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New engineer-in-residence

December 3, 2012 — 

Ed Hohenberg, P.Eng. received both a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the University of Manitoba, with heavy emphasis on automotive engineering. Upon graduation, Hohenberg spent a year as a research associate at the U of M, then moved into the Automotive Industry with a brief stint at Phillips Temro, helping design an engine/dyno testing lab, then to Motor Coach Industries as a Powertrain Engineer. After only a couple of weeks on the job there, Hohenberg was moved into Powertrain Development for the “new coach” project, engineering the powertrain installations for MCI’s new luxury “Renaissance” coach. When production of the new coach began, he left the powertrain engineering group to work on coach structure and suspension engineering, and was then put in charge of a new “Vehicle Dynamics” engineering group. Later, Hohenberg moved into Product Planning, developing new and advanced vehicle specifications and technologies, such as hybrid powertrains and automated manual transmissions, while also benchmarking competitors through research and testing. While at MCI, Hohenberg was awarded patents and other industry awards for his engineering work.

Since 1994, while working at Temro and MCI, Hohenberg taught the Internal Combustion Engines course in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Manitoba., More recently, he taught the Automotive Engineering Design course since 2003.

In the fall of 2001, Hohenberg left MCI to join the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program at Red River College, while still teaching the two Engineering courses at the U of M. At both schools, he has always been involved in advising and mentoring students working on automotive projects such as the RRC Solar Raycer, and the U of M SAE Race teams. While at RRC, Hohenberg also advised RRC students working on the EPA Tier 3 and Tier 4 Cummins engine installation applied research projects for MCI.

In addition to the RRC and U of M jobs, Hohenberg also started his own automotive engineering consulting business in early 2002, specializing in performance EFI engine calibration services for domestic built high performance and, or, racing vehicles.

In his spare time, Hohenberg has restored old cars, played in a band, and spent 15 years drag racing on the National Hot Rod Association circuit in both the Stock and SuperStock Eliminator classes, where he won his class at numerous National Events (including the prestigious US Nationals), and set several national records along the way.

Hohenberg is the definition of a “car guy” and the Faculty of Engineering is thrilled to have him come on board as an Engineer-in-Residence, teaching and advising our UMSAE student competition teams.

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