Windsor, Ontario – A new university program involving Chrysler and Fiat will have students studying in both Ontario and Italy on cutting-edge research and development projects.
The University of Windsor and the Rector of Politecnico di Torino have signed a collaborative agreement that will see students participating in a two-year Masters program.
University of Windsor students will spend their first year in Windsor, Ontario, studying vehicle, virtual simulation and powertrain engineering, and manufacturing process management. The second year will be spent in Turin, taking courses and working on a research and development project determined by the student, Fiat, and an academic advisor. Italian students will spend their first year at their home university and a second year studying at the Ontario university, completing a thesis project at the University of Windsor-Chrysler Automotive Research and Development Centre. Upon completion of their studies, students will have earned both a Masters of Applied Science degree from the University of Windsor, and a Laurea Magistrale degree from Politecnico di Torino.
The objective of the program is to offer participants a complete and international education that addresses the challenges and new strategies in the auto industry and the requirements of the automotive engineering profession. Students who complete the program will have solid professional training, linguistic proficiency and the practical experience necessary to work in a competitive global environment.
Chrysler and Fiat will support research projects and provide the space, research tools, equipment and personnel needed to supervise the work of five top graduate students from each university. Students will be selected by a committee on the basis of academic qualifications and program suitability. The program is expected to be offered beginning in September 2011.