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Volkswagen Group of America and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville extend research partnership through 2028

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October 20, 2023

Reston, Va. / Knoxville, Tenn. – Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville signed a new Master Research Agreement to extend their research partnership through 2028. Extending the agreement allows research to continue at the Volkswagen Innovation Hub in Knoxville, bringing innovations to advance sustainability and efficiencies in automotive products.

Over the past five years, the collaboration has produced 27 active research projects, 15 publications, and multiple pending patents. Researchers at the Innovation Hub work as full-time employees of VWGoA, but share time with UTK to work on their PhD dissertations. Signing this new Master Research Agreement allows that research to advance and expand, and continues this unique opportunity for PhD candidates.

“Partnering with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for research has accelerated Volkswagen Group’s ability to bring practical innovations to our products,” said Chuhee Lee, vice president of mobility design and technology at Volkswagen Group Innovation Center California.

Read the full press release here.