Company: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the Italian-American multinational corporation and the world's eighth largest auto maker.
Contact: Roberto Schor, product development engineer.
In early 2016, FCA managers contacted the Center for Automobile Research (CAR) following the launch of a new facility in Recife, the fifth-largest city in the Brazil and the capital of the State of Pernambuco. The managers were investing a significant amount of time and resources to adequately train their new workforce.
Through a unique public-private partnership with a local organization, CESAR, and the State of Pernambuco, CAR provided engineering education via distance learning to employees of the new FCA facility in Brazil. The program included topics such as hybrid electric vehicles, batteries and energy storage technologies, and modeling and simulation.
“We had an experience that was very similar to that of a students on campus. At the end of the program, we applied our knowledge to a final project correlated to the real project we had to perform at FCA,” said Schor.