Hamilton, Ontario – A new auto engineering lab has opened at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The PACE Lab (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) was established by General Motors and PACE Partners Autodesk, HP, Oracle and Siemens PLM Software to give engineering and technology students a global edge in the international world of automotive design and engineering.

“We want our engineering and technology students equipped to thrive in the automotive industry of the future,” said Matt Crossley, director of Canadian engineering at GM Canada, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held yesterday. “That industry is one that is global in scope and collaborative in nature. PACE provides our students with the chance to work with their peers from around the world and gives them exposure to tomorrow’s technologies.”

PACE has made an in-kind contribution of computer-based hardware, such as 3D navigation devices and engineering workstations, and software used by automakers for product planning, engineering, analysis and data management. The university will also receive technical and educational materials for student and instructor training, and academic support. There have been 67 computer workstations installed in two locations at the university which will be used by students in both the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Technology programs.

At the ceremony, a student team demonstrated its work for the PACE Next General Sustainable Urban Transport project. The students are collaborating with their peers at the University of Cinconnati to develop a near-pollution-free vehicle propelled by compressed air. McMaster is developing the propulsion system, while Cincinnati is developing the frame and chassis. The project will be presented at the 2011 PACE Global Annual Forum this July in Vancouver.

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