To address the emerging workforce and educational needs of the U.S. automotive industry for the advanced vehicular technologies, such as electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), this REU program provides research training and mentoring to undergraduate students. The program is based at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).
This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is a 10 week program for undergraduate students from around the nation who have completed at least their 2nd year in a science or engineering field. The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Defense (DOD) Assure Program. Each student chooses a project in the multidisciplinary field of hybrid electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (HEV/PHEV) and will be guided by an engineering mentor. The objectives of the program are to train undergraduates in basic research through challenging HEV/PHEV-related engineering projects, expose them to the broader impacts of their research with lectures from experts and tours of facilities and integrate ethics discussion and training into all aspects of the student experience.