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MSME (Auto Emphasis) in collaboration with University of Alabama, USA
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral levels. Established as an extension center of the University of Alabama in the mid-1930s, UAB became an autonomous campus in 1969. In the four decades since, this young, dynamic university has driven the social, cultural, and economic revival of Birmingham and has evolved into a world-renowned research university and medical center.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UAB is strategically focused on High Fidelity Simulations and Associated Enabling Technologies with contributions in CFD, CSM, Mesh Generation & adaptation and HPC applicable to wide spectrum of multi-scale (micro/nano - Macro - Continuum) applications including Injury Biomechanics, structural dynamics, composites materials, fuel cell research and aerodynamics simulations associated with automotive engineering. The automotive industry in Alabama State has expanded exponentially in the past 10 years. Alabama is the second largest automotive manufacturing state in the United States, following Michigan. There are automotive manufacturers or suppliers in all areas of the state including Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Mercedes Benz, and Kia all within 75 miles radius. There are also several other automotive-related industries and suppliers.

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The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between University of Alabama, USA and ARAI, Pune was signed on 8 June 2009. The MoU reflects the promotion and development of collaborative research programs, academic and cultural exchange programs and other cooperative activities and assistance in areas of mutual interest and benefit. The area within this programme of cooperation includes the following:

1. Conduction of Post Graduate and Doctoral Programs;
2. Exchange of academic staff and researchers;
3. Exchange of students;
4. Collaborative research and joint academic meetings;
5. Exchange of documentation, research materials, publications and information in fields of mutual interest;
Development, organization and hosting of joint academic and cultural symposia, conferences, workshops and meetings;
Exchange of information, advice and assistance relating to areas of mutual interest including, but not limited to, research activities, obtaining grants and funding, technology transfer and research commercialization, development of educational and training programs, staff retention, and long range planning and institutional development;
8. Other activities of mutual benefit for the Parties.

About the Programme
Each semester would entail an intensive residential study at ARAI, India or UAB, USA. The first two semester study is at ARAI, India; the third semester is at UAB, USA. In the fourth semester the project would be carried out either at ARAI, UAB or any industry in India or USA, depending upon nature of the project.

The programme is proposed to start from 2010 as follows
MSME with Automotive Engineering Emphasis :
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