Queen's University Students Develop New Automotive Technology

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:

Project name University Ranking/prize
Multidisciplinary Optimization of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Batteries Queen's University First/$4,500.00
Advanced High-Strength Steel Microstructures for Low and High-Rate Applications Queen's University
University of New Brunswick
Life Cycle Environmental Assessment and Policy University of Toronto Third/$2,500.00
Wireless MEMs-Based Sensor Nodes for Intelligent Safety, Comfort and Performance Systems University of Waterloo Fourth/$1,500.00
High-Strength Lightweight Cast Powertrain Components* Ryerson Univeristy Honourable Mention/$1,000.00
Reducing Occupant Injury in Rear Collisions* University of British Columbia

* Tie

"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 automotive engineering."

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
Cell: 519.890.6830
          Simran Mander
Communications Coordinator
Council for Automotive Human Resources
Tel: 416.621.2614, ext. 202

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