University of Alberta student team nationally recognized for automotive research

    WINDSOR, ON, June 14 /CNW Telbec/ - A team of student researchers from
the University of Alberta has received top honours in a national automotive
research competition. The students were competing in the DaimlerChrysler
Canada HQP Poster Competition at the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence
Highly Qualified People (HQP) Conference in Windsor, Ontario.
    The winning team contributes to AUTO21's Electronic Controls VVT and HCCI
Combustion project, which investigates new internal combustion engine concepts
to replace conventional spark ignition engines, resulting in a more fuel
efficent engine that produces lower emissions including green house gases.
    "On behalf of DaimlerChrysler Canada I'd like to congratulate the winning
team and all the finalists on the quality and ingenuity of their projects,"
said Dr. John Mann, Director of Engineering and Regulatory Affairs for
DaimlerChrysler Canada. "This competition showed us that there is a deep pool
of bright young minds that will have a tremendous impact on the future of
Canada's auto sector. The 2007 AUTO21 HQP Conference helps to strengthen the
bond between university researchers and the automotive industry, and we are
very pleased to partner with them in that worthwhile initiative."

    Final Placement
    First      Electronic Controls      University of Alberta          $4,500
               for VVT and HCCI
    Second     Safe Transportation
               for Seniors              University of Western Ontario  $3,500
    Third      Hydroforming of          University of Waterloo         $2,500
               Advanced High Strength
    Fourth     Renewable Biofibres and  University of Toronto          $1,500
               Biomaterials for
               Interior Parts
     Mention   Laser Welding of         McGill University              $1,000

    A panel of judges evaluated a total of 66 teams from 26 universities,
with 20 teams selected as semi-finalists. The five winning teams were selected
following oral defences of their research. Together, the semi-finalist and
finalist teams received a total prize purse of $15,000 at the DaimlerChrysler
Canada HQP Poster Competition.
    "It is an honour to support Canadian students pursuing automotive-related
research across Canada," said Dr. Peter Frise, AUTO21 Scientific Director and
CEO. "The calibre of research presented as part of this competition is
testimony to the contribution these bright minds are making to Canada's auto
industry. We appreciate the support of DaimlerChrysler Canada for helping us
to recognize these talented researchers."
    The three day conference provided AUTO21 student researchers an
opportunity to attend auto-related research presentations and tour two R&D
facilities (University of Windsor/DaimlerChrysler Canada Automotive Research &
Development Centre and the University of Windsor/International Truck Centre
for Innovation) and two manufacturing plants (Autoliv and The Woodbridge
Group) in Windsor-Essex. They also heard from speakers including the
Honourable Sandra Pupatello, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and
Trade and Dr. John Mann Director of Engineering and Regulatory Affairs for
DaimlerChrysler Canada. DaimlerChrysler Canada was the corporate sponsor for
this year's conference.

    AUTO21, a federal Networks of Centres of Excellence, focuses on
automotive research and development and the development of highly qualified
people for future work in the automotive sector. The graduate and
post-graduate level student researchers contribute to AUTO21's 41 research
projects across Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Zoja Holman, Acting Communications Manager,
AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, (519) 253-3000, ext. 4128, Cell:
(519) 564-9174; Ed Saenz, Manager, Corporate Communications, DaimlerChrysler
Canada, (519) 561-9571, Cell: (519) 981-1362

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