AUTO21 Gathers Canada's Next Generation of automotive leaders in Windsor

    WINDSOR, ON, June 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian automotive industry needs
talented, educated and experienced people to stay competitive and AUTO21's
award-winning student program is helping to ensure that today's students are
ready to meet the industry's future challenges. To do so, over 200 of Canada's
next generation of automotive leaders will converge in Windsor to share their
research accomplishments and to discuss research and development
opportunities. The student researchers are gathering for AUTO21's Highly
Qualified People (HQP) Conference, June 11 to 13 at the University of Windsor.
    AUTO21, a federal Networks of Centres of Excellence, focuses on
multidisciplinary automotive research and the development of highly qualified
people (HQP) for future work in the automotive sector. The graduate and
post-graduate level student researchers currently study at one of 39
universities involved in the Network and contribute to AUTO21's 41 research
    "Our Network is focused on developing the capacity of Canada's future
automotive experts and this conference demonstrates our student researcher's
capabilities," said Dr. Peter Frise, AUTO21 Scientific Director and CEO. "With
a multi-disciplinary approach to research that focuses on industry issues,
AUTO21 student researchers are gaining the skills and expertise needed to
address the auto sector's research and development needs and to become the
future of Canada's automotive industry."
    A key component of the conference is the DaimlerChrysler Canada HQP
Poster Competition, where student research teams will vie for prizes totalling
$15,000 and the opportunity to participate as judges at the 2008 Canada Wide
Science Fair in Ottawa, Ontario.
    In addition to a series of research presentations, the students will hear
from industry leaders such as Dr. John Mann, Director of Engineering,
DaimlerChrysler Canada and from a local political leader, the Honourable
Sandra Pupatello, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade. In
addition to the presentations, students will have the opportunity to tour two
research and development facilities and two manufacturing facilities in
    "We are thrilled to welcome the automotive industry's leaders of tomorrow
to the University of Windsor," said President Ross Paul. "As host institution
to AUTO21 and with our University's emphasis on automotive as one its pinnacle
areas of focus, we recognize the acute need for multidisciplinary research and
development to ensure Canada's future economic health."

    AUTO21 currently supports more than 260 researchers and over 500 student
researchers working on 41 auto-related research and development projects at 42
Canadian universities and institutions. The projects are supported by more
than $12 million per year in combined federal and industry funding. Research
occurs in the areas of health, safety and injury prevention; societal issues;
materials and manufacturing; design processes; powertrains, fuels and
emissions; and intelligent systems and sensors. AUTO21 is funded through the
Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada program.

For further information:

For further information: Zoja Holman, Acting Communications Manager,
AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, (519) 253-3000, ext. 4128; Lori
Koutros,  Manager, News Services, University of Windsor, (519) 253-3000, ext.

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