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Creating the Cars of Today and Tomorrow: EngenuitySC’s Science Café with Dr. Paul Venhovens, May 13, 2014 at Speakeasy

April 10, 2014 (COLUMBIA, S.C): Learn about the latest innovations at Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), one of the world’s most buzz-worthy automotive engineering facilities, at EngenuitySC’s popular Science Café series on May 13, 2014 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with Dr. Paul Venhovens.

(Note: Dr. Venhovens was originally scheduled to speak at Science Café on February 11, but it was cancelled due to inclement weather.)

Dr. Venhovens is the SmartState BMW Endowed Chair in Automotive Systems Integration at Clemson University and a leader in the field of automotive systems integration.

His talk will cover The Deep Orange initiative at Clemson, which focuses on producing a new vehicle prototype each year. Each project incorporates integrating breakthrough product innovations and new processes – providing the automotive engineering students with hands-on experience in vehicle design, engineering, prototyping and production. More information on Deep Orange: http://www.cuicardeeporange.com.

At CU-ICAR, Dr. Venhovens’ research focuses on the testing of vehicle systems and their components to ensure efficient and safe operation. His research addresses the increasingly complex needs of the worldwide automotive industry as a growing number of sophisticated electronic and mechanical systems must be seamlessly integrated in vehicles. More information on Dr. Venhovens: http://smartstatesc.org/paul-venhovens

The purpose of Science Café is for curious souls to engage their ideas and each other over a cold beverage and warm camaraderie. It is a forum for debating science issues where we dive deep into the research, the philosophies and ethics, and the applications of cutting-edge research. The monthly talks are a real discussion about real issues with real people. For more information and to register for free admission (and perks) at the next Science Café, visit http://www.engenuitysc.com/sciencecafe.

About Science Café

EngenuitySC hosts Science Café at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, featuring informal presentations by some of South Carolina’s top leaders in science and technology in a casual atmosphere. Guests enjoy networking and a cash bar with high quality beer, wine and cocktails at Speakeasy in Five Points, a comfortable, pub-style environment with couches and expert mixologists behind the bar. Patrons have the opportunity to discuss the latest knowledge economy topics with SmartState Program™ Endowed Chairs in a relaxed environment that encourages questions, interruptions and discussion. 

About EngenuitySC

Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., EngenuitySC is a public-private partnership focused on enhancing our region’s economic competitiveness and prosperity. Through collaboration with business, government, higher education and community leaders, EngenuitySC builds partnerships and measures success around five indicators of competitive communities: innovative capacity, talent, entrepreneurial/business environment, livability and strong industry clusters. Through our innovative process, unique vision and ability to create a plan and deliver results, EngenuitySC is working to build a more competitive and prosperous Midlands region. For more information, visit http://www.engenuitysc.com.

About the SmartState Program™

The SmartState Program™ serves the public interest by creating incentives for the state’s research universities, in cooperation with other institutions of higher education in the state, to raise capital from non-state sources to fund endowments for specialized research professorships.  These professorships in turn serve as the nucleus for unique, university-based research centers which cultivate critical, public-private industrial partnerships, expand the state’s knowledge base, create well-paying jobs, and enhance economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for the people of South Carolina. For more information, visit http://www.SmartStateSC.org.

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Contact: Tracie Broom, Flock and Rally, 415.235.5718, tracie@flockandrally.com

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