In the ongoing effort to make America more economically competitive, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced funding for Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Centers of Excellence. Energy Secretary Steven Chu‘s program sets aside up to $5 million to fund these GATE Centers, which educate students in critical automotive technology.
Graduate-level, interdisciplinary subjects addressed in GATE curriculum include:
- Advanced Combustion Engines
- Lightweight Materials
- Advanced Energy Storage
- Advanced Hybrid Propulsion and Control Systems
Like EcoCAR, the GATE Centers represent the DOE’s focus on clean vehicles and its interest in meeting ambitious goals, including President Obama’s challenge to have one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.
To learn more, visit the GATE Center webpage!