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2016

Western Engineering students honoured at CME Annual Recognition Night
Western Engineering News | May 19, 2016

Two MME students were recognized for their contributions to the Internship Program at Western Engineering and their demonstrated interest in manufacturing.


Professors Jiang and Yang awarded NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements

Two MME Professors awarded $120,000 over three years in recognition of their leadership and innovative research programs.


MME Entrepreneur awarded $5000 in pitch competition
Media Relations | April 13, 2016

The 2016 installment of the Seed Your Startup entrepreneurial plan and pitch competition has awarded its $5,000 top prize to MME graduate student entrepreneur Alan Kalbfleisch to help launch and grow his venture Pascal Press.


Sun awarded over $500,000 in NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants competition
Western News | March 9, 2016

MME Professor Andy Sun has been awarded $536,800 over three years for this project entitled "Atomically controlled Pt-based electrocatalysts with high stability and ultra-low loading for PEM fuel cells,” which applies nanotechnology to address key challenges in the development of next-generation fuel cells.


Klassen and Altahan recognized for their teaching achievements

MME Instructors Robert Klassen and Walid Altahan have been named to the 2014-2015 USC Teaching Award Honour Roll in recognition of their outstanding achievements in teaching.


Straatman elected to Faculty Senate

MME Professor Anthony Straatman has been elected to represent the Faculty of Engineering in Western’s Faculty Senate from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018.

2015 Archives

Yang’s Sketchable Elastic Circuit technology featured in Chemical & Engineering News

Researchers in Dr. Jun Yang’s group have developed a new silver-based ink that enables users to jot electrical circuits using conventional ballpoint pens.


Price featured in CSME Bulletin, New Faculty Spotlight

MME Faculty member, Dr. Aaron Price, works to discover new smart materials for biomechatronic systems.


Student Recognition

The Fall Awards Ceremony was held on November 19th, 2015 and 13 students in the MME programs were among the recipients.


Banner Year for Western Formula Racing
Chris Kornas & Sameh Khan | September 20, 2015

Western Formula Racing team reports 2015 as the most successful season ever.


Floryan elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
Western News | October 8, 2015

A Council of Representatives from the American Physical Society have elected J.M. Floryan a Fellow of the Society.


Vanier Celebrates Nation's Finest Graduate Students
Western News | October 8, 2015

Tengyuan Zhang, a graduate student in Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named among four Western PhD candidates to receive the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.


Ralph Buchal named a teaching fellow at Western’s Teaching Support Centre
Western News | September 3, 2015

Ralph Buchal, Engineering, will develop tools to engage students in computer-supported collaborative knowledge building in face-to-face, blended and online courses, using a design-based research methodology.


Nectro: drawing functional electronic circuits by hand
Technology.org | August 4, 2015


PhD student writing new circuit solutions
Western Engineering News | July 29, 2015

Tengyuan Zhang, a PhD student in Mechanical and Material Engineering, recently developed Nectro, a conductive pen that can be used to draw electric circuits quickly and with ease.


CANCAM 2015: Bringing together world leaders in the field of mechanics
Western Engineering News | July 9, 2015

Between May 31 and June 4, the Department of Mechanical and Material Engineering held the 25th Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics (CANCAM 2015) at Western. CANCAM is a biennial engineering conference started at the Université Laval in Québec City in 1967.


Formula Racing team stays on track
Western News | June 18, 2015

Western Formula Racing placed first among Canadian universities, and 10th overall.


CASI recognizes Floryan for contributions to aerospace industry
Western Engineering News | May 26, 2015

What do J.M. Floryan, Western Engineering’s department chair of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and Chris Hadfield have in common? They both shared the stage at the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) Aero 2015 Conference.


Engineering students apply their education to real-life issues
Western Engineering News | April 17, 2015

Students across Western Engineering capped their final year by completing their fourth-year capstone design projects to showcase their innovative and impactful engineering design work.


Working to cut weight from vehicles
Western Engineering News | March 31, 2015

Jeff Wood, an associate professor in Western’s Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and his research team are trying to take some weight off the shoulders of General Motors Canada employees.


Price brings international experience to teaching, research program
Western Engineering News | February 27, 2015

Aaron Price works in uncharted territory by developing smart materials for industrial applications, while bringing international industry experience to both the classroom and research laboratory.


