media release

Have wheels will travel – for cancer research

June 20, 2012

Abhi Nanjundappa,
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;


Abhi Nanjundappa
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On Saturday, Abhishek (Abhi) Nanjundappa, a PhD student at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus, will pedal 400 kilometres – for the second time – in a bid to raise funds for cancer research.

He’ll participate in the Ride2Survive from Kelowna to Vancouver, a one-day trek to help raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

The doctoral student in mechatronics systems engineering (MSE) knows only too well how grueling the 15-hour trek can be, having completed it last June.

“It’s a long ride, there’s no question,” says Nanjundappa, who only started cycling last year. Working with a physiotherapist, he trains with a group of nearly 100 riders in Delta. Most will participate Saturday.

When he’s not on his bike, Nanjunddappa is immersed in research involving collaborations with industry partner Ballard Power Systems on the development of new simulation tools for the next generation of cost-effective fuel cell systems – research that could lead to their greater performance and durability.

Nanjundappa earned his mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree in Bangalore, India, and his Master’s degree in computational and experimental turbulence from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, with research based at the German Aerospace Center, Gottingen.

President of the Engineering Graduate Student Association at SFU, Nanjundappa has already raised $2,600 and is within sight of his $3,000 goal. His last year’s donations also surpassed $2,000. All of the funds go towards research, with any costs associated with the ride picked up by the riders.

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