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Clemson student to be the first to receive Bosch Fellowship

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CU-ICAR campus in Greenville, SC is midway between Charlotte and Atlanta on the Interstate 85 corridor. CU-ICAR campus in Greenville, SC is midway between Charlotte and Atlanta on the Interstate 85 corridor.
Vismita Sonagra says ICAR wants to make sure the next generation of engineers are ready. Vismita Sonagra says ICAR wants to make sure the next generation of engineers are ready.
 By: Chandler Bouzek

Clemson University and the Bosh Community fund are trying to diversify the historically male-dominated automotive engineering field.

Vismita Sonagra will receive $20,000 from the Bosch Community Fund, a program that is aimed at inspiring the next generation of automotive engineers and scientists and diversify the workforce.  She is one of 200 students that is in the Clemson University-International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) graduate program, the only of its kind in the nation.

Sonagra earned her award in a unique way.

“We take teachers from middle school and high school to NASCAR race tracks and try to teach them how to teach science and math better by giving them automotive examples.  We at ICAR believe it is very important to make sure that the future generation of engineers are ready,” said Sonagra.

Sonagra will use her scholarship to continue to boost K-12 education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Bosch program will also help CU-ICAR recruit and retain top students and bring more women and minority students into STEM fields.

“Our goal is to produce the engineer of tomorrow. Our goal is to produce the finest automotive engineers that the world has seen,” said Executive Director of CU-ICAR Imtiaz Haque. 

While influencing the engineers of tomorrow, Sonogra will also be looking for an internship for her last semester and anticipates graduating with her Masters degree as early as next summer.

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