UWindsor celebrates the 2011 North American International Auto Show with experts 'driven' to weigh in on current topics

WINDSOR, ON, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - Located just less than six kilometers away, the University of Windsor is the closest Canadian university from The North American International Auto Show, which runs in Detroit until Sunday January 23, 2011.  As the region celebrates the latest in automotive vehicles, the University of Windsor joins in by offering experts who can comment on related auto news:

  • Narayan Kar is a Canada Research Chair in Hybrid Drivetrain Systems and an Associate Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He and his team are working on many projects including maximizing the efficiency and range of the electric portion of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle motors.
  • Dr. Ahmet Alpas is an engineering Professor and one of only four winners in Canada to receive the prestigious 2010 Synergy award.  Dr. Alpas examines ways to increase energy-efficiency in vehicles by developing lightweight materials for automotive products and manufacturing systems, such as those used in GM vehicles.
  • Daniel Green is an Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering, and a Canada Research Chair in Development and Optimization of Metal Forming Processes. His research provides more accurate numerical tools to simulate metal forming operations, which will help develop more cost-effective manufacturing processes and accelerate the use of lightweight materials.
  • Colin Novak is an Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering.  An expert in automotive acoustics and noise, vibration and harshness, Dr. Novak works with a number of automotive suppliers on improving the acoustic quality of vehicles.
  • Tony Faria and Pete Mateja are faculty members in the Odette School of Business and co-directors of the Office of Automotive and Vehicle Research. They are regularly relied upon by members of the automotive media for their industry insights.  Both are available for comment on automotive trends, including hybrid vehicles and green technology.
  • The Centre for Engineering and Innovation will eventually house some of Canada's leading engineers in the country.  Once it's complete in 2012, the $112-millon state-of-the-art facility will house researchers that will help inform the future of the auto industry.  Holly Ward is the university's Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications and can provide an update on the building's progress and expectations.

SOURCE University of Windsor

For further information:

Dayo Kefentse
Manager, News Services
University of Windsor
Tel: 519.253.3000 x. 3241


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