Two Western Engineering students named among elite future entrepreneurs 
Western News February 12, 2015

James Crocker and Evan Ferguson are part of a group of just 38 students from across Canada chosen to take their entrepreneurial ideas to the next level.


Three Western Engineering researchers tapped for NSERC Strategic Project Grants
Western News | February 12, 2015

Professors Hugo De Lasa, Andy Sun and Denis O'Carroll were three of 78 grant recipients announced this week at the University of New Brunswick.

2014 Archives

Mechanical and Materials Engineering Mechatronic System Design Robotics Competition
Western Engineering News | December 3, 2014

Fourth-year Mechanical Engineering students enrolled in the Mechatronic System Design course participated in a competition on Dec. 2, which required teams to design, construct and demonstrate fully-functional, semi-autonomous exploratory robots.
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Engineering adds new dimension with 3D printers
Western News | November 27, 2014

If you dream it, you can build it. This is not just a mantra; it has become a reality for Mechanical and Materials Engineering students thanks to a new 3D printing lab.


Western Formula Racing 2014 - A Season of Excellence
by Matthew Crossan | November 18, 2014

Western Formula SAE earns the title of fastest car in Canada.


Striving for lifelong mobility
Western Media Relations | November 7, 2014

Western Engineering professor Jim Johnson is among the researchers of Western's new Cluster of Research Excellence in Musculoskeletal Health.


Western student making a splash on sport's biggest stage
Western News | September 25, 2014

When Gamal Assaad doesn’t have his head buried in his Mechanical Engineering books, you’re likely to find the second-year student in the pool.


Western Aero Design Soars over Competition
by Nathan Curiale & Arun Ravi Shankar | October 8, 2014

Western competes in the 2014 SAE Aero Design East Competition in Fort Worth, Texas.


Western SAE Baja Competition Results
by Doran Avivi | September 14, 2014

Western performs in Baja SAE competion in Kansas.


MME student projects place third in student design poster competition
Western Engineering News | July 2, 2014

Two Mechanical and Materials Engineering undergraduate design projects tied for third place in the Student Design Poster Competition at the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering International Congress 2014, held June 1-4 at the University of Toronto.


In memoriam - Doug Shinozaki
Western Engineering News | April 28, 2014

Western Engineering is saddened by the news Mechanical and Materials Engineering Professor Emeritus Doug Shinozaki died on March 23, 2014 at the age of 68. Shinozaki retired from Western in 2011.


Xueliang (Andy) Sun upgraded to Tier I Canada Research Chair
Western News | March 28, 2014

Xueliang (Andy) Sun had his Chair upgraded to Tier I Canada Research Chair in Development of Nanostructured Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion. Sun is developing nanotechnologies to address challenges in use for clean energy.


Professor charges toward better electric vehicle battery life
Western News | March 27, 2014

While you may see a Chevrolet Volt here, or a Nissan Leaf there, the future of the electric car has a way to go when it comes to safety, cost and, especially, performance. However, Engineering professor Andy Sun may have an answer to that final challenge.


Lab findings put patients on sound footing
Western News | March 13, 2014

Imagine being able to look inside the body in motion, and see not only the biomechanics of bones and joints, but also their interaction with the outside world. Working in Western’s Wolf Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, at the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, Jenkyn, the lab’s co-director, used a dozen cameras to capture a patient’s movement to understand conditions ranging from joint problems to sport injuries.


Advocate for women in engineering to present Lynda Shaw lecture
Western Media Release | March 11, 2014

Cristina Amon is known as a trailblazer and titan of engineering on both sides of the border. The Dean of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and Alumni Professor of Bioengineering in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering since 2006, Amon will deliver the 2014 Lynda Shaw Memorial Distinguished Lecture at Western University on Thursday, March 13 at 12:30 p.m. in the Spencer Engineering Building, Room 3109.


Western-led study reveals new surface chemistry in electric vehicle batteries
Western Media Relations | March 5, 2014

In a new study, published in Nature Communications, Western Engineering researcher Xueliang (Andy) Sun and his team of collaborators have shown for the first time ever that carbon coating not only affects conductivity and performance of electric car battery materials, but also alters the chemistry of the battery material's interactive surface.
[Metro News London article]


Three projects tapped for NSERC Strategic Project Grants
Western News | January 16, 2014

Projects led by Abdallah A. Shami, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Jun J. Yang, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, are among 77 scientific teams receiving more than $43 million in Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) programs. The projects are funded through the Strategic