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GM to support engineering programs at U-W

Last Updated Nov 11, 2015 at 7:10 am EDT

FILE - This Jan. 25, 2010, file photo, shows a General Motors Co. logo during a news conference in Detroit. General Motors Co. For the third time in eight years, General Motors is recalling cars that can leak oil and catch fire, sometimes damaging garages and houses. The recall, which covers 1.4 million vehicles dating to the 1997 model year, is needed because repairs from the first two didn't work. More than 1,300 cars caught fire after they were fixed by dealers, the company said. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

by James Sebastian-Scott

GM Canada announced Tuesday that they are providing $1-million to support the University of Waterloo’s Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign.

They will fund a Research Chair in advanced materials while also sponsoring engineering student Capstone design projects involving software development, which is key to GM Canada’s work on the connected car.

GM’s President and Managing Director Stephen Carlisle tells 570 News that students in Waterloo do the work they need to have done for their new connected cars.

“The students graduating from Waterloo are very well suited to the kind of work that we need to do as the automobile starts to evolve very quickly now into that connected car space.”

They also launched a new GM Automotive Innovation Outpost at Communitech. The initial focus is on urban mobility, car sharing and mobile app innovation.

Carlisle tells 570 News why Waterloo was so attractive to GM Canada.

“Waterloo is one of few places in the world where we can go and tap into this both the creativity but also the resources to carry out our mandate.”

GM have a number of new innovations such as internet in cars that will require more students to fill in jobs in the future.

They are a significant industry leader in the availability of 4G LTE connectivity turning it’s cars into powerful mobile hot spots.