Jim Freudenberg – ECE and Automotive Engineering

Jim Freudenberg – ECE and Automotive Engineering


car nowadays is one of the most high-tech pieces of equipment that is manufactured an automobile for many many years was considered a mechanical engineering product but today it’s more predominantly an electrical engineering and software engineering product typical car has maybe 10 million lines of code in it and has maybe as many as 70 micro processors and all these micro processors and all this software implement the control algorithms that regulate pretty much every function on the car the automotive industry is desperate to hire people to write embedded control software so there’s lots and lots of opportunities there there are lots of suppliers in the automotive industry as well and over the last 10 years the big car companies have started outsourcing more of their product development to these suppliers companies such as Bosch Eaton Auto Live and these companies make things such as engine control modules active safety systems and hillock brake systems and so there’s lots of jobs there in addition to to the ones at Ford General Motors Chrysler or Toyota what is the electrical and computer engineering department done to better prepare students for jobs in the automotive sector well to a great extent a lot of the courses needed some of the faculty that we’ve hired in the last 10 years work to that end x4 61 the embedded control systems class was created specifically in response to requests from engineers working at Ford research labs a lot of the motivation for creating an electric power area and hiring professors such as Heath Hoffman Wan rebus Indian iskcon’s was due to the dominant role that electric machines and power electronics are playing in this world of hybrid electric vehicles and all electric vehicles even the computer vision faculty play a big role in autonomous vehicles and active safety systems and I know several former equals 461 students that are out working at auto suppliers right now writing software for revision systems that go on cars why should you consider getting a master’s degree in automotive engineering well every week I get emails from companies wanting to hire engineers and they’re almost always looking for students with master’s degrees companies really seem to prefer the additional year of maturity and training that a master’s degree provides we’ve recently revised all the degree requirements that put a lot of Electrical Engineering content in there and you’ll also have to take some mechanical engineering classes just so you’ll be able to talk to the other people on your design team and understand what the functionality of a car is that combined with your classes in electric machines and embedded control software will serve you really well the automotive engineering master’s degree program can be taken on campus or it can be taken online while you’re actually working in industry and many students choose that option because it allows them to further their education while they’re working full-time one of the challenges facing the automotive industry nowadays is they have to compete with companies such as Google and Microsoft and Intel for engineering talent a lot of students think of the companies I just mentioned as being right out on the forefront of technology but in fact the automotive industry itself is right out on the forefront of technology together with all those lines of code with all those micro processors with several networks with the advent of vehicle to vehicle and vehicle infrastructure communication that is going to enable perhaps a completely autonomous vehicles the automotive industry is really the place to be if you want to work in high-tech you


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