Cooperated with National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCSTT), Diponegoro University held a Meeting and Industry Road Show at Serrata Hotel, Semarang, on Thursday (Feb 1, 2018).

A day after meeting, the university brought participants to carrosserie industry in Central Java. It was for providing comprehensive information of program, procedure, and supporting documents related to financial, grants, monitoring, and for evaluating researcher worked on eletric bus cluster, as well as for encouraging enthusiasm and understanding of the vision and goals of USAID-SHERA (United States Agency for International Development -Sustainable Higher Education Research Alliances).

Dr. Ing. Ismoyo Haryanto, PIC program USAID-SHERA at Diponegoro University and Head of Diponegoro Electric Vehicle and Transportation Research Center (DEVTREC), said that over 12 researchers of the university joined in USAID-SHERA’s program. As study on electrified vehicles related to multidisciplinary topics, DEVTREC members comprises various departments/faculties, such as Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, and Faculty of Economics and Business.

“At Diponegoro University, DEVTREC is facilitated with two main laboratories at Technical Operation Unit of Integrated Laboratory: Electrical Analysis and Engineering Measurement for Reliability Analysis Lab led by Dr. Eng. Gunawan Dwi Haryadi, and Robotics and Automation Lab led by Joga Dharma Setiawan, PhD,” Ismoyo said.

In his opening speech, Vice Dean of Faculty of Engineering Jati Utomo Dwi Hatmoko, PhD said that Diponegoro University encourages and supports the university’s researchers more actively participate in national and international collaborative research, including the USAID-SHERA’s program, for increasing the university’s number of scientific publication and improving quality of graduates.

In his speech, Director of NCSTT Dr. Sigit Puji Santosa explained fields  of the research in progress.

“NCSTT is Collaborative Research Center (CCR) formed by Bandung Institute of Technology. NCSTT worked with leading international institution of education and research Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in United States of America and six universities in Indonesia, in which Diponegoro University is a key partner in Indonesia,” Sigit said.

Sigit said NCSTT received grants of USD 3 millions in 4 years from USAID-SHERA. The money is allocated to support research on electrified vehicle and product innovation, infratructure development, transportation safety, and technology policy, planning, business, and transit oriented development (TOD) to ensure the program is feasible in every aspect.