In an effort to procure the best and brightest ideas and recruit top students studying for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, General Motors has joined the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University (CARS). GM’s senior vice president of Global Product Development Mary Barra confirmed the membership on Friday May 17th, after visiting the Stanford School of Engineering and speaking to faculty, students, and researchers. Coincidentally, Barra earned a degree from Stanford — which GM uses to recruit engineering and business talent.
“Joining the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford is a natural fit for GM,” Barra said. “In order to create the world’s best vehicles, we make every effort to remain on the cutting edge of automotive development. Our membership in CARS will allow us both to expand and share our knowledge with students, faculty and industry partners as we work together to move the industry forward.”
GM joins other automakers and automotive suppliers by joining CARS — a community of faculty and students from a variety of disciplines intended to discover, build, and deploy critical ideas and innovations for the next-generation of cars and drivers. The organization provides shared resources for research, teaching, and student project teams as well as new educational initiatives across many research centers, including the law and business schools.
“GM is dedicated to helping develop the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals and advancing the industry,” Barra said. “The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford offers us not only the chance to contribute to the education of future leaders, but also cultivate new and creative vehicle technology solutions.”
The CARS membership reinforces The General’s long-standing relationship with Stanford, according to a press release from the automaker.