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Corporate sponsorships create learning opportunities for students

Students discuss their projects for the IGVC competition at Oakland University under a yellow tent
Two men check an intelligent ground vehicle at the IGVC competition at Oakland University
Close up of a moving robot on the field

Cutting Edge

icon of a calendarNovember 15, 2017

icon of a pencilBy Emell Derra Adolphus

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Each year, corporate sponsorships serve an integral role at Oakland University in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC). IGVC is a multidisciplinary design experience that is at the very cutting edge of engineering education. This year was a record year for IGVC at Oakland with more than $90,000 in sponsorships supporting the competition, run in cooperation with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

With this generous support, Oakland University is able to provide engineering students from around the world with a four-day event of design presentations, robotic challenges and a student showcase of unmanned vehicle mobility. It presents opportunities to engage with fellow competitors, faculty and industry leaders in search of breakthroughs and innovation.

Next summer, IGVC will celebrate its 26th anniversary as an international contest that attracts local industry leaders and students from across the country to Oakland University.

“The technologies involved in the IGVC come from a wide range of disciplines and are those of great current interest in both industry and engineering education,” says Anthonie Burke, development officer for the School of Engineering and Computer Science. “This exciting robotics contest provides engineering students from around the world with opportunities to engage with fellow competitors, faculty and industry leaders in a weekend of design presentations, robotic challenges and a student showcase of unmanned vehicle mobility.”

For more information about Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition industrial sponsorships, please contact Anthonie Burke at aburke2@oakland.edu.

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