MSU Automotive Research in Detroit

Michigan State University researchers in Detroit’s Corktown are exploring ways to use composite materials to make automobiles lighter and more fuel-efficient. The Department of Energy tapped MSU to lead a large-scale manufacturing facility, the MSU Center of Excellence, part of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). This collaboration between the government, private sector, and research universities will lead to innovation across the auto industry—a vital part of Michigan’s economy.

Larry Drzal is the director of the MSU Michigan Center of Excellence and University Distinguished Professor of chemical engineering and materials science. Ray Boeman is an MSU researcher and associate director for IACMI’s Vehicle Technology Area.

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