Caresoft Global $1 Million Software In-Kind Donation

The data package enables research into electric vehicle systems, components

April 06, 2022 | Highlighted

Mankato, Minn. – Caresoft Global engineering solutions company, donated a software dataset worth $1 million to Minnesota State University, Mankato. Department of Automotive Engineering and Manufacturing Technology which includes data access for new technologies and components used in five different electric vehicles.

the Caresoft data package is intended for use by students and faculty in the classroom, in research, and on projects. The donation provides unlimited software seats in perpetuity for Minnesota Mankato State students and faculty.

“We are very grateful and grateful to Caresoft Global for this software gift,” said Aaron Budge, acting dean of the Minnesota State College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Mankato. “With the increasing presence of electric vehicles in today’s society and market, adding this software to the Department of Automotive Engineering and Manufacturing Technology curriculum enables our students and faculty to study and work with the latest technologies in the automotive industry.”

According to Sam Ertl, an assistant professor at Mankato, Minnesota, students can use the dataset to see how the high-voltage electrical system is organized in a vehicle or how a battery is attached to a vehicle’s frame.

Ertl said students are also able to perform different types of analysis using vehicle components. For example, students can perform stress analysis on a vehicle’s brake pedal or examine a vehicle’s aerodynamic drag and its effects on vehicle range.

“We are grateful to Caresoft for this in-kind donation,” Ertl said. “This software should give students a better opportunity to learn about the technologies in these vehicles that we can’t otherwise afford to buy. We are thrilled as this reinforces the mission of needing an electric vehicle lab on the college campus to pursue cutting-edge education for students while providing an EV resource for our region. Students will have the opportunity to simulate their designs using the latest EV model data and CAD drawings.

“The data also includes a virtual reality system that allows students to break down a complete vehicle into different subsystems and interact with each individual component.”

The virtual reality system will be showcased at the third annual Recharge Mankato Expo, taking place Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Minnesota State Mankato’s Maverick All-Sports Dome. The Mankato Expo Refill is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, go to

For more information, please contact Sam Ertl, assistant professor in the Department of Automotive Engineering and Manufacturing Technology at Minnesota Mankato State, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 507- 389-1052.

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Automotive Engineering and Manufacturing Technology is part of the University College of Engineering Science and Technology.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,546 students, is part of the Minnesota State System, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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