CLEMSON — Clemson University is part of the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe, the world’s foremost trade fair for industrial technology, taking place April 24-29, in Hannover, Germany. Clemson will exhibit in the Research and Technology Pavilion at the show.

For the first time in the Fair’s history, the United States will be the Partner Country, a status that provides the more than 390 businesses and organizations in the U.S. delegation an unprecedented opportunity to be prominently featured throughout the event. President Obama will participate in this year’s event, themed “Integrated Industry-Discover Solutions.”

“The U.S. business community and the Department of Commerce have a clear message for the world: the United States is open for business. We will demonstrate and deliver on that message at the 2016 Hannover Messe,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “We are proud to have some of America’s most innovative and forward-thinking national research universities joining the U.S. delegation at this year’s fair.”

In addition to Clemson, other U.S. universities participating in the trade fair include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Ranked 21st among national public universities, Clemson is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university. Clemson’s booth will feature the university’s SCE&G Energy Innovation Center, the world’s most-advanced energy systems testing and research facility, and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), an innovative research-and-educational program that focuses on the vehicle and its infrastructure from a systems-integration perspective.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to partner with the U.S. Department of Commerce to showcase our work and the work of national research universities,” said Nikolaos Rigas, executive director of Clemson University’s SCE&G Energy Innovation Center. “We look forward to making the most of this opportunity.”

Rigas will deliver a presentation on “The Duke Energy Electric Grid Research, Innovation and Development (eGRID) Center: Building Public/Private Partnerships to Transform the Electrical Grid.”

Fred Cartwright, executive director of CU-ICAR, will deliver a presentation on “Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR): Best Practice in Industry/University Collaboration.”

Hannover Messe typically hosts more than 200,000 attendees from more than 70 countries, including global investors, buyers, distributors, resellers and government officials.