Ottawa, Ontario – A team of student researchers from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario have taken first place in the AUTO21 poster competition. The contest required students within the AUTO21 program to produce automotive research posters.

AUTO21 is Canada’s national automotive research program, supporting nearly 200 researchers and over 350 graduate students at 46 universities across the country. More than 60 student teams took part in the competition.

The winning team contributes to the Multidisciplinary Optimization of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Batteries project, which aims to optimize batteries to ensure the best possible performance in electrically-driven vehicles.

The Kingston team won $4,500 in the contest. The runners-up, in order, were a team from Queen’s University and the University of New Brunswick; the University of Toronto; the University of Waterloo (Ontario); Ryerson University (Toronto); and the University of British Columbia.

“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 automotive R&D.”

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