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Written by: Tim MacFarlan | Posted 29 March 2016 17:18

University of Bath academic to represent the UK

A University of Bath academic has been appointed to a new advisory board of leading international automotive experts.

Professor Chris Brace has been named UK representative on the Academic Advisory Board created by the international organisation for the automotive engineering profession, FISITA.

The aim of the board is to increase collaboration between the automotive industry and academia.

The FISITA Academic Advisory Board held its first meeting on March 21. Academics from five leading universities in the UK, Germany, China, Australia and the U.S. will regularly engage with FISITA and its members to collaborate and share their expertise and develop mutually beneficial development plans.

Chris, who is Professor of automotive propulsion and deputy director of the university’s Powertrain & Vehicle Research Centre (PVRC), said: “I am honoured to have been invited to join the FISITA Academic Advisory Board. It is evident the positive impact that can be achieved when the automotive industry and universities collaborate on a global basis.

“At the University of Bath, our engagement with the automotive industry is extensive and is a crucial component of our undergraduate teaching.

“More than 65 per cent of our engineering students undertake an industrial placement year and our innovative Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Engineering degree has proven extremely popular with students and employers alike. 

“I am looking forward to contributing to the success of this board and working with international colleagues to strengthen the automotive engineering industry’s link with academia across the world.”

For more than four decades Bath’s PVRC has been conducting prize-winning automotive research and has delivered nearly 100 business-led experimental projects worth £24m over the last 20 years.

Chris Mason, CEO of FISITA and Academic Advisory Board co-chair, said: “We are delighted to launch the FISITA Academic Advisory Board , a key element of FISITA’s long-term strategic plan to build on the established relations between FISITA members and academia. “The automotive industry is embarking upon its most significant transformation to date as it reshapes into the mobility sector of the future. We are increasingly aware of our members need to for a coordinated and close working relationship with a network of universities around the world in order to ensure the technical expertise required to meet with future mobility demands is met.” The new board is one of number of activities through which FISITA supports the professional development of engineers, through its membership link with automotive engineering societies and corporate organisations.

FISITA promotes the automotive/mobility sector as a career pathway of choice and supports engineers throughout their career journey through a number of education initiatives.

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