THE THOMAS D. LARSON


PENNSYLVANIA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE

Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center

Established in October 1998 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) program focuses on accelerating progress in the development and use of cutting-edge automotive technologies. A core curriculum of interdisciplinary courses provides a comprehensive, hands-on education and research environment for Penn State graduate students and automotive industry participants. The Penn State Laboratory focuses primarily on hybrid and electric vehicle systems, fuel cells, and high-power, high-efficiency, in-vehicle energy storage.

The U.S. Department of Energy funds student fellowships through the center, while the director pursues research, education, and outreach projects in which to involve the students. A faculty board assists in the selection of fellows and their curriculum.

The GATE Program employs the resources of the Larson Institute's Vehicle Systems and Safety Program and the College of Engineering, including the Departments of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, and Engineering Science and Mechanics; the College of Earth and Mineral Science's Department of Materials Science and Engineering; and the Center for Dielectric Studies at the Penn State Materials Research Laboratory. A core curriculum of interdisciplinary courses provides a comprehensive, hands-on education and research environment for Penn State graduate students and automotive industry participants.

By providing theoretical and practical training, Penn State and the other GATE Programs will help build a workforce of skilled automotive engineers unparalleled anywhere in the world. For more information, contact Joel R. Anstrom, 814-863-8904, jra2@psu.edu.