Community Involvement

CU-ICAR is not confined to a campus; it extends into Greenville, throughout South Carolina and across the southeastern region of the United States. Service is an important part of the Clemson University educational philosophy, and CU-ICAR students have stepped up the plate. Their volunteerism and participation in events have made a positive impact in the local community and schools, sparking interest in engineering, science and technology for the next generation



A.J. Whittenberg Partnership

Each year, graduate students from CU-ICAR host hands-on activities at A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering. Students from K4, K5, first and second grades participated in the events. The graduate students gave them a basic understanding of control, traction, turning radius and radio control using two radio-controlled cars.


Gateway to Technology

CU-ICAR hosts the annual Gateway To Technology Program each year in order introduce young students to the world of automotive engineering. This year, The Gateway to Technology program rallied 84 seventh-graders from Anderson, SC. The students were tasked with building prototype vehicles that underwent rigorous performance testing.


Southern Automotive Women’s Forum

CU-ICAR regularly hosts events sponsored by the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SWAF) to introduce young women in the Upstate of South Carolina to the benefits of an exceptional career in the automotive industry. Typically, over 50 middle school girls from Greenville and Spartanburg Counties attend. SAWF’s primary objective is to provide academic scholarships for young women who are interested in engineering and to support development of the next generation of women.