CHONGQING - On Friday, Ford Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Ford Research and Innovation Paul Mascarenas addressed the 2013 graduating class of Chongqing University (CQU) in Chongqing, China, as well as received an honorary doctorate from the institution.
Please click here to read the remarks presented by Mascarenas at the graduation event.
Ford formed a formal alliance with the university in 2008 to expand Ford’s presence in Chongqing and support Ford’s local and global needs in research, education and recruiting. CQU was the first university in the country to collaborate with Ford Motor Company. Recent Ford-CQU alliance projects include:
• Power generation pathways to meet vehicle electrification in China requirements and global CO2 stabilization targets
• Infrastructure development requirements for vehicle electrification in China
• Microstructures characterization and mechanical property control of aluminum alloy sheets after resistance spot welding
• Evaluation and development of aluminum alloy sheets for automobile applications
• Joint research and development of processing and welding key technologies of aluminum alloy sheets for automobile applications
• Development of durability models of plastic fuel tank materials
Over the next five years, the company plans to focus on strengthening the hub and spoke relationships between Ford Product Development centers and universities across the globe.
The Asia Pacific region plays an important role in that plan, specifically the collaborative efforts in China.
Other Ford collaborative university institutions include Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Tsinghua University and the Beijing Institute of Science and Technology.
"Chinese universities are rapidly growing in their capability and sophistication. We plan to increase collaborative university activities in China and CQU is an important part of our strategy,” said Ed Krause, global manager, External Alliances, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering.