Toyota unveils Mirai for UT Dallas students

The Toyota Mirai is an all-electric, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle that runs with no carbon emissions. | Contributed photo

University of Texas Dallas students recently had the opportunity to interact with representatives from Toyota, a corporate neighbor of the school, in a two-part event that included a presentation and panel discussion.

The presentation showcased the new Toyota Mirai, an all-electric, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle that runs with no carbon emissions. Toyota Senior Engineer Jackie Birdsall discussed the vehicle’s technology and answered questions from UT Dallas engineering and information technology and systems student during a 30-minute question-and-answer session. 

Students were also able to drive and ride in the car, a unique opportunity as it is not available within the state yet, and speak with recruiters from Toyota, which, according to a human resources representative, is posting approximately 10 jobs a day.

Toyota Motor North America Exectuve Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Simon Nagata took part in the second portion of the event, a panel discussion in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building. Nagata spoke of UT Dallas’ academic excellence and his desire to see job applicants from the school, while Group Vice President for Corporate Resources Cheryl Hughes laid out the skills the company looks for in potential employees.

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