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Canada Research Chair recognition for engineering innovator

(Windsor, Ontario, Dec. 16, 2020) – When it comes to the motors that make electric cars go, UWindsor engineering professor Narayan Kar is one of the world’s leading experts.

The federal government highlighted that today by naming Dr. Kar a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair holder in electrified vehicles. 

The position comes with $200,000 in annual federal funding for seven years, a term renewable for an additional seven years. It provides Kar with steady funding to work on innovations that benefit the automotive industry and Canadian consumers. 

“Major challenges the global automotive industry faces today related to mass adoption of electrified vehicles include purchasing cost, driving range, performance, and durability— key barriers for advancing technologies and ensuring consumer friendliness,” Dr. Kar said. 

“The research under this Tier 1 Canada Research Chair program will involve multi-disciplinary collaborations among industry, academia and government and will advance electric vehicle adoption by holistically improving performance while lowering costs.” 

The CRC program is a national strategy to propel Canada to the forefront of research and development in the world. The program, launched in 2000, invests up to $295 million each year to attract and retain a diverse roster of up to 2,285 world-class researchers in engineering, the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and the social sciences. There are currently 1,922 of these positions filled. 

Navdeep Bains, federal minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced 260 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs this afternoon. 

“Our government is taking action to attract and retain the world’s brightest and most distinguished researchers,” Bains said. “For over 20 years, the Canada Research Chairs Program has been mobilizing Canada’s most esteemed academics to train and mentor the next generation of researchers and pursue ground-breaking research that responds to society’s economic, social and health needs. 

Kar’s research aims to develop electric vehicle motors, drives, and other powertrain components that are better performing, lighter, and more reliable, while being less costly to produce. 

He was previously named a Tier 2 CRC in electrified transportation systems from 2008 to 2018, a position that came with federal funding of $100,000 per year. 

CRC funding brings prestige and stability to research programs, explained K.W. Michael Siu, UWindsor’s vice-president, research and innovation. 

“Dr. Kar’s research under the Canada Research Chairs program will advance electric vehicle technology,” Dr. Siu said. “Dr. Kar has long-standing research relationships with industry partners and this program will boost that innovative work.” 


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