Quick Facts

In 2003, CU-ICAR was simply an idea. Over a decade later, this vision has become a reality. What was once a dream is now a vibrant campus.

CU-ICAR VISION: To be the premier automotive research, innovation and educational enterprise in the world.

CU-ICAR MISSION: Be a high seminary of learning, in the field of automotive engineering; Lead translational research, with emphasis on industry relevance, and support with excellence in basic research; Contribute to high value job creation in South Carolina; Lead global thinking on the sustainable development of the automotive sector

Despite the early stage of our development, we have been diligently measuring and monitoring our growth and success to date. It is important to see our progress in quantifiable terms, and below we lay out these figures.

CU-ICAR Education:

95% of students are gainfully employed in the Automotive Industry

Global student population representing 17 countries

26% of our alumni are employed in the state of SC

561 total M.S. and PhD degrees awarded

4 Endowed Chairs in 4 key research areas:


• BMW Endowed Chair in Automotive Systems Integration
• BMW Endowed Chair in Advanced Manufacturing
• Michelin Endowed Chair in Vehicle Automation
• Timken Endowed Chair in Vehicle System Design
• Kulwicki Endowed Professor in Motor Sports Engineering
• Jenkins Endowed Professorship


CU-ICAR Research


7 Strategic Research Areas:

• Advanced Powertrain Systems
• Automotive Systems Integration
• Human Factors/HMI
• Manufacturing and Materials
• Vehicle Performance
• Vehicle-to-Vehicle Connectivity and Vehicle-Infrastructure Integration
• Vehicular Electronics


CU-ICAR Economic Development Impact


Total Investment = $250 million

$26.4 million – Clemson University and the Clemson University Real Estate Foundation
$95.5 million – State and local or other government
$55.8 million – Private industry and private developers
$36.0 million – State and private industry partnerships (50/50) in 4 engineering program endowed chairs
$19.7 million – Private industry equipment related
$250,000+ million – Fellowships & Scholarships

Surrounding Projects Attributed In Part To CU-ICAR

Verdae Development
1,100 acre mixed-use development with an expected population of 10,000
Hubbell Lighting Corporate Headquarters
$36M investment with 350 new jobs created
St. Francis Health System
50 acres Medical Buildings with 500 new jobs created

CU-ICAR Total Campus Population/Jobs:

On site = 770
Announced = 720

CU-ICAR Campus Information


5 Technology Neighborhood developments planned on campus

6 occupied buildings in Technology Neighborhood I

• CU-ICAR AutoPark & Innovation Place
• BMW Information Technology Research Center
• Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center
• Koyo JTEKT (Collaboration Building 3)
• Center for Emerging Technologies (CET)
• One Research Drive (ORD)

5 LEED Certified Buildings

• Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center – LEED-NC Silver
• Collaboration 3 Koyo JTEKT Group – LEED-NC Gold
• CU-ICAR AutoPark & Innovation Place – LEED-NC Gold
• Center for Emerging Technologies – LEED-NC Silver
• One Research Drive – Seeking LEED-NC Silver