UOIT receives in-kind contributions worth millions of dollars from Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education

    OSHAWA, ON, March 27 /CNW/ - Engineering graduates at the University of
Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) will have a competitive edge in today's
high-tech, global economy thanks to in-kind contribution worth millions of
dollars from Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering
Education (PACE), a partnership including General Motors, EDS, Hewlett-Packard
(HP), Siemens PLM Software and Sun Microsystems.
    The in-kind investment includes state-of-the-art computer-based hardware,
engineering software and student and instructor training and academic support.
UOIT becomes the sixth PACE Canadian university.
    "The automotive industry is undergoing an exciting transformation where
innovation and R&D will be a core advantage," said Greg Parker, Engineering
Manager, General Motors of Canada. "Investing in future automotive engineers
is critical to ensure that our next generation of employees has the skills and
knowledge to compete globally."
    The PACE investments support UOIT's General Motors of Canada Automotive
Centre of Excellence announced last month, creating a new advanced automotive
technology cluster centered at UOIT that links together the best Canadian
companies, universities, students and engineers with companies in the Canadian
automotive supply chain.
    "We know students at UOIT are already being prepared for the global
economy," said Jeff Hill, EDS client executive. "By integrating the PACE tool
box throughout its engineering curriculum, UOIT is upgrading its ability to
train a new generation of engineers well-versed in today's technology and
ready to hit the ground running when joining an employer in any sector."
    "HP is proud to be involved in the PACE program and furthering the
quality of education for engineering students," said Jim Zafarana, HP's Vice
President and Worldwide Workstation Marketing Manager. "We have a strong
commitment to designing and manufacturing high performance workstations for
the engineering industry, and for future engineers."
    "Today's leading manufacturing and technology companies compete on the
basis of time to market, product cost, quality and innovation," said Phil
Taylor, vice president, Canada operations, Siemens PLM Software. "It's quite
clear that today's best students in top programs, like the program at UOIT,
must have the opportunity to gain experience with technology that supports
these objectives."
    "Sun has a longstanding commitment to educational advancement in Canada,"
said Andy Canham, president, Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc. "We strongly
believe that integrating technology into academic pursuits offers students a
competitive advantage while evolving Canada's position among the world's top
innovators. Our investment in the University of Ontario Institute of
Technology's PACE program will enable today's students with access to
real-world technology, thereby securing their position as tomorrow's
engineering leaders."
    "UOIT is tremendously thankful for this overwhelming donation and to be
part of this partnership that will provide our students and researchers with
access to a great collective wealth of resources and experience," said Dr.
Ronald Bordessa, President of UOIT. "Together with our unique programs,
research work and state-of-the-art facilities, partnering with PACE positions
UOIT as a leader in the continued innovation and transformation of the
automobile manufacturing industry."
    UOIT Associate Professor Dr. Remon Pop-Iliev, who holds a Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)-GMCL Chair in
Innovative Design Engineering, has assumed the role of lead engineering
integrator on UOIT's PACE integration team. His research work provides
meaningful contributions towards substantially improving Canada's capacity in
design engineering with a primary focus on the automotive and related sectors.
    General Motors of Canada (GMCL) is engineering and manufacturing advanced
environmental technologies ranging from Active Fuel Management (cylinder
deactivation) and hybrid systems to E85 biofuel and fuel cell vehicles - more
than any other auto company right here in Canada. Headquartered in Oshawa
Ontario, GMCL employs more than 19,000 people nationwide. GM of Canada
manufactures vehicles, vehicle powertrains, and markets the full range of
General Motors vehicles and related services through 732 dealerships and
retailers across Canada. Vehicles sold through this network include Chevrolet,
Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Saturn, Hummer, Saab and Cadillac.
    With 5,000 students at its Oshawa, Ontario campus, UOIT delivers a
leading-edge learning environment that uniquely combines academic knowledge,
research opportunities, hands-on skills and a vibrant student life. UOIT's
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science offers students high-calibre and
value-added research opportunities, and high-quality and innovative
market-driven programs in areas such as Automotive, Manufacturing, Mechanical,
Software and Electrical engineering.
    The PACE corporate alliance has worked together since 1999 to support
academic institutions worldwide with computer-based engineering tools to
prepare designers, engineers, and analysts with the skills to compete in the

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For further information:

For further information: General Motors of Canada Limited: Patty Faith,
(905) 644-2728; UOIT: Tony Doyle, (905) 721-8668 ext. 2209, Siemens PLM
Software: Mendi Paschal, (972) 987-3210

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