Sunderland research to help Spanish car industry

(L-R): University of Sunderland's Adrian Morris and Dr Alastair Irons are pictured with French exchange students Pierre Champagnac and Kevin Rannou and Dr David Gonz�lez-Ortega, University of Valladolid, Spain.
(L-R): University of Sunderland's Adrian Morris and Dr Alastair Irons are pictured with French exchange students Pierre Champagnac and Kevin Rannou and Dr David Gonz�lez-Ortega, University of Valladolid, Spain.
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ENGINEERING has stepped up a gear when it comes to international relations.

Sunderland University’s Department of Computing, Engineering and Technology is working with international researchers to provide a worldwide expertise in engineering with zero emissions cars.

Dr David González-Ortega, Associate Professor in the Higher School of Telecommunications Engineering, University of Valladolid, Spain, has been working with Wearside academics to help research in his country as a collaborative study on electric vehicles.

Now in his third month at Sunderland uni’s industry centre building at Enterprise Park West, Dr González-Ortega hopes to use the knowledge he gains to help the Spanish car industry.

He said: “This could be massively important in the future as the use of electric vehicles becomes more widespread.” Two French students, Pierre Champagnac and Kevin Rannou, are also studying at the university for three months to help them learn more techniques and knowledge for when they return to their homeland.

Pierre said: “The projects I am doing here will have great benefits for my technical knowledge as a whole. Technical fields such as working on electric cars in Sunderland and software in certain cars can only make me more employable once I return to France and finish my studies.”