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Toyota invests $2.1M in automotive engineering at University of Waterloo


December 9, 2019
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) is investing $2.1 million in an engineering initiative at the University of Waterloo.

The partnership will launch an undergraduate engineering innovation challenge and support a variety of student, research and outreach initiatives.

“Toyota shares many of Waterloo Engineering’s research priorities, and we’re proud to be supporting them as they continue to drive engineering innovation forward,” says Fred Volf, president of TMMC.

The Toyota Engineering Innovation Challenge will involve a half-day “takeover” of the Waterloo Engineering Ideas Clinic.

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“Our partnership with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada allows our students and researchers to tackle difficult engineering and business challenges facing the automotive industry and come up with truly new and sustainable solutions that will strengthen the competitiveness of the Canadian sector,” says Pearl Sullivan, dean of Waterloo Engineering.

In recognition of TMMC’s financial support, a wing on the third floor of Engineering 7 dedicated to faculty and student research in additive manufacturing will be renamed the Toyota Additive Manufacturing Wing.  The Outreach space on the main floor of Engineering 7 will also be renamed, to the Toyota Outreach Space. TMMC will be formally recognized as a partner in the Engineering Ideas Clinic at the founder level.

TMMC will be the title sponsor of the University’s annual AutoTech Symposium for the next five years. The annual one-day event, now called the UWaterloo Autotech Symposium, presented by Toyota, brings together automotive and information technology innovators, connecting decision-makers across the auto and IT landscape.