Automotive innovation puts engineering students in first place
Two Queen’s graduate students recently took top honours for their research on the efficacy of batteries used in environmentally-friendly cars. The pair was recognized out of more than 60 teams from across the country at the AUTO21 Conference.
“It’s great that the judges recognized the hard work we’ve put into the research project over the past two years,” says Anthony Jarrett, a master’s student in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and one of the award recipients.
Mr. Jarrett and and co-recipient Ben Banks’s research focused on creating guidelines that could be manipulated to provide a solution for a variety of different inefficiencies in the design of battery cooling systems, rather than tackling any one specific problem. The students partnered with General Motors for the project.
“Our algorithm and design guidelines give GM an extra tool to optimize their own designs based on their specific operating requirements,” says Mr. Jarrett.
AUTO21 is Canada’s national automotive research program. It supports 200 researchers and 350 graduate students at 45 universities across the country. The competition is held annually in conjunction with the program’s conference. It is judged by government officials and industry experts and its goal is to have talented students help Canada become an international leader in automotive research and development. More information on the program and competition can be found at www.auto21.ca.