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Appointed to the National Research Council of Canada in 2006, Peter Frise is the executive director of automotive research and studies at the University of Windsor and the scientific director and chief executive officer of AUTO21, a federal Network of Centres of Excellence on the automobile of the 21st Century. AUTO21 is Canada’s largest research network and brings together over 230 researchers from 40 institutions working with nearly 500 graduate students in partnership with over 120 industry and public sector companies and organizations.
Prior to this, Frise was a professor in mechanical design and the Daimler Chrysler Canada/NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Mechanical Design at the University of Windsor. He has also held the position of associate professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Carleton.
Frise began his industrial career as an oil well wireline data logging engineer working for Schlumberger Wireline Services in Nigeria and then returned to Canada with Husky Injection Molding Systems as an R&D engineer and design group leader.
He serves on the boards of the Yves Landry Foundation, dedicated to enhancing technological education across Canada, the Council for Automotive Human Resources, the Stronach Centre for Innovation, the Georgian College – IRDI Advisory Committee and is active on several sub-committees of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council. Previously, he served eight years on the Governing Council of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and two years on the Council of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
Frise was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2000 and in 2001 he was elected Windsor and Essex County Engineer of the Year.