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Peter Frise

staff of AUTO21The staff of AUTO21 marked its sunset Thursday (from left): director of operations Sandra Bortolotti, scientific director and CEO Peter Frise, former director of external relations Stephanie Campeau, executive assistant Jan Stewart, and manager finance and administration Mary Anne Henderson. Absent: Raed Kadri, Kristie Pearce and Tina Hague.

Automotive research network produced results for industry and for Canadians

A reception Thursday celebrated the 15-year run of the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence.

AUTO21 bringing automotive sector to aerospace summit

Automotive manufacturers apply many of the same technologies as aerospace suppliers, making it a natural source of new business, says Peter Frise, scientific director of AUTO21.

The research network is helping automotive companies explore new opportunities within the aerospace sector, partnering with the Aerospace Industry Association of Canada to host an automotive pavilion at the Canadian Aerospace Summit, which opens today in Ottawa.

Engineering professor receives jubilee medal

Peter Frise is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation in style.

The UWindsor professor of mechanical, automotive and materials engineering and head of the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence has received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizing his outstanding contribution to Canada’s manufacturing and automotive sectors. The Canadian government created the medal to mark significant achievements in celebration of the jubilee year.

Fuel economy standards pose significant challenges for industry, says auto expert

Dramatic increases to the government imposed fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks in the U.S. may decrease the auto industry’s carbon foot print but pose some serious challenges for vehicle and component part manufacturers and the engineers who support them, according to Peter Frise.

“Fuel economy is going to have to improve 40 per cent from 2010 levels by 2016,” said Dr. Frise, the scientific director of the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence. “This is creating profound challenges for the industry.”

Child safety research gets $1.7 million boost

Research that will ultimately make it safer for children to get to school or home from the park whether they’re walking, pedalling their bikes or riding in the back of a car got a $1.7 million boost yesterday.

“Each year, about 130 Canadian children under the age of 15 die as a result of road traffic injuries,” said Anne Snowdon, AUTO21 Theme Coordinator for Health, Safety and Injury Prevention, and a professor at the Odette School of Business.