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Clemson Student Receives $20K for Research to Boost Vehicle Efficiency

Brandt Ruszkiewicz (left) works with another graduate student on one of Hitachi’s microscopes at the Advanced Materials Research Laboratories. Photo by Clemson University.

Clemson University graduate student Brandt Ruszkiewicz has been named this year’s Hitachi High Technologies Fellow. Ruszkiewicz, who is pursuing a doctorate in automotive engineering at Greenville’s Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, will receive $20,000 to put toward his research to make cars lighter and more fuel-efficient. “Brandt has incredible potential for technical and research leadership in a key economic area,” said Laine Mears, BMW SmartState chair in automotive manufacturing at Clemson University. “He is creative, competent, and excited to define and execute research. We need his input to make future lightweight vehicle designs realizable.” Ruszkiewicz is the fourth Hitachi High Technologies Fellow since the program began in 2014. He uses Hitachi electron microscopes at Clemson to examine how 7000-series aluminum, the strongest type commercially […]


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