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Automotive Engineering Alumni

alumni home pageOne of the best ways to measure the success of a program is to look at the accomplishments of its alumni. We’re thrilled to report that nearly 99 percent of our graduates work in industry or academia. This high employment rate and your individual successes give us much to be proud of.

We have dedicated this section of our site to you. You will find

  • A contact form that allows you to update your information
  • Information on how to get involved with the department
  • General information about department alumni

In the future, we look forward to adding an alumni newsletter, profiles, and other items that will be important to you. If you have feedback on what you would like to see on the site, please get in touch with our Student Services Coordinator.

Distinguished Alumni Award Information

The Department of Automotive Engineering is thrilled to continue recognizing our alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award. This award recognizes distinguished alumni from AuE for their accomplishments in the auto industry or academia. Winners will have travel and accommodations covered by the department to our annual Fellowship Ceremony in October. This award is open to all alumni, regardless of current job position. Self-nominations or external nominations will be accepted.

Past Recipients

  • 2021: Dr. Saeed Farahani
  • 2020: Dr. Wesley Salandro
  • 2019: Dr. Kavit Antani


  1. 2 letters of recommendation: 1st from a current or past supervisor, 2nd from a colleague or former AuE faculty
  2. An updated CV/resume
  3. A personal statement indicating why the individual is deserving of the distinguished alumni award, no more than 1 page in length

Get Involved

There are several ways for alumni to get involved with the Department of Automotive Engineering.

Work with leaders in your company to offer an internship to a current student
Mentor a current student
Set up a tour to bring current students to your company
Share open job openings with current students

Host an alumni event at your company
Share job openings with fellow alumni

Make a donation to the department
Help with student recruitment efforts
Talk to leaders in your company about the labs and professional services available at CU-ICAR
Talk to your employer about supporting research at CU-ICAR
Contact Dr. Zoran Filipi for more information on departmental initiatives. For CU-ICAR initiatives, contact Suzanne Dickerson.

Update Your Contact Information

This form is for graduates of the automotive engineering program. We can keep you updated about events, departmental happenings, and other important news by sharing your contact information with us.
We will not sell your information or share it with outside entities.

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Alumni Factoids

Since the program's first graduates crossed the stage in August of 2009, 255 students have graduated with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Automotive Engineering.

As of June 2015, over 99 percent of the department's alumni are using their degrees in industry or academia. Of those employed graduates, 23 percent are located in South Carolina. This shows that graduates no longer have to leave the state to find well-paying, knowledge-based employment.

Our graduates are contributing to the success of automotive companies such as...
American Axle and Manufacturing
Bertrandt AG
BMW Manufacturing Co.
CNH America
Daimler Trucks North America
John Deere
Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs
Plastic Omnium
Rousch Industries

Roush Yates Racing
Tesla Motors