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MTSU Researcher Perry’s Retro-fit Plug-in Hybrid Car Kit Makes Canada Publication’s top-10 List

While visiting a sister in Greenville, S.C. Friday, MTSU engineering technology professor Dr. Charles Perry learned that his plug-in hybrid retrofit kit research project (pictured above) has received international recognition.

Toronto-based Design Engineering has selected Perry and his research team’s success as one of the “Top 10 stories of 2012.” The recognition was announced Dec. 19. The retrofit kit story ranked 10th overall.

“That’s incredible,” said Perry, chairholder of the Russell Chair of Manufacturing Excellence, upon learning of the distinction. “This is all very exciting for MTSU, and as it turns out, I will be going to Toronto in January to talk to some potential investors.”

Mike McLeod, editor of Design Engineering, a Canadian trade magazine for mechanical engineers that has been publishing since 1956, said being chosen “as part of our top 10 is purely a popularity contest.”

“Throughout the year, I write or relay stories to our website ( that I believe would be of interest to our readership,” McLeod said. “”Each week, I compile the latest stories into an e-newsletter that goes out to our subscriber list. Over the course of a year, that’s approximately 300 to 400 or so (stories).

“At year end, I review our Google Analytics stats for the year and pick the 10 stories that had the most traffic (unique visitors, page views, etc). Dr. Perry’s retrofit kit was one of those stories that piqued our readers’ interest. Much of our readership is based in Ontario, Canada, where the automotive industry plays a key role. Any automotive story, especially electric-related, tends to do well. Dr. Perry’s story was the most popular of those, as well as a ‘best of show’ of all the stories we’ve done throughout the year.”

The Canadian Manufacturing Design Engineering staff’s top-10 stories also includes:
• No. 7: “U.S. Army successfully tests directed (50 billion-watt) lightning bolt weapon;

• No. 5: “Canadian human-powered helicopter hopes to take off this week;” and

• No. 3: “(Aerofex Corp.’s) Hover bike takes flight.”


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