On Oct. 28, The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research will host friends and the community-at-large to celebrate their first 25 years and to experience first-hand the influential research and education they perform daily.
From its origin as a concept in the minds of leaders at Honda, Transportation Research Center, the State of Ohio and The Ohio State University, the center has evolved since 1991 to become an internationally-recognized research hub in sustainable and safe mobility. CAR was founded when leaders from these institutions established the Transportation Research Endowment Program, which called for a dedicated Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State.
“There was a dream,” says Scott Whitlock, former senior vice president of Honda of America Manufacturing and a key player in establishing CAR. “The dream was that The Ohio State University would become a world-wide leader in transportation research and in the creation of engineers and leaders in the automotive industry.”
Anniversary event activities will include facility tours, up-close looks at the award-winning student project vehicles (including the land speed record-holding Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3), student and faculty interaction, music, food and an appearance by THE Brutus Buckeye.
WHAT: Center for Automotive Research 25th Anniversary Celebration Open House
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 28, 3 to 8 p.m.
3 to 5 p.m.: Family-friendly STEM events, including viewing laboratories and vehicles, meeting students
and a visit by Brutus Buckeye
4 p.m.: Official celebration ceremony with Ohio State officials, esteemed guests
5 to 8 p.m.: Celebrations and networking, with food and beverages
WHERE: Center for Automotive Research, 930 Kinnear Road, Columbus
Information for this story was provided by The Ohio State University.