Department of Automotive Engineering

FAQs - Dept of Automotive Engineering

How does the Department of Automotive Engineering fit into Clemson’s structure?
What is CU-ICAR?
What is the Campbell Graduate Engineering Center?
Can you tell me more about getting a degree in automotive engineering?
How does the department’s location on the CU-ICAR campus benefit students?
Can I tour your building?
How do I learn more about renting conference space?
Can you provide directions to the CU-ICAR campus?
Is it possible to rent lab space and equipment for an outside project?
Do your students need internships? How would my company get involved?


How does the Department of Automotive Engineering fit into Clemson’s structure?
The Department of Automotive Engineering is part of the College of Engineering and Science.  Automotive engineering was previously housed under the college's mechanical engineering department.  The Clemson University Board of Trustees approved the creation of the Department of Automotive Engineering (AuE) using existing staff, equipment, and facilities effective July 2010. The interdisciplinary nature of automotive engineering was the impetus for the creation of this department. The department’s focus on systems integration and product development makes it stand apart from other automotive programs.

What is CU-ICAR?
CU-ICAR, or Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, is an advanced-technology research campus located in Greenville, South Carolina. It is a place where academia, industry and government organizations engage in synergistic collaboration.

With more than $200 million in commitments, CU-ICAR represents the ultimate public/private partnership, directly fueling a knowledge base critical to the industry. It houses the Department of Automotive Engineering alongside corporate tenants. By creating physical proximity between industry and academia, CU-ICAR has become a community that brings together companies, students, and faculty who are committed to the future of automotive engineering. >

What is the Campbell Graduate Engineering Center?
Campbell Graduate Engineering CenterThe Campbell Graduate Engineering Center (CGEC) is department’s physical location on the CU-ICAR campus. The 90,000-square-foot building houses the automotive engineering graduate program, including faculty, staff, and students. It is the center for systems integration research activities. CGEC’s facilities include full vehicle and engine/powertrain testing. In addition, the structure offers conference space and offices for visiting researchers and faculty.

Can you tell me more about getting a degree in automotive engineering?
We offer master’s of science and doctoral degrees in automotive engineering.
If you are interested in our graduate program, please review our section for prospective students, this section includes specific details on admissions requirements and procedures.

How does the department’s location on the CU-ICAR campus benefit students?
The department's location on the CU-ICAR campus brings students closer to companies within the automotive industry, some of which have a presence on the CU-ICAR campus. The CU-ICAR campus is also a popular destination for industry leaders and other important figures like automobile designer Chris Bangle; Jeffrey Immelt, GE's Chairman of the Board and CEO; U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; U.S. Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu and GM's Gary Smyth. Students benefit from the opportunity to meet and interact with these visionaries.

Can I tour your building?
We offer guided tours of the Campbell Graduate Engineering Center. These tours must be arranged in advance. To see available dates and submit a request form please visit the tour page.

How do I learn more about renting conference space?
conference room in the Campbell Graduate Engineering CenterFrom small conference rooms to the large AT&T Auditorium, the CU-ICAR campus is a wonderful venue for your next event. Please visit this page for information on rental options, rates and policies.

Can you provide directions to the CU-ICAR campus?
The CU-ICAR campus is located just off Interstate 85. Drivers should take exit 48A East (US 276 East, Laurens Road) toward Mauldin. At the next light, turn left on Millennium Boulevard, the main road through the CU-ICAR campus. Drive for about one mile and then turn left onto Research Drive, located just past the railroad tracks. Once on Research Drive, take the first left and then make a right-hand turn into the AutoPark garage. The Campbell Graduate Center is located just across the street from the parking garage. Visitors should enter the building by walking up the ramp to the second floor.

GPS address:  4 Research Drive
                     Greenville, SC 29607

Please download this map for directions from Greenville Spartanburg Airport (GSP) to the Campbell Center.

Is it possible to rent lab space and equipment for an outside project?
Yes. There are a number of engineering services, including rentals, for details please watch the video below and visit the engineering services section of the CU-ICAR site.



Do your students need internships? How would my company get involved?
All automotive engineering students are required to complete a six-month internship either by working in industry or participating in Deep Orange.  If your company is interested in offering an internship to our students, please review our detailed procedure. Angela McBride is happy to assist with this process.