Building the Next Generation of Vehicles
Canada’s automotive industry has a significant impact on our society, contributing hundreds of billions of dollars to our economy. In Ontario alone, the amount is more than $100 billion.
But we can’t take these contributions for granted. To be globally competitive, we have to be first to market. We also have to encourage innovation and be on the leading edge of automotive technology.
To that end, Dr. Amir Khajepour, Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems, is promoting revolutionary concepts and innovations for a wide range of automotive systems and technologies. He does this by encouraging students and researchers to “think outside of the box.”
Khajepour aims to improve the efficiency of combustion engines, develop technologies for safer, environmentally friendly vehicles, and develop systems to reduce or eliminate vehicle idling. He will draw on the expertise of a diverse research team to enable rapid innovation through collaborative projects.
Khajepour and his team will focus on technology transfer to industry, putting theory into practice and building lasting partnerships with Canada’s leading manufacturers. They will train the next generation of engineers to support our automotive industry, and will encourage elementary and high school students to study engineering and science through a youth outreach program.
Ultimately, Khajepour’s work will lead to new technologies for designing and popularizing urban vehicles, more efficient internal combustion engines, and anti-idling systems for service vehicles.