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YSU AND DELPHI PACKARD Research pact offers edge



Published: Thu, February 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The agreement will enhance YSU students' education and provide Delphi Packard with fresh ideas.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State University and Delphi Packard officials have established a research partnership.

David C. Sweet, YSU president; Peter Kasvinsky, dean of YSU's School of Graduate Studies and Research; and Stephen V. Duca, Delphi Packard Electric's director of global engineering, signed academic partnership agreements Wednesday to formalize the development of current and future collaborative research projects.

"Delphi is very pleased to have a partnership in place with YSU to work on some very important and practical technologies for the automotive industry," Duca said. "By combining the knowledge base of Packard's engineers with fresh ideas from YSU students and professors, I think we have the opportunity for many new discoveries in the field of engineering. And as a YSU graduate, I am very proud to be involved in developing this relationship and helping to further education."

Option to extend

The two-year agreement has the option of being extended at the end of 2006 or a new agreement could be developed between YSU and Delphi Corp.'s Packard Electric Division, which could have global implications for research conducted at the university.

"I am extremely pleased to have these agreements in place," Kasvinsky said. "Through the Academic Partnership Master Agreement, we have defined the working relationship that needs to be in place to allow for an open and collaborative approach to joint research and development by employees of Delphi and YSU. The second agreement is a specific research project that is permitted by having the master agreement in place. I am certain that this is only the first of a large number of projects that YSU will have the opportunity to be involved with."

Research under way

Jalal Jalali, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering, and three engineering students have been working on the first research project for Delphi, testing the accuracy and effectiveness of electronic signals and data transmitted between computers in automobiles. The team could conduct research (testing, math-based modeling and simulation) on, for example, the car's signals and data transmission medium in the automotive entertainment system, information systems and vehicle control systems.

"This new initiative with Delphi Packard Electric is yet another example of their generosity to and partnerships with the College of Engineering and Technology at YSU," said Cynthia Hirtzel, dean of the college.

"Last year, they initiated the first annual 'Delphi Packard/YSU /F.I.R.S.T. Scholarship' for a student who competes in the Delphi-sponsored F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Contest."

Hirtzel also recognized Delphi for donating a Scanning Electron Microscope to the college last year.

For more information on the new agreement,contact Jalali at (330) 941-3012 or visit www.eng.ysu.edu/-programs/ecegr/index.htm




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