June 15, 2007

University of Alberta student team wins DaimlerChrysler competition

Windsor, Ontario – 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 Highly Qualified People (HQP) Poster Competition at the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence HQP Conference in Windsor, Ontario.

AUTO21 is a federal network of Centres of Excellence for automotive research and development, and the development of highly qualified people for future work in the automotive sector.

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, for improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions.

The University of Alberta team won $4,500 for its work; second place went to the University of Western Ontario for safe transportation for seniors; third to the University of Waterloo for hydroforming of advanced high-strength steels; fourth to the University of Toronto for renewable biofibres and biomaterials for interior parts; and honourable mention went to McGill University, for laser welding of thermoplastics.

A panel of judges evaluated a total of 66 teams from 26 universities, with 20 teams selected as semi-finalists. The winning teams were selected following oral defenses of their research. The three-day conference provided AUTO21 student researchers the opportunity to attend auto-related research presentations, and tour two R&D facilities and two manufacturing plants.

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