“This investment in Canadian higher education, further signals our strong commitment to ensure engineering students are well prepared for the integral role they will play in society,” said Reid Bigland, president and CEO, Chrysler Canada, in a statement.
“Science and technology is the lifeblood of our future, working with the University of Windsor, we will develop creative thinkers who will serve as the engine of innovation for generations to come.”
The Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation will become the new home of the Faculty of Engineering when it opens this September. Spanning 300,000 square feet, it will not only increase the size and scope of the university’s engineering facilities, but it will set a new standard for teaching and learning with state-of-the-art technology to dramatically enhance the experience of students and faculty alike. It will offer more than 80 teaching and research labs, as well as a 20,000 square foot Industrial Courtyard, which will be the flagship of several joint industry and academic research spaces across campus.
Chrysler Canada has already invested more than $500 million in operating and capital for the University of Windsor/Chrysler Canada Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC), which was established in 1996.
Last year, Chrysler Group developed a Joint International Degree Program in Automotive Engineering in conjunction with the University of Windsor and Politecnico di Torino. This joint Master’s Degree agreement will see graduate students from both educational institutions participate in a two-year program, working on research and development projects with Chrysler and Fiat.