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-University of Georgia to host original equipment manufacturers, suppliers summit for engineering and tech students

-STEAM SPORTS Foundation to award scholarships and grants to students seeking motorsports careers

Athens, Ga. (Jan. 20) ¬– Engineering and technology students will gather at the University of Georgia this fall during the “T²: Talent and Technology Motorsports Summit” on Oct. 11-12. Students from engineering and technology schools across the region will meet with representatives from major automotive and motorsports companies, as well as tech-oriented start-ups seeking highly trained engineers and tech-skilled students who aspire to careers in motorsports and the automotive industry.

“The automotive industry is evolving faster and more dramatically than at any time in the past century,” said Donald Leo, dean of UGA’s College of Engineering. “Our partnership with STEAM Sports Foundation in this summit will bring together the next generation of tech and engineering talent with the companies that are creating the new future of transportation.”

The event will include presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions on key innovations in the field as well as career opportunities. Students who aspire to careers in the automotive industry or motorsports will vie for grants and scholarships.

“The Southeast has become a hotbed for automotive manufacturing and development with nearly a dozen original equipment manufacturers or corporate offices located in this region,” said Leo. “This summit is a perfect opportunity for students to connect with and learn from leaders in this exciting and growing industry.”

Innovation, the talent pool, and technology are all critical issues facing automotive manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to allowing industry leaders an opportunity to meet and recruit emerging engineering and technical talent, the event will afford companies business-to-business opportunities as well.

“For the summit name, we chose T-squared with the t’s standing for technology and talent,” said Bob Dickinson, Executive Director of STEAM Sport Foundation. “These are the two core focuses of the conference. The summit’s organizers believe that the combination of technology and talent can exponentially solve many issues facing the transportation and automotive industry and propel it into the future.”

Engineering and technical students attend free of charge. On aspect of the summit will be a focus on underrepresented groups in the automotive industry, including women and minorities. OEMs and automotive suppliers who make a tax-deductible contribution to the STEAM Sports Foundation for scholarship and grants can participate in the event at no cost and have their representatives participate in the Summit’s messaging.

The agenda and speakers for the Summit will be announced over the next several weeks. For more information about T², visit

Contacts:  Donald Leo,, 706-542-8839

Bob Dickinson,, 770-815-0125

About University of Georgia College of Engineering

At the University of Georgia College of Engineering, challenging coursework connects with real-world practice; the energy of a start-up connects with the birthplace of American public higher education; leadership connects with collaboration; and soaring aspirations connect with concrete achievements.

Since its formation in 2012, the UGA College of Engineering has grown to more than 2,400 students and nearly 80 faculty members. More than 10% of the faculty have earned the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award. In addition, the College’s research expenditures have increased by more than 300% in the past five years.

The College is developing new tools to fight diseases, exploring new ways to improve cyber security, developing innovations to make our infrastructure more resilient, and even transforming engineering education. The UGA College of Engineering is committed to finding solutions that result in healthier people, a more secure future, and stronger communities in Georgia and around the world.

About STEAM Sports Foundation

STEAM Sports Foundation seeks funding primarily for educational events, scholarships and curriculums. It works with companies, educators and sports groups to develop initiatives around science, technology, engineering, arts and math that prepare and excite America’s youth in an effort to unite business, education and sports while creating tomorrow’s vibrant workforce.

Included among the foundation’s programs to date have been a three-year STEAM Connections Tour with Honda Performance Development at leading automotive engineering universities throughout the U.S, a STEAM Sports Summit at San Jose State University, the creation of a motorsports curriculum and involvement with a minority-oriented group of student authors.

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