WINDSOR, ON, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
has awarded $398,811 to the University of Windsor to support the
development of an Innovation Design Studio and Transformable
Manufacturing System, the first of its kind in North America. The
systems will be housed in the university's $112 million Centre for
Engineering Innovation, scheduled to open for classes in the fall of
2012. The project is led by engineering researchers Dr. Hoda
ElMaraghy, Dr. Ahmed Azab and Dr. Waguih ElMaraghy.
The funding will be used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment to
create an "iDesign Studio" and "iFactory" where faculty members and
students can develop their product ideas from conceptualization to
prototyping and designing virtual assembly systems, to actually
building their product in a real-world, truly reconfigurable factory in
"The investments being announced today at The University of Windsor will
further enhance our country's reputation as a destination of choice for
outstanding researchers," said Dr. Gilles G. Patry, President and CEO
of the CFI. "They will make our universities even more competitive when
it comes to attracting the best and brightest researchers from around
Dr. Hoda ElMaraghy said, "We are thankful for this award from CFI. This
funding will help students acquire a unique hands-on experience in
integrating product design and manufacturing. These novel technologies
will enable industry to implement new business models in order to be
competitive in a changing world. This investment from the federal
government is helping to put the University of Windsor on the map in
the area of manufacturing systems research."
Alan Wildeman, President, University of Windsor said, "We are highly
grateful for this award from CFI and very proud of what our researchers
in the new Centre for Engineering Innovation are doing to enhance our
country's competitiveness in manufacturing."
The Canada Foundation for Innovation is an independent corporation
created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure.
The University of Windsor's award was given as part of the Leaders
Opportunity Fund, which provides support to Canadian institutions so
they can attract and retain leading researchers at a time of intense
international competition for knowledge workers.
Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament for Essex said, "The Stephen Harper
government's investment in this first-of-its-kind in North American
iFactory and iDesign Studio strengthens our commitment to the growing
knowledge economy across Windsor-Essex and Canada. Our investment, a
further enhancement of our partnership in the new Centre for
Engineering Innovation, will make Windsor-Essex's diversifying advanced
manufacturing base instantly more competitive and will spur the
commercialization of new technologies that will create the high-paying
jobs of the future."
The University of Windsor's award was part of a national CFI
announcement. For a complete list of the projects awarded, please visit www.innovation.ca.
Founded in 1963, the University of Windsor has close to 16,000 full-time
and part-time students. The University of Windsor's mission is to
enable people to make a better world through education, scholarship,
research and engagement. www.uwindsor.ca
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