At Karma, we remain dedicated to developing successful partnerships with universities to optimize our automotive ecosystem. Most recently, we hosted University of California, Irvine and University of Southern California at Karma HQ in Orange County to experience our innovative technology and start-up culture.
UCI’s eMBA Merage School of Business and USC Marshall School of Business professionals toured our design studio, EE lab, shop, dyno facility and battery development center. Inside the facility, guests witnessed new electric powertrain technology combined with the testing equipment required for validation and automation. This glimpse into our next-generation product development helped demonstrate our plan for reduced carbon emissions.
Through student-focused programs, our collaborative efforts were not only designed to inspire and cultivate a global workforce for automotive innovation, but also to develop new ways of leveraging talent through our academic partnership. We continue to work alongside UCI’s eMBA students as they undertake research projects focused on alternative business models and revenue generation. For USC’s academic program, we support the business and entrepreneurship initiatives for the Marshall Mobility Club and Start-up Garage.
Following the facility tour, students sat down with Karma executives and former UCI and USC Karma alumni for a Q&A session. Engaging keynotes and interactive panel discussions featured Joost de Vries, Karma Vice President of Global Sales and Customer Experience, presenting Karma as an open-platform company. Daniel Bateson (current student in eMBA), also spoke on behalf of Karma to provide invaluable advice on career skillsets that will pave the road towards a successful career.
USC alum and Karma Chief Vehicle Engineer, Axel Radermacher delivered an inspiring keynote on Karma leadership. Panel discussions with current MBA resident and USC alumni Edward Djrbashian, Erik Augillon, and Garren Salibian (current student in MBA) discussed leveraging the talents of our passionate engineering team to deliver luxury electric vehicle experiences through innovative design, technology and customization.
Following the event, we talked with Carson Greengrove, a USC junior and student coordinator of the Incubate USC program on his thoughts of the event. “The whole program was amazing and everyone in attendance was truly impressed, not only by the cars, but also by the facility and people we met. I hope to stay in touch and connect Karma Automotive with fellow USC Trojans who are interested in your company and cars.”