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PEO Council 2018-2019

Roydon Fraser, PhD, P.Eng., FEC

Roydon Fraser received a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at Queen’s University and his master’s degree and doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University. He is a professor in the mechanical and mechatronics engineering department at the University of Waterloo. He joined PEO in 1991, serving on the executive of the Grand River Chapter (formerly the Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph-Cambridge chapters) starting in 1993, and chairing the chapter in 1996. Fraser supervises the University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT), which competes internationally in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs), such as the current EcoCar 3 Competition, with the goal of offering unparalleled hands-on, real-world experience to engineering students. He received the 2014 National Science Foundation Outstanding Long Term Faculty Advisor Award. Over a multi-year design and build cycle, UWAFT achieves reduced fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and tailpipe emissions, all while maintaining consumer acceptability in the areas of performance, utility and safety. UWAFT is proud to have built the world’s first, student-built, fuel-cell vehicle to complete successfully all of AVTC’s production vehicle tests. Fraser’s research interests include vehicle powertrain design, vehicle emissions health impacts, compressed air energy storage, deep geothermal energy, thermoacoustics, oilsands tailings pond elimination, and remote sensing indicators of urban, crop and ecosystem health and development. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, and is a lifetime member of the Sandford Fleming Foundation. He serves on PEO’s Academic Requirements and Discipline committees, both since 1999.