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The Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology is a research and development facility that offers chambers and technology for thermal management and aerodynamics including structural durability and life-cycle testing. Facilities include one of the largest and most sophisticated climatic wind tunnels (CWT) on the planet. ACE is a university-owned and operated research and development facility that commenced operations in 2011. Its original mandate was focused on the research and engineering development of automotive systems with an emphasis on Industry partnerships. Over the years ACE has diversified its market sectors and increased its community involvement and education. This paper will present examples of how ACE has interacted with the community and education sector to help transform the educational experience of not only students but the community at whole. It will discuss how revenue generation has been balanced to support educational and training needs. ACE also promotes research projects with the university and its impact and challenges in this area will be presented in the paper.
Liscano, R., Toporowski, D., Komar, J., & Elfstrom, G. (2016, November 2-6). On the Transformative Growth of the UOIT Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) from Industry Research to Collaborative Industry/Academic Research and Experiential Learning. Paper presented at the Higher Education in Transition Symposium, Oshawa, Ontario Canada.