Clemson University announced a multi-year collaboration with AT&T at the Greenville-based Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). The partnership represents an investment by AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) of more than $2.4 million in the unique research campus since its inception in 2003.
“CU-ICAR is an investment in the future of our state and region,” said Clemson President James F. Barker. “By leveraging the strengths of Clemson’s engineering programs and the automotive expertise present in our state, we can, with AT&T’s continuing partnership, enhance economic development, educate tomorrow’s engineers today, and bring more good jobs and high technology expertise to South Carolina and South Carolina residents.”
AT&T’s multi-year gift includes both financial contributions from AT&T Inc. and the AT&T Foundation, the company’s corporate philanthropy organization, as well as infrastructure support. Clemson also announced that the auditorium in the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center will be named the AT&T Auditorium. The Campbell Center is home to master’s and doctoral degree programs in automotive engineering. It is the anchor of CU-ICAR Technology Neighborhood One, the first area of the 250-acre campus to be developed.
“In South Carolina, we compete in a global marketplace, and maximizing our opportunities is vital to our success and that of the next generation. CU-ICAR takes that challenge seriously. It builds upon the existing strengths of our great state, developing new ideas, new products and services and a new generation of high technology workers,” said AT&T South Carolina President Pamela Lackey. “We are pleased to be a part of CU-ICAR and its work and mission and look forward to the collaboration announced today for our future.”
At the preview of the AT&T Auditorium that is designed to showcase the automobile, guests were invited to view the Number 31 AT&T Chevrolet, which is driven competitively by Jeff Burton of Richard Childress Racing. The race car is the first car to be displayed at the auditorium.