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CU-ICAR garners new private partners

Staff Report
Published Jan. 23, 2013

The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research has partnered with Safety-Kleen and its re-refined motor oil EcoPower to give teachers new tools in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

Safety-Kleen recycles oil and provides parts cleaning and other environmental services.

Safety-Kleen and EcoPower have committed $150,000 over three years to fund fellowships for CU-ICAR’s Driving Science education program. Driving Science is a joint venture of Clemson, Daytona International Speedway and DuPont.

Driving Science workshops for middle and high school teachers are held at racetracks around the country where advances in STEM education are readily apparent. Each workshop introduces the science of motorsport to 24 teachers. Lessons range from simple mechanics to engineering cycles students can apply in class.

Safety-Kleen and EcoPower funding will support two fellows at CU-ICAR who will work with Clemson’s Human-Centered Computing Division to develop tools that encourage STEM education in student learning.

The grant, the first such commitment Safety-Kleen and EcoPower have made to a university, also will allow CU-ICAR to generate student and faculty research, testing and validation in the areas of environmental services and re-refined oil.

“This collaboration is another example of CU-ICAR’s track record of successful public-private partnerships,” said Imtiaz Haque, executive director of the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center at CU-ICAR. “As a nation, the U.S. needs more homegrown scientists and engineers, and with the support of Safety-Kleen’s EcoPower, we can help develop young minds that will become the creative force in this country.”