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Monday, July 12, 2004
Summer Weekly

www.rnichigandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXIII, No. 149 02004 The Michigan Daily
U.S. Army awards $40 million research grant

By Genevieve Lampinen
Daily Staff Reporter
There is no issue more pressing to
mankind right now than the energy
challenge, said James MacBain,
director of research relations at the
College of Engineering. Not only is
energy important for the country and
world, but in Michigan, where half a
million jobs are either directly or
indirectly associated with the auto-

motive industry, it is important that
Michigan take the lead in researching
energy-efficient ways to power vehi-
cles, he added.
With the $40 million research con-
tract the U.S. Army has awarded the
College of Engineering, the University-
housed Automotive Research Center
has the potential to lead energy-effi-
ciency research for the next five years.
The research grant is the largest that the
college has ever received.

The ARC, a collaboration of eight
universities, has dedicated its past 10
years to researching fuel efficiency
and the improvement and stability of
the mobility, handling and safety
aspects of an automobile. For the next
five years, the U.S Army will continue
to be one of the largest sponsor of the
research, as it has been in the past.
"With Michigan being the heart of
the automobile world and us (being)
counted on to be leaders, we have to be

able to produce first class research. We
are trying to enhance the competitive-
ness of our automobile industry and
strengthen the military," said ARC
Director Dennis Assanis.
He added that with the funding, the
organization will be able to address
problems and initiatives that will reach
extensively into the future.
"We are not concerning ourselves
with problems of next year. (The ARC)
works together to come up with solu-

tions that will make a difference in
vehicles for the next 10 or 20 years,"
Assanis said.
While the army has been the pri-
mary source of funding for the center,
Assanis said that military-sponsored
research is very well funded and often
leads to byproducts that benefit the
market industries in addition to the
"One of our big things is dual need
See GRANT, Page 2

Saybig Goodbye

Traffic light at Plymouth
Road intersection approved

By Mona Rafeeq
Daily News Editor
After almost seven months of discussions
and compromising, the Muslim Community
Association of Ann Arbor and the city are
taking steps to increase safety on a road
where two University students were killed.
In a 9-1 vote, the Ann Arbor City Council
approved a resolution at its meeting last night
to add a traffic signal to the intersection of
Traverwood Drive and Plymouth Road within
the next 12 months.
The intersection is about 200 yards from
the Islamic Center, and from the section of
road that engineering students Teh Nannie

Roshem Roslan and Norhananim Zainol were
crossing when they were killed in November.
"I think (this plan) will solve the problem,
not just for the Islamic Center, but also for
residents who live on this difficult and dan-
gerous stretch of road," said Councilmember
Bob Johnson (D-1st Ward).
Johnson proposed an amendment to the res-
olution at the meeting that added that con-
struction of the traffic signal is to be
completed "as quickly as possible." The
amendment passed.
Kim Groome (D-1st Ward) was the only
councilmember to oppose the plan. Although
she said she agreed with the other members
that there is a need for safety precautions on
See LIGHT, Page 2

Friends of LSA junior Magali Padilla hold a memorial service in her honor at Nichols Arboretum on
July 11. Padilla died along with her mother in an automobile accident in Jalisco, Mexico.
Inside: Coverage of the memorial.Page 3.

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