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Alumnus Fred Cartwright Named Leader of Clemson’s Automotive Research Center

March 19, 2013

Mechanical engineering alumnus Fred Cartwright has been appointed executive director of the award-winning Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), effective April 1.

  Fred Cartwright

Cartwright, a 1980 graduate, is a seasoned auto industry executive with 30 years in the automotive industry with General Motors. His extensive experience includes design and development of advanced powertrains for commercial and military vehicles, management of GM’s hybrid bus program, and numerous new business-development initiatives involving other auto manufacturers.

Among other executive positions, Cartwright previously was vice president for alliances and new business development for General Motors Europe in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Most recently, he was director of new business initiatives based in Detroit. In this role, he was responsible for development of new technology and product-based initiatives, including establishment of multiple alliances.

Cartwright’s industry-centric experience will help steer CU-ICAR to a new chapter of growth and excellence, states John Kelly, Clemson University vice president for economic development. CU-ICAR boasts 19 campus partners and every year hosts hundreds of guests from around the world.

Cartwright’s focus will be to maintain momentum, according to a Clemson news release announcing his appointment.

“CU-ICAR has a talented and dedicated team that has positioned the campus as a world leader in transportation research,” Cartwright says.