Auto Research Lab opens with a Ceremonial Christening

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

John McPhee, Jamie Clark, Nasser Azad, Daiene Vernile, Pierre Normand, Pearl Sullivan and Brian May opening the facilityFrom Waterloo Engineering News.

A state-of-the-art automotive research and testing facility that was five years in the making officially opened at the University of Waterloo today with a twist on the old ship-christening tradition.

Instead of a hull, dignitaries marked the launch of the Green and Intelligent Automotive (GAIA) Research Facility by smashing bottles on a ceremonial tire.

“GAIA is the first of its kind in Canada,” Pearl Sullivan, Dean of Waterloo Engineering, told about 50 guests. “This is world-class. We now can compete head-on as an international player.”

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