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September 15, 2016

Thanks to a generous gift from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Detroit Mercy's SAE Supermileage vehicle team will be better equipped to test engine modifications.

Jack Dolan ’86 in Mechanical Engineering and FCA executive presented an $11,000 check to support automotive engineering education at Detroit Mercy on September 15.

“With this gift, students will be able to measure the output of engine modifications using a dynamometer,” said Dr. Nassif Rayess, associate dean of Engineering & Science.  “Our supermileage team is very grateful for this gift as they continue to build a competitive supermileage vehicle.”

FCA check presentation

The new equipment will be housed in the new Center for Automotive Systems Engineering Education.

The 5,200-square-foot Center is designed to foster student teamwork on collaborative projects including competitive vehicle design, robotics and autonomous vehicle development. 

It will also allow undergraduate and graduate students to participate in faculty-mentored research projects.

Additional funding came from corporations, foundations and Detroit Mercy alumni.

The Center will be officially dedication on Sept. 30, 2016, as part of Detroit Mercy’s Homecoming weekend.

View more photographs from the event.

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