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To celebrate International Women's Day, carmaker Hyundai has introduced the Hyundai Women in STEM Scholarship to help the next generation of women leaders. The scholarship seeks to help close the gender gap in the engineering, mobility and autonomous driving  fields by awarding female students interested in pursuing an education and career in those disciplines. Five female STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students will each receive a $10,000 college scholarship. "At Hyundai, we understand that building a better future starts with investing in the young women inventing it today," said Angela Zepeda, CMO, Hyundai Motor America. "We hope this scholarship program helps funnel more women into the STEM fields, resulting in a significant impact to the gender gap that still exists today."  Students seeking to participate in the scholarship scheme must be high school seniors or undergraduate students who are female, reside in the United States and wish to pursue a STEM-related field of education. Eligible students can apply for the award by writing an essay of 500 words or more on why they chose to pursue a STEM-related field and what drives them to be better. Applications are open until June 30, 2020. Check out the latest autonomous vehicle industry jobs here.
In an industry where new jobs are being created every day, could this be the C-Suite role of the future? Michigan's Governor signed an executive measure this week creating an Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and, with it, the creation of a new 'Chief Mobility Officer' role. Governor Gretchen Whitmer set out her vision for securing Michigan's continued global leadership in both the automotive manufacturing and mobility sectors in remarks delivered at the 2020 MICHAuto Summit in Detroit. The governor has signed two measures - one creating the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and the designation of a Chief Mobility Officer to head the office, and a second creating the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification. “In the state that put the world on wheels and that’s home to some of the most innovative, driven workers on the planet, we must continue to work to solidify Michigan as a global leader in mobility,” said Whitmer. “That’s why we’re harnessing our resources in state government to ensure Michigan remains the go-to state to build, test, and deploy the cars of the future. I’m excited to work with leaders in the Office of Future Mobility to build on the progress we’ve seen in the last year and cement our status as a hub for innovation and opportunity in the automotive sector.” Send me Driverless Weekly Email With states across the US competing for leadership in the mobility sector, Michigan believes it has an advantage thanks to an ecosystem positioned to meet the challenges and opportunities afforded by future mobility. It boasts an abundance of engineering talent , a deep automotive manufacturing heritage, elite research universities and the world's first public-private partnership dedicated to advancing mobility. The Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification will be charged with leading the strategic coordination of all mobility-related initiatives across state government, including economic development, workforce development, and infrastructure efforts, to secure Michigan’s status as a global leader in autonomous, connected, electric, and shared future mobility. The office will also seek to facilitate increased collaboration between public and private sector partners, using public/private partnerships to drive mobility solutions in the state and boost Michigan's competitiveness in the field of mobility. Meanwhile, the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification will replace the Council on Future Mobility, and will provide annual recommendations on changes in state policy to the governor, legislature and the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. In doing so, it will work to position Michigan as the world leader in future mobility, including autonomous and connected vehicle technology, electric powertrain technology and charging infrastructure, and shared and transit mobility options. Bryan Salesky, co-founder and CEO of Argo AI, said: “Initiatives like these are key to keeping Michigan at the forefront of the future of mobility. The deep pools of talent and manufacturing capacity in Michigan are two of the biggest reasons why we’re so proud to operate in this state.” “General Motors applauds Governor Whitmer’s measures to propel the State’s mobility leadership forward,” said Brian O’Connell, General Motors regional director, state government relations. “Michigan will continue to play a key role in our commitment to advance the future of mobility as evidenced in our recent announcements to create the first all-electric GM assembly and manufacture a variety of electric vehicles, including the self-driving Origin, in our backyard. Leveraging our capabilities and Research & Development leadership, we look forward to working with the State to create an all-electric future.” Check out the latest autonomous vehicle industry jobs here.
Local Motors has teamed up with California's Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) to provide an opportunity for students interested in automotive careers to engage in technical education around shared, electric autonomous vehicles. Pittsburg High School will become the first automotive programme in the state, and possibly the US, to provide students with hands-on experience while they learn about autonomous vehicle maintenance and repair. Local Motors – the creator of the world's first 3D-printed car and the maker behind Olli, a low-speed, electric, autonomous vehicle – will donate one of its Olli shuttles to Pittsburg High School's new advanced auto shop program. In addition to the vehicle, Local Motors will make the technical experts on its engineering team available to periodically mentor Pittsburg High School auto shop instructors and students. Pittsburg High School's tech-centric advanced auto shop programme is expected to begin later this year. The advanced auto programme is part of California's K12 Strong Workforce Program grant received by the school district, in partnership with CCTA, aimed at engaging youth in technical education, sparking interest in the transportation industry and exposing them to autonomous and electric vehicle maintenance and repair. "The future of transportation is already here, and Contra Costa County is on the leading edge," said CCTA Executive Director Randell Iwasaki. "CCTA has long been a vanguard to test Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAVs) as well as secure government permission to allow SAVs on public roads. What we don't have is a trained workforce to support this emerging industry sector. CCTA is committed to supporting the development of a workforce with the training and skills to sustain a new era of transportation." Send me Driverless Weekly Email Local Motors began testing Olli, its low-speed, electric shuttle, at GoMentum Station – the automated vehicle proving grounds co-founded by CCTA – in October. During this time, executives learned of the need for private industry partners to support Pittsburg High School's program in the form of 'in-kind', material, or monetary donations. "Joining the effort to prepare Pittsburg High School youth is our way of getting involved and giving back to the Contra Costa County community," said Local Motors President Vikrant Aggarwal. "The advanced auto program is a unique opportunity for students to engage in technical career education that is immediately practical and a strategic way to participate in the autonomous vehicle revolution." "Thanks to CCTA's dedication and Local Motors' generosity, Pittsburg High School will be the first automotive program in California to offer a curriculum of this kind," said the school's Principal, Todd Whitmire. "By the time our students get all the way through our program, their resume will be robust enough to be able to compete with professionals applying for the same entry-to-mid-level type of jobs, they will have had training and experience in employability (soft) skills, and they will have had professional mentoring. Those who complete the program will be workforce ready and part of the solution for traffic congestion, environmental pollution and poor air quality." Check out the latest autonomous vehicle industry jobs here.
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