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BC: DM | Created by a grateful group from the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta

FC: A Book of Appreciation for | December 2012 | Dr. David Morris | The Department of Mechanical Engineering Faculty of Engineering University of Alberta

1: The David Morris Graduate Scholarship in Automotive (Mechanical) Engineering Award Recipients 2007 ~ 2011/2012

2: The Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta

3: A few notes of thanks... | The | Dear David, Please accept this book as a token of our appreciation for your generosity in (re)establishing the David Morris Graduate Scholarship in Automotive (Mechanical) Engineering at the University of Alberta between the years of 2007-2011/2012. This book is a collection of messages from each of the recipients for the past five years who wished to share with you the impact this scholarship has made in their lives. With the help of your gift, each were able to enrich their graduate experience to the fullest and chart new paths in their education, careers and lives in ways they never imagined. The following are their stories of thanks for the gift they received. All of us here at the Department of Mechanical Engineering thank you for your generosity and support, and wish you well in your philanthropic journey forward, wherever that may take you. Take care and enjoy the book... With appreciation, the students, staff and faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, UofA

4: The greatest thing is being nice; you are more than that. Thank you for what you are. ~ Christopher Mutambo

5: TERMS OF REFERENCE David Morris Graduate Scholarship in Automotive (Mechanical) Engineering Funded by Dr. David T. Morris Value: $10,000 Eligibility: Awarded on an annual basis to a student registered full-time in a graduate degree program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering whose major field of study and research is Automotive Engineering. In the absence of a candidate whose major field of study is Automotive Engineering, a suitable candidate from an associated area of study or research such as Alternative Fuels in the Department of Mechanical Engineering may be chosen. Students may hold this award for a second or third year. Application: There is no application form; eligible students will be considered automatically by the Department of Mechanical Engineering Administrative Responsibility: Dean of Engineering Source of Funds: Annually funded from 2007 through 2011 Deadline: 15 June Donor Contact: Dr. David T. Morris, President, David Morris Fine Cars Ltd. Terms of Reference Approved: October 2006

7: The Recipients... ...those for whom your kindness and support assisted at a crucial time in their lives. Following are their messages and expressions of thanks to you for being a part of their future. | Stories...

8: Daniel Handford ~ 2007/2008 | Dear Dr. Morris I would like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude for your generosity in supporting Mechanical Engineering graduate students with the David Morris Scholarship in Automotive Engineering. I was awarded the scholarship in 2007, during the second year of my M.Sc. program. The award allowed me to focus solely on my studies, and purchase a laptop computer to work off-campus and give conference presentations. The scholarship also allowed me to graduate without taking on the high debt loads common for Canadian students. This in turn has helped me to make the transition to the workforce, and subsequently to re-enter graduate studies in a strong position to go for my Ph.D. Your contribution to my studies and research has left a lasting impression of your commitment to education at the University of Alberta, and it is most appreciated. Sincerely, Daniel Handford M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, 2009

9: How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world. ~ William Shakespeare

10: Appreciation is for now, gratitude is forever. ~ Paula Lindemann

11: Mahdi Shahbakhti ~ 2008/2009 | I was honoured to receive the David Morris Graduate Scholarship in Automotive Engineering in 2008. This scholarship not only provided me with financial support to freely concentrate on my PhD research but also made me feel my automotive research is important and helped me to strengthen my confidence. I am currently teaching and doing research in the area of automotive engineering. I could not be in this position without the spiritual and financial support of great people like David Morris. I will always remember Dr. Morris in my life and his inspiration will always be with me while I am working in the university to prepare future generation of automotive powertrain engineers. Mahdi Shahbakhti, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering Engineering Mechanics Department Michigan Tech. University Houghton, MI

12: Dall | Dallin Bullock ~ 2009/2010 | Dear Dr. Morris, When I started my graduate studies here at the University of Alberta I had just gotten married and moved home to Canada with my wife. She is not a Canadian citizen and so she wasn't able to work for the first year that she was here. I was worried about how we would be able to afford our living expenses and my schooling during that first year. I was very hopeful that I would be able to receive some scholarship money in order to help us through that time. I am grateful for the funds that came from your scholarship. It has allowed me and my wife to get through that first year and through my entire program without having to take out student loans or go into debt. It has also allowed us to take advantage of opportunities to spend time with family, and helped us to start saving for our future. Thank you for your generosity, Sincerely, Dallin Bullock MSc Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta

