s own Oakland Robotics Association. This year, more than 40 teams are expected to participate in the event.
“IGVC is a full-spectrum educational and practical experience, spanning requirements such as analysis, design, fabrication, testing, debugging, documenting, reporting, product presentation and endurance while working as a team throughout,” Lane said.
During the competition, each team will participate in a series of challenges, including:
• Auto-Nav Challenge: Vehicles autonomously navigate an outdoor course while negotiating obstacles and maneuvering using GPS coordinates to complete the course in the minimum amount of time
• Design Competition: A written report is submitted, then an oral presentation and vehicle demonstration are presented to the IGVC Design Judge Panel
• Inter-Operability Profile (IOP) Challenge: Vehicles perform with the IOP open architecture for unmanned systems.
This year’s competition will also include the Self-Drive Challenge, which will feature street legal, 25 mph fully autonomous vehicles demonstrating their autonomous street driving capabilities, as well as parking and track driving maneuvers.
“The IGVC experience challenges engineering and computer science students and, at the end of the competition, produces engineers and computer scientists who are ready for their first job,” Lane said.
The IGVC competition is held in the field on the southwest corner of Adams Road and Walton Boulevard.
For more information, visit www.IGVC.org.
• June 1: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• June 2: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• June 3: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• June 4: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Inteva Products, a leading global Tier One automotive supplier of engineered components and systems, has been named a 2017 Supplier of the Year by General Motors. The award was presented during GM’s annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held Friday, April 20, in Orlando, Florida.
Inteva was one of 132 suppliers from 17 countries to receive the honor this year for consistently creating outstanding value, bringing new innovations to GM, and exceeding expectations for quality, execution, and total enterprise cost. Inteva provides GM with instrument panels, door trim panels, floor consoles, roof systems, latches and InteatherTM TPO material solutions.
In the race among companies to bring self-driving cars to market and take the lead in this specialized area, the San Francisco Business Times (SFBT) reported in their May 11 issue that companies are ready to hire, but the skills needed are hard to find.
However, many of those who are qualified to work in the industry are coming from Oakland University.
“I am very proud of our students and their accomplishments,” said Louay M. Chamra, Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science. “The article cites that about 1.75 percent of all engineering jobs in this field are being filled by Oakland University graduates. It may not seem like a big number, but it puts us among the top five schools placing graduates in this field.” Read the rest of this entry »
The Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC), which provides an opportunity for engineers from around the world to compete with their uniquely-designed unmanned vehicles, will return June 2-5 to Oakland University.
“For 25 years, IGVC has challenged university and college student teams to a world-class design and systems engineering experience that is at the very cutting edge of engineering education,” said KaC Cheok, Ph.D., co-chairman and co-founder of IGVC, OU engineering professor and Oakland Robotics Association adviser. Read the rest of this entry »
Oakland University student Malek Jaradi has turned a lifelong passion for electrical engineering and technology into a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Continental, a leading international automotive supplier.
The Macomb Township resident recently learned that he has been selected to participate in the company’s highly-competitive DRIVE Automotive Graduate Program, which provides insight into the specific work fields and structures of the company’ automotive divisions over a 24-month period. Read the rest of this entry »
We are our choices and what we think.” This is one of Sue Jarvis’s favorite quotes, and it rings true through her 29 year old business, Aristocat Limousine. 29 years ago, on October 28, 1987, Sue made the choice to purchase an eight passenger 1982 Cadillac limousine. That choice threw her into the world of chauffeured transportation, an industry she saw an opportunity in with its stricter drinking and driving laws, and lack of options for corporate clients. From that day forward, the business grew and transformed, built on smart choices and a solid business knowledge. Read the rest of this entry »