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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Patrick Smith

B.Eng, MSc

Research and Development Engineer


At ACE, Patrick focuses on aerodynamic research and development projects. He was brought into the project due to his experience with moving ground plane wind tunnel testing but has since expanded his role. He enjoys the ability to interact with customers to develop testing solutions while also driving towards the future research that ACE will be a part of.

Patrick is also involved in the facilitation of future testing methodologies and strengthening the integration of academic opportunities within ACE. He is currently investigating new data collection strategies, testing fixture acquisition, postgraduate research opportunities and the initial design of undergraduate labs.

Before joining ACE, in January 2019, Patrick came from a background in Motorsport Engineering where he focused on wind tunnel aerodynamics during his time at Hendrick Motorsports in Concord, NC. He is a graduate of OntarioTech with a B.Eng in Automotive Engineering and continued his post graduate studies at Cranfield University in the UK by completing his MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering. Including Patrick’s manufacturing experience at GM Oshawa Assembly Plant and past positions in customer relations, Patrick brings a wide range of experiences to ACE.