MONTREAL, May 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Safer, cleaner vehicles made of advanced
materials and technology. Student researchers with the AUTO21 Network
of Centres of Excellence are working on this and more to make Canada a
world-class leader in automotive research and development. Teams from
the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia were
nationally recognized at the AUTO21 2012 Conference in Montreal, Quebec
for their contributions to Canada's automotive landscape.
The teams tied for first place in the Toyota Canada - AUTO21 HQP Poster
Competition, each taking home a $4,000 prize. The competition is open
to student researchers within AUTO21, Canada's automotive research
program. More than 60 student teams took part in the competition.
Sandy Di Felice, Director of External Affairs at Toyota Canada stated,
"AUTO21 bridges the gap between academe and industry, allowing us to
work together on some of the industry's most pressing issues. We are
proud to support the HQP Poster Competition as the students
participating are the next generation of leaders in automotive
engineering. With young minds contributing to collaborative research
projects, we are certain to see great advances in Canada's automotive
The University of Toronto team contributes to the Recyclable, Lighweight
Polymeric Nanocomposites project, which is led by Professor Hani
Naguib. Team members include Qi (Aaron) Guan and Reza Rizvi.
The University of British Columbia team contributes to the Injury
Prevention Through Adaptive Seat Design, which is led by Professor
Douglas Romilly. Team members include Nima Ziraknejad, Pranay Saxena
and Anshul Porwal.
"Part of AUTO21's mandate is to support student researchers across the
country," said Dr. Peter Frise, AUTO21 Scientific Director and CEO.
"Our students continue to demonstrate cutting-edge knowledge and
expertise as they forge the way to a prosperous and sustainable
automotive industry in Canada."
The annual HQP Poster Competition boasts a total prize purse of
approximately $15,000. Sixteen 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. Final 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.
Final ranking of the top student teams:
Recyclable, Lighweight Polymeric
University of Toronto
Injury Prevention Through
Adaptive Seat Design
University of British Columbia
Mems-Based Intelligent Active
University of Alberta
Through Improved Simulation
Enhancing Safe Vehicular Mobility
in Older Adults
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.
SOURCE University of Windsor
For further information:
Director of Public Affairs and Communications
AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence
Tel: 519.253.3000, ext. 4129
Manager, Public Relations