Cars are increasingly more automated, connected, and electrified.  Reflecting these changes, automotive supplier Delphi wants to help grow the pipeline to the best talent in the industry, making sure students have the support they need to succeed in college. The technological advances in the automotive industry provide opportunity for students in a variety of disciplines to find enriching careers, and Delphi seeks to hire more students in the areas of electrical and computer engineering, and computer science, in addition to traditional needs for mechanical engineers.

Delphi’s Peter Olin and Carilee Moran recently met with students from six student design teams to announce Delphi’s gift of $35,000 to sponsor the teams and provide scholarship support. The teams to receive funding include:

MHybrid Racing – hybrid race car

MAAV – autonomous aerial vehicle

UM-Autonomy – autonomous boat

Michigan Mars Rover – autonomous extraterrestrial vehicle

MRacing Formula SAE – formula SAE race car

SPARK Electric Motorcycle Racing – completely electric motorcycle

These teams design and build vehicles that compete around the country and around the world. Sponsorship support helps the teams develop and build their vehicles, and team sponsors also assist the teams with technology and expertise. The teams are composed of students from various engineering disciplines as well other schools and colleges across U-M’s campus.

Nathan Tattrie, Mechanical Engineering student on the SPARK Electric Racing team shared some of the challenges the teams face: “Being able to find company representatives can be difficult for an up-and-coming team. We sometimes lack the network to initially establish professional connections. With our new partnership with Delphi, we are closer to funding and building our next project.

After touring the Wilson Student Team Center, home to more than 30 student teams, Pete Olin told the teams, “We really value the hands-on experience students get on these teams and we want to get involved to provide support however we can.”

"We really value the kinds of experience you get on these teams. We understand and want to get involved."

Pete Olin, Chief Engineer, Advanced Engineering Americas Delphi Automotive

Being able to find company representatives can be difficult for an up-and-coming team. We sometimes lack the network to initially establish professional connections. University of Michigan’s Business Engagement Center provides great opportunities like the April, 2017’s event with Delphi in the Wilson Center that greatly help U-M build teams. With our new partnership with Delphi, we are closer to funding and building our next project.

Nathan Renn TattrieJunior, Mechanical Engineering