13: Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ~ Voltaire

14: Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ~ Chitrakshi

15: Michael Schleppe ~ 2010/2011 | Dear Dr. Morris: I am writing this letter to express to you the large | De | Dear Dr. Morris I am writing this letter to express to you the large and positive impact that your scholarship, the David Morris Graduate Scholarship in Automotive (Mechanical) Engineering, has made on my studies and continues to make on my career and life. In the fall of 2011 I graduated with a Master's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta. At the beginning of my second year of studies I was lucky enough to be the recipient of your scholarship. My research was conducted within the Combustion and Environment group under the supervision of Dr. David Checkel and later Dr. Bob Koch. The main focus of my research and studies was in the area of internal combustion engines, specifically dealing with the simulation of combustion cycles. My thesis, titled "SI-HCCI Mode Switching Optimization Using a Physics Based Model", focused on the creation of a simple physics based, or "first principles" based, model of a single cylinder internal combustion undergoing what is known as a mode switch. In essence the model attempts to predict combustion timing when switching from a traditional spark ignition combustion mode to a Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) combustion mode. In the HCCI combustion mode a lean fuel and air mixture is ignited by means of compression of the gases trapped in the engine cylinder. HCCI combustion presents benefits in terms of reduced pollutant emissions and increased efficiency when compared to a traditional spark ignition or Diesel compression ignition cycle. When not in the lab or focusing on my studies I was pursuing a personal hobby, competing in the sport of target archery. The scholarships that I had received as a result of my academic success freed me from the need for a part time job and allowed time to enjoy some small success at this hobby of mine. From 2 010-2012 I have held the title of Alberta Provincial Champion in all three styles of target archery: outdoor target, indoor target, and field archery. During this time I also had the privilege to represent Canada at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. After the defense of my thesis and completion of my Master's degree, I started a Mechanical Engineering position in Calgary, with Fluor Canada Ltd. My background in internal combustion engine research and my interest in environmental science provided a strong foundation for a position as a rotating machinery engineer working on a Shell Quest Carbon Capture and Storage Project. This project is designed as an addition to the Shell Scotford Upgrader in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. In operation this plant will capture one million tones of CO2 per year, compressing it through a massive eight stage centrifugal compressor to a super critical state, and then piping it to injection wells where the CO2 will be injected deep underground. As a junior engineer I am responsible for a variety of mechanical equipment ranging from duplex stainless steel storage tanks to high speed pumps, as well as share an increasing level of responsibility assisting with the CO2 compressor. The David Morris Graduate Scholarship provided me with the freedom to pursue a thesis research project in the area of my interest, allowed me to continue in the competitive sport of target archery, provided reward and validation for the countless hours and hard work spent on my studies, and paved the way for my eventual position at Fluor. I would like to sincerely thank you for your contribution to my Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. This scholarship has had a resounding and lasting impact on my studies, life, and career. Yours truly, Michael Schleppe, E.I.T.

16: Ali Momenimovahed ~ 2011/2012 | Dear Dr. Morris I am writing this letter to thank you for your generous $10,000 scholarship. I am honoured to be a recipient of the David Morris Graduate Scholarship and I am deeply appreciative of your support. I am currently a PhD student in my third year working on nano-particle emissions from in-use vehicles at the University of Alberta. During the last three years, I attended two conferences in Canada (Windsor and Montreal) and I also participated in a collaborating project between the University of Alberta and the Indian Institute of Petroleum (Dehradun-India) so I was in India for one month to do some tests on Indian in-use vehicles. We tested diesel, LPG and gasoline passenger cars as well as several two wheelers including motorcycles and scooters. We submitted one journal paper and we are going to submit another one based on the test results in India. The financial assistance you provided was a great help to me in paying my educational expenses, and it allowed me to focus more on my studies and research. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and I hope sometimes in the future I will be able to give something back to the others and help students achieve their goals as you have helped me. Thank you again for your generous support. Sincerely, Ali Momenimovahed

17: We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. ~ John F. Kennedy

18: The Profs... | Department Chair 2002 - 2012 | David, Thank you for creating your generous scholarship. As a consequence you have significantly influenced the lives of the recipients, as well as maintained the vibrancy of automotive engineering research at the University of Alberta. The collective impact on students and the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been large. Larry | The David Morris Scholarship has helped us attract the best and brightest students into our automotive-related research programs. It's been a wonderful tool for building the quality of the research and the reputation of UofA Mechanical Engineering in the automotive world. David Checkel | This scholarship has been a tremendous way to attract top graduate students to our automotive program and has helped maintain and enhance our reputation in this area. The award recipients have always been very grateful for the scholarship and after graduation are having successful careers. Bob Koch

19: To be grateful must be felt through the heart, for nothing can compare to a person's kindness but the words thank you. ~ Desiree Tangpos

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