OTTAWA, May 27, 2011 /CNW/ - A team of student researchers from Queen's
University was nationally recognized for their contribution to Canadian
automotive research and development. The team was awarded first place
in the Council for Automotive Human Resources HQP Poster Competition
which took place during the AUTO21 2011 Conference in Ottawa, Ontario.
The competition is open to student researchers within the AUTO21
Network of Centres of Excellence program.
AUTO21 is Canada's national automotive research program, supporting
nearly 200 researchers and over 350 graduate students (Highly Qualified
People, or HQP) at 46 universities across the country. More than 60
student teams from Canadian universities took part in the competition.
AUTO21 appreciates the support of the Council for Automotive Human
Resources (CAHR) for the 2011 HQP poster competition.
The winning team contributes to the Multidisciplinary Optimization of
Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Batteries project, which is led by
Professor Bartosz Protas of McMaster University. The winning Queen's
University team members include Anthony Jarrett and Ben Banks. The goal
of the project is to optimize batteries to ensure the best possible
performance in new hybrid and electric powertrains.
Final ranking of the top five student teams:
Multidisciplinary Optimization of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Batteries
Advanced High-Strength Steel Microstructures for Low and High-Rate
University of New Brunswick
Life Cycle Environmental Assessment and Policy
University of Toronto
Wireless MEMs-Based Sensor Nodes for Intelligent Safety, Comfort and
University of Waterloo
High-Strength Lightweight Cast Powertrain Components*
Reducing Occupant Injury in Rear Collisions*
University of British Columbia
"The calibre of research these students present rises each year, and
2011 is no exception," said Dr. Peter Frise, AUTO21 Scientific Director
and CEO. "With young minds working on collaborative research projects,
Canada is quickly being a recognized leader in an automotive R&D."
John Mavrak, CAHR Executive Director and CEO, stated, "CAHR's purpose is
to advance the skills and competencies of the automotive manufacturing
workforce. This is why we are supporting the outstanding collaborative
research evident at the AUTO21 Conference. The students competing in
the HQP Poster Competition are the next generation of leaders in
The annual HQP Poster Competition boasts a total prize purse of
approximately $15,000. Fifteen semi-finalist teams are selected from
the initial pool of entrants, with each team member receiving a $50
voucher for a bookstore. The semi-finalists provide an oral defence of
their research poster. Five winners are selected upon this evaluation.
The winners receive a cash prize to be divided amongst the team
members. Judges include senior industry, government and R&D experts.
AUTO21 supports nearly 200 researchers and 350 student researchers at 46
universities across the country. More than 120 public and private
sector organizations partner with AUTO21. With an annual research
budget of approximately $11 million, AUTO21 and its partners support
projects in six key areas: health, safety and injury prevention;
societal issues; materials and manufacturing; design processes;
powertrains, fuels and emissions; and intelligent systems and sensors.
AUTO21 is supported by the Government of Canada through a Networks of
Centres of Excellence program, and its administrative centre is hosted
by the University of Windsor.
For further information:
| Stephanie Campeau |
Director of Public Affairs and Communications
AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence
Tel: 519.253.3000, ext. 4129
| || || || || || Simran Mander |
Council for Automotive Human Resources
Tel: 416.621.2614, ext. 202