The Volvo Group North America’s model for Academic Preferred Partnership highlights how universities and corporations can work together to solve real-world challenges and improve the lives of people around the globe.
Associate Vice President for Research and Director of the Office of Industrial Partnerships at Penn State
Back in 2009, Penn State University began an experiment with Volvo Group North America that now, a decade later, is considered a national model for the development and sustainability of a holistic approach to corporate engagement.
Today, the Volvo Group and Penn State are building on that world-class model by extending their relationship with the execution of a new, three-year agreement to expand research and innovative solutions for logistics, supply chain, and transportation – further cementing Penn State as the Volvo Group’s only Academic Preferred Partner (APP) for Research in the United States.
What began as a partnership focused on efficient-energy solutions for sustainable transport and automation for intelligent vehicles, including a Battery-Use and-Aging Research Project, now will include innovation for many emerging technologies, such as connected vehicles and artificial intelligence.
“The Volvo Group is an industry leader in technology innovation – so as logistics, supply chain and transportation technologies and demands rapidly transform, it’s important for us to understand the unique innovations and implications of that change so we continue to advance opportunities for our customers,” said Chris Smith, vice president quality and customer satisfaction, Volvo Group North America and a 1987 mechanical engineering graduate from the Penn State College of Engineering.
Highlights of the Penn State – Volvo relationship include:
The new APP agreement also expands opportunities for talent and learning among Penn State students and continuous learning for employees.
“The Penn State-Volvo relationship is incredibly important, because it represents a unique partnership that has not only endured, but continues to thrive,” said Jeff Fortin, associate vice president for research and director of the Office of Industrial Partnerships at Penn State. “The Volvo Group North America’s model for Academic Preferred Partnership highlights how universities and corporations can work together to solve real-world challenges and improve the lives of people around the globe.”
For more information about holistic corporate engagement at Penn State, please contact the Corporate Engagement Center.