General Motors (GM) provided a $140,000 research grant to NYIT to assist the automotive giant in improving the quality and performance of its first generation of alternative energy vehicles. Specifically, Qing (Cindy) Chang, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will work with graduate students in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences to develop a management methodology of battery manufacturing for these vehicles, which are anticipated to hit the market in 2011.
The grant also supports Chang’s research in identifying energy efficiency bottlenecks in GM’s manufacturing facilities and in integrating energy management into production control to increase efficiency.
“These exciting projects have opened the door at NYIT for future collaborations with GM,” said Chang, who served as a senior researcher for the company. In addition, NYIT and GM have signed an agreement paving the way for future collaborative projects.