Future Electronics assists McGill University in student engineering projects

Sept. 15, 2010
Date Announced: 15 Sep 2010 Montreal, Quebec – Future Electronics today announced a collaboration with Montreal-based McGill University on four lighting and renewable energy projects designed by 41 engineering students as part of their senior-year course requirements. One of the projects, an energy-efficient LED fixture for underground transit use, earned a graduation prize for the four participating students.Future Lighting Solutions, a provider of LED lighting components and solution support, and Future Energy Solutions, a new sister company dedicated to helping reduce global energy consumption, supplied LEDs and other system components, training in solid state lighting technology, access to proprietary engineering software, and engineering support including optical and thermal simulations. Both are divisions of Montreal-based Future Electronics, the third largest electronic component distributor in the world.The cross-disciplinary, two-semester initiative involved the university’s engineering, law and management departments. It marked the third collaboration between Future Lighting Solutions and McGill faculty and students since 2007.“This partnership with Future Lighting Solutions and Future Energy Solutions gave our engineering students the opportunity to develop real-world applications, work alongside a team of experts, and see the various challenges involved,” said James J. Clark, Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Engineering at McGill. “Participating students said it was an extraordinarily valuable experience to interact with Future’s engineers and executives.”“This collaboration is part of our commitment to providing hands-on experience to the engineers of tomorrow,” said Jamie Singerman, Worldwide Corporate VP, Future Lighting Solutions. “It also strengthens our relationship with McGill and connects us with talented students who may be following a career path in solid state lighting.”The fixture design that won the Mechanical Engineering department’s annual Harry Pearce Prize used 48 neutral white LUXEON® Rebel LEDs to illuminate an underground train station platform. The other three projects included an LED street light designed to meet urban road requirements in China, an eco-city review of technology for sustainable living, and an energy audit of the Future Electronics offices in Pointe-Claire.About Future Lighting SolutionsFuture Lighting Solutions is a leading provider of LED lighting components and support services for solid-state lighting products and installations, including engineering expertise, concept development, full system solutions and online tools that accelerate quality application development. The company is a division of Future Electronics.About Future Energy SolutionsFuture Energy Solutions is a provider of components, engineering solutions and system solutions that address the global need to reduce carbon emissions and become more energy efficient. Future Energy Solutions is applying Future Electronics' engineering knowledge, logistics, supply chain expertise and financial strength to help the world reduce energy consumption, move to renewable energy sources and reduce carbon emissions.

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