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Of university students demonstrate what the future reserves of the Canadian automotive

Safer and cleaner vehicles manufactured using materials and technologies evolues. Researchers students participating in the program Network of Centres of Excellence AUTO21 work there as well as other projects to make Canada a world-class leader in the field of research and motor development. The teams of the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia have been recognized on a national scale the Conference AUTO21 2012 Montreal (Quebec) for their contributions to the Canadian automotive industry.

The two teams have finished tied for first place in the competition HQP (highly qualified persons) Toyota Canada - AUTO21, each winning a prize of $ 4,000. The contest is open to students participating researchers has AUTO21 program automotive research in Canada. More than 60 teams of students participated in the contest.

Sandy Di Felice, Director, Manager, External Affairs, Toyota Canada, said: "AUTO21 bridges the gap between academia and industry, which allows us to work together on some of the most pressing problems of the industry. We are proud to support the participation of HQP, because the students who participate are the leaders of the next generation in automotive engineering. Knowing that young brains are involved in collaborative research projects, we are confident that the Canadian auto industry will grow by leaps and bounds. "

The team from the University of Toronto contributes to the project nanocomposite polymers recyclable and lightweight; it is headed by Professor Hani Naguib. Among the crew members, there are Qi (Aaron) and Guan Reza Rizvi.

The team from the University of British Columbia contributes to the project of prevention of injuries through adaptive design of the seats; it is directed by Professor Douglas Romilly. Among the crew members include Nima Ziraknejad, Pranay Anshul Saxena and Porwal.

"AUTO21 inter alia mandated to support student researchers across the country, said Dr. Peter Frise, CEO and scientific director of AUTO21. Our students continue to demonstrate their deep knowledge and expertise aimed at ensuring the sustainability of Canada's automotive industry. "

The annual competition offers prizes HQP totaling approximately $ 15,000. Sixteen teams semi finalists are selected from the number of initial participants, each team member receives a $ 50 voucher valid at a bookstore. Semi finalists must make a presentation to defend their project. Finalists are chosen as a result of this evaluation. Winners receive a cash prize will be divided among the crew members. Among the judges will include experts from industry and government and experts in research and development.

About AUTO21

AUTO21 supports nearly 200 researchers and 350 students in 46 universities located researchers across the country. AUTO21 partners include more than 120 public and private organizations. Benefiting an annual research budget of approximately $ 11 million, AUTO21 and its partners support projects in six key areas: health, safety and injury prevention; issues of society; the materials and manufacturing; the design process; powertrains, fuels and emission; and systems and intelligent sensors. AUTO21 receives support from the Government of Canada through the Networks of Centres program of excellence, and its administrative center is located at the University of Windsor.

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