CAAT Tracks
January 2016
Center for Advanced Automotive Technology
Working with educators and industry to drive the skills needed for the next generation of automotive technicians, engineering technologists, and designers.
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Save the Date to Attend the FREE 2016 CAAT Conference!
The 2016 CAAT Conference, The Road to Autonomous Vehicles, will be held on Friday, May 6, from 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM at Macomb Community College's South Campus in Warren, MI.
The event will feature a notable keynote speaker (to be named later) and three Tech Talk sessions focused on the challenges, infrastructure and cyber security of automated & connected vehicles. An optional automated and connected vehicle demonstration will take place immediatelyCAAT conference following the conference from 1:30 to 3:00 PM.
A full hot breakfast and lunch are included at no cost to conference attendees. While the conference is free, advance registration will be required. Registration information will be provided as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, mark your calendar as you don't want to miss the opportunity to attend the 2016 CAAT Conference!
Three New Courses Developed Through CAAT Seed Funding Now Available in the FREE CAAT Resource Library
Check out these new courses recently added to the FREE CAAT Resource Library!
Course: Energy Efficiency of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, Labs: Developed by University of Alabama, through CAAT seed funding, the goal of this course is to provide analytical and hands-on skills on defining and testing power losses in powertrain systems of electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid-electric vehicles (HEV). The course contains introductory lectures to present power losses and energy efficiency in EV and HEV. Laboratory experiments and computer workshops, the main portion of the course, follow the lectures. The laboratory test modules are built with the use of hardware and tests including ordinary and planetary gear sets, gear power loss test rig, electric motors, two unmanned ground vehicles with individual wheel drives (3-wheeler and 4-wheeler), etc. National Instruments LabVIEW and myRIO are in use for practical laboratory work. Computer workshops facilitate the understanding of HE concepts and operational modes and develop skills in simulating vehicle characteristics.
Course: Motor Control Systems for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems: Developed by Wayne State University through CAAT seed funding, this course prepares skilled technicians and engineers for jobs in the electric and hybrid electric vehicle industry. The primary objective is to equip students, working engineers, and technicians with motor control skills in the hybrid and electric vehicle sector. Upon successful completion of this course, the following outcomes will be achieved:
  • Students can describe and calculate transient performance of DC motors, including rise time, settling time, peak time and overshoot
  • Students can program Matlab/Simulink to observe transient performance of DC motors
  • Students can calculate steady-state errors of DC motors and can program Matlab/Simulink to observe steady-state errors of DC motors
  • Students know how to select parameters of PID controller for DC/AC motors
  • Students can observe and further identify fault sources of DC Motors using Simulink
  • Students will have better team-working and communication abilities
Course: Exploratory Design and Engineering II Course for 7th-9th Grade Students: Developed by Utica Community Schools through CAAT seed funding, this project-based course focuses on STEM skills applied to electric vehicles. The course will provide students with basic fundamentals and an appreciation for electronics, sources of energy, and mechanical design. The students will further their drafting and design skills acquired in Exploratory Design and Engineering I (EDE I). The course will encourage students to seriously consider the CTE and STEM options that exist in high school. Students will design and build small electric powered vehicles with the intent of racing them in competition with other student created vehicles. In the process of building the vehicles, students will learn basic information about engineering and design processes, electrical circuits, batteries, gearing ratios, and converting electrical energy into mechanical energy. Additionally, the course will address applicable Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. The Engineering Design Process will be followed as students identify, analyze, predict, and test solutions to problem based projects.
The CAAT provides seed funding for educational institutions to develop or adapt courses, modules, or other educational artifacts that advance the preparation of skilled technicians and engineers for jobs in the automobile industry. Click here to learn more about CAAT seed funding.
Upcoming CAAT Activities
CAAT Partners with the Boy Scouts to Offer STEM Adventure Day at Macomb Community College
Boy Scouts enjoy CAAT lab
Boy Scouts enjoy the CAAT hovercraft lab
CAAT's STEM Outreach Program is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America Great Lakes Field Service Council. On February 20th, 120 Scouts are expected to attend "STEM Adventure Day" at Macomb Community College's south campus. The all-day event will bring together Scout counselors and Macomb Community College volunteer instructors in an effort for Webelos, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to get hands-on experience toward achieving their NOVA award. The purpose of the NOVA award is to enhance interest in STEM fields and to earn recognition for STEM achievement.
There will be three different STEM rotations that will allow the Cub Scout/Webelos to meet each of the "Science Everywhere" NOVA requirements in the morning session. In the afternoon, there will be three additional sessions for the Boy Scouts to meet each of the "Start Your Engines!" NOVA requirements.
We are looking forward to partnering with the Boy Scouts of America in helping them pursue their STEM goals.
Past CAAT Activities
CAAT Participates in Education Day at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
Now in its twelfth year, Education Day at the 2016 NAIAS is an opportunity for school groups of all ages, including college level, to participate in the event with a positive and valuable educational experience. Young minds attending NAIAS 2016 Education Day (NED) had the opportunity to take part in pre-and post-show lesson plans, brief tours hosted by experts in their fields of interest, take part in hands-on activities, and attend fascinating career based presentations throughout the day. The CAAT sponsored a table at which students were provided information on educational programs leading to exciting and rewarding automotive and engineering careers.
