TORONTO, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Wondering what the next automotive
technology will be? What materials will make your car safer? Student
researchers with the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence are
working on this and more as they help to advance Canada's automotive
landscape. A University of Toronto team was nationally recognized at
the annual AUTO21 Conference in Toronto, Ontario for their contribution
to Canadian automotive research and development.
The team was awarded first place in the Toyota Canada-AUTO21 HQP Poster
Competition, taking home a $4,500 prize. The competition is open to
student researchers within the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence
program. Nearly 60 teams took part in the competition.
"Toyota is pleased to support the HQP Poster Competition as it
recognizes the next generation of leaders in automotive engineering,"
said Sandy Di Felice, Director of External Affairs, Toyota Canada Inc.
"Working with AUTO21 allows Toyota insight into the collaborative
research project opportunities that advance Canada's contribution to
the domestic and global auto industry."
The University of Toronto team contributes to the Mitigating GDI
Particulate Emissions Through Ethanol Blends project, under the
supervision of Dr. James Wallace. Team members include Phillip Mireault
and Manuel Ramos.
"Our Highly Qualified People (HQP) or student researchers are among some
of Canada's top minds and future leaders," said Dr. Peter Frise, AUTO21
Scientific Director and CEO. "Working on collaborative projects with
industry, each student demonstrates cutting-edge knowledge and
expertise as they contribute to a sustainable automotive industry for
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
bookstore voucher. 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:
Mitigating GDI Particulate Emissions Through Ethanol Blends
University of Toronto
Safe Driving in Older Adults
Injury Prevention Through Adaptive Seat Design (team 1)
University of British Columbia
Safety Ambulance Driver Monitoring Unit
University of Windsor
Injury Prevention Through Adaptive Seat Design (team 2)
University of British Columbia
AUTO21 supports nearly 200 researchers and 350 student researchers at 47
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:
Director of Public Affairs and Communications
AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence
Tel: 519.253.3000, ext. 4129
Manager, Public Relations