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UM-Dearborn Students Explore Exciting Careers, Opportunities at Largest Attended Discover Auto Event

michauto event 2More than 90 students from the University of Michigan-Dearborn joined MICHauto and 12 of its investor companies on Dec. 8 to learn about exciting automotive technology and career opportunities in the industry. The event was part of MICHauto’s ongoing Discover Auto career series, and garnered the largest attendance in its three-year history. Discover Auto is meant to change perceptions of the industry and expand the talent pipeline in Michigan.

Tim Yerdon, vice president of marketing, communications and design at Visteon Corp., delivered keynote remarks, sharing his personal rise through the industry and demonstrating Visteon’s connected cockpit. The program also featured a panel of recent engineering graduates from UM-Dearborn, who now work at Visteon and IAV. They provided testimonials about their work in the industry and the rewards that come with having an impact on the way the world moves.

“Students like hearing from younger engineers who were in their shoes just a few years ago,” said Rob Luce, director of MICHauto and Automotive Retention and Growth for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

michauto event 3Following the program, the students were able to network with representatives from all 12 MICHauto investor companies and discuss job opportunities in Michigan.

Since 2013, MICHauto has partnered with universities in Southeast Michigan, including Lawrence Technological University, University of Detroit Mercy, UM-Ann Arbor and Wayne State University, engaging nearly 500 students to promote automotive engineering as an exciting and viable career choice. MICHauto plans to expand the program statewide and will hold its next event at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids on Feb. 17. For more information, visit