10 MCC students invited as guests
Left to Right: MCC's Gail Turri, Manager Career & Technical Education; Keisha Chapman, Student; Tess Akers, Student; Shahad Shay Murad, Student; Tamisha Banks, Student; Lisa Markus-Pressman, Student; Alexandra Alix Rivard, Student; Brittany Ferrence, Student; Angela Rhodes, Student; Amani Pewitt, Student; Jennifer Jones, Student; and Dawn Magretta, Director Macomb Community College Foundation
Ten lucky Macomb Community College female students were invited to be "guests for a day of industry insight and a year of inspiration" at another NAIAS event, the 14th Annual Inforum NAIAS Breakfast and AutomotiveNEXT 1:1. Inforum is a leading professional organization focused on creating strategic connections and accelerating careers for women throughout Michigan and the Midwest.
The special Inforum NAIAS Breakfast featured, among others, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Representative Debbie Dingell, KPMG Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie, and General Motors President Dan Ammann, a native New Zealander and former Wall Street investment banker, who is responsible for managing GM's business operations around the world, the global Chevrolet and Cadillac brand organizations, global product planning, new business development and GM Financial. Ammann and Doughtie spoke about GM's bold vision for revolutionizing the automotive industry and GM's commitment to make customers the center of everything they do.
Immediately following the NAIAS Breakfast, Inforum's AutomotiveNEXT industry group hosted AutomotiveNEXT 1:1, an event that brings together university students, young professionals, and top executives to explore a range of careers in the automotive industry and engage in small-group conversation on industry issues.
The Macomb students also received a complementary Inforum Membership (one-year) and a ticket to attend the public days of the NAIAS.
CAAT Co-PI's Teach Hybrid Electric Vehicle Short Course at Jackson State University
The 2-day professional development short course on Hybrid and
Dr. Yeh, educator resources at CAAT
CAAT Co-PI Dr. Yeh demonstrates educator resources available on the CAAT website.
Electric Vehicles (HEV) presented by the CAAT at Jackson State University (JSU) in Jackson, Mississippi was "a huge success" according to a thank you note received by the CAAT from James A. Ejiwale, Associate Professor of Technology in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Jackson State University!
Wayne State University co-principal investigators, Dr. CP Yeh and Dr. Gene Liao, taught the course on December 17 & 18.
Course topics included:
  • Hybrid, electric and connected vehicle technology
  • Advanced battery systems for hybrid and electric vehicles
  • Power electronics and traction motor for electric-drive vehicles, and
  • Lightweighting materials for automotive
More than 35 people attended the course including university faculty, community college instructors, high school teachers and administrators, technical professionals and students. According to a survey conducted at the conclusion of the course approximately 76% rated the course overall excellent and 25% rated the course good. In addition, more than 80% of survey respondents indicated the course exceeded their expectations, approximately 70% thought they would be able to utilize what they learned in the course in their work/teaching, and approximately 93% said the course materials were just right (not too easy, not too difficult).
Interestingly, JSU is also a CAAT seed funding recipient. Funding was provided to JSU by the CAAT to develop two courses, one on sensors used in vehicle navigation and one on integrated navigation systems. Once the seed funding project is complete, the resources developed will be added to the CAAT's free resource library. Of course, we'll let you know when the materials are available right here in the CAAT Tracks newsletter!
What's New in the CAAT Resource Library?
The following resources were recently added to the FREE CAAT Resource Library.
What's New on the CAAT Website?
The CAAT recently updated the Seed Funding pages on the CAAT website, including the Funded Programs and Apply for Seed Funding pages.
The Seed Funding landing page provides general
Seed Funding landing page
Seed Funding landing page
information about CAAT seed funding available to educational institutions and includes a chart reflecting 12 projects the CAAT has already initiated.
The Funded Programs page provides information on 9 completed and 3 in progress seed funding projects, and includes links to download the documents and materials that were developed in conjunction with each of the completed projects.
The Apply for Seed Funding page contains general information on the application process as well as all of the forms needed to submit a seed funding proposal.
Click the links above to learn more today!
Did You Know...
Wayne State University's College of Engineering recently received a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro as Michigan's sole participant in the EcoCAR 3 Competition?
EcoCAR 3 logo
EcoCAR 3
EcoCAR 3 is the latest Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy. This four-year competition challenges 16 North American universities to re-engineer the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid-electric vehicle to reduce its environmental impact while maintaining the performance expected from the iconic car. The WSU EcoCAR 3 team is the only school in Michigan selected for the competition and engages more than 40 undergraduate and graduate students studying engineering, communication, and business.
Learn more about EcoCAR 3.
Continental recently launched a new automated driving website called
2025AD landing page


Check out this public and independent website offering experts and consumers alike the opportunity to discuss all technical, legal and social aspects of future mobility, helping to build consumer acceptance and trust on the topic. The website offers manufacturer-independent information, easy to understand graphics and exciting facts about automated driving.

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