September 7, 2006
General Motors and University of Michigan establish collaborative research lab
Detroit, Michigan – General Motors and the University of Michigan College of Engineering have launched a new US$2.9 million collaborative research laboratory on the U-M campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Researchers at the lab will work jointly to develop mechamatronics, GM’s new approach to designing and evaluating systems that combine mechanisms, smart materials and electronics.
The five-year Smart Materials and Structures Collaborative Research Laboratory (SMS CRL) will operate as an extension of GM’s Global Research and Development network. Research done at the lab will lay the scientific foundation to generate ideas for products that could be used in real-world applications. Benefits to smart materials and structures include design flexibility, reduction in vehicle mass, reduced cost and more reliable devices.