General Motors Mexico has opened a new research laboratory for students at Arkansas State University’s Campus Querétaro in central Mexico.
The new research space, officially called the Advanced and Collaborative Engineering Laboratory, will help train the GM supplier base, but will also be available to university students and others in the engineering industry. GM says the first phase will feature 12 work stations with various digital software, with a second phase planned that will add 10 more work stations for a total of 22.
Software available on the workstations will include CAD software (Computer Aided Design), CAM (Manufacturing Aided Engineering) and CAE (Computer Aided Engineering).
The automaker said the opening of the Advanced and Collaborative Engineering Laboratory, “reaffirms its commitment to the development of its supplier base.” For its part, Arkansas State University is happy to have a place where it can continue to foster the engineering talents of tomorrow.
“At Arkansas State University Campus Querétaro, we understand that building the future of education is believing in innovation, emphasizing the link with private initiative, where the specialized knowledge of our partners and the latest generation technology is capitalized to develop the talent that will create the engineering products of the future, ” Chairman of the Arkansas State University Querétaro campus, Ricardo Gonzalez, said in a translated statement.
“This innovative laboratory is the first project with the university after the signing of the collaboration agreement that we carried out a little over a year ago and that today, has generated important results such as the training of more than 4 thousand members of our chain of suppliers, ” added GM Mexico president and CEO Ernesto M. Hernández.