José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. visits CU-ICAR (full)

José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. visits CU-ICAR (full)


(electronic music) – We have a cooperations
with the E-Puma company. They send prototype machines here. They pretty much come with
companies that (fading out). – So, we do a lot with machining research. The area I work in is model-based control. – What would it take to a car like this to be able to charge wireless? – To try to reduce the complexity of control and calibration to get products to market faster, essentially. – The big issue is how
to control this engine, and particularly, how to
control the thermal environment. So, this piston top will help us manage the thermal environment. – So, you try to optimize the cycle through
controlling the temperature. – Right, we’re tailoring
the surface temperatures in the chamber to be at maximum benefit for our combustion strategy. – With the detached wings and b-phillips, we can do some cauterization of joints and different joining techniques. I’m showing here some
of the adhesive bonding that we do between steel and aluminum. – And, we are now
working towards achieving a 40% weight reduction compared to an existing
injection-moded component without deteriorating the properties. – It’ll be also cheaper? It’s less weight.
– Absolutely. – And it’s cheaper.
– Absolutely, because we are using less material. – But, we have a T-model, where the T is more
putting it into context, and you have an example behind you. This is a project that we
developed by the students for Mazda. This is done in collaboration
with an art school, so we worked together with the Art Center of College of Design in
Pasadena on automotive styling. So, we start one of these
projects every year. We’ve, actually, done seven. We’re starting number eight and really would like to,
actually, have Nissan engaged in one of those. – It is my great pleasure today to welcome two distinguished guests today, Mr. Jim Morton and Mr. Jose Munoz. As you know, we were preparing to host Mr. Carlos Gone, today, and Jose Munoz was also
going to be with him and participate in events. Due to the tragic events in France, Dr. Gone has been called to go to France and be there on the ground to handle this emergency situation. – So, my question to you, Mr. Munoz, is so, like, the point which
you just mentioning. With the technology giants,
like Google and Apple, coming with their
self-driving car technology and companies, like Uber,
growing dramatically with their car-sharing ideas, what does this mean to automotive OEMs, and in particular to Nissan,
as an automotive OEM? – Well, believe it or not, for us as a car company, the role of a Uber, for
example, or Apple or Google, it is really something very positive to know that companies
which are very, very successful, you know, Apple is, I believe, the number one in terms
of market capitalization and a very successful company as we know. They’re interested in this
type of technology shows, once again, that the
Renault-Nissan alliance, they took the right decision when they decided to get into this technology so early in the process. So, when you get new
players in the industry, what you get is much farther development. You get more suppliers, more know-how, more, I would say, elements
within in the supply chain, which makes the whole industry to develop faster. – And, my question is what is the best piece of
advice that you would give to young automotive engineers
or soon-to-be graduates preparing for work in
the automotive industry? – First is that never give up. So, I think, you need to really focus on what your, I don’t know,
director or what your manager, your master, is telling you to do. Sometimes, when you are
a student or you are aiming at doing something else, sometimes, you don’t see the end of, you know, the connection
between what you are doing and the outside world, and I just want to advise to you to keep fighting, to keep following the
direction that you are given. Because, only the best will succeed,
and there are many, many people in the industry, and there are many companies out there that you need to compete with. So, keep focusing, keep
following your leaders, and also, be humble and work with your team. I think those are my advice, then step by step you will
decide in your career if that’s what you want to
do or do you want to move into the other side. When I was a student and then R&D, I thought the other side was better. Now, that I’m on this side, I can tell you your
side is the better one. So,
(crowd laughing) but once you get into this
side, you cannot come back. So, you need to take advantage, enjoy the moment, and decide very well before you jump into the commercial side of the business. – Thank you.
– Thank you. (crowd applauding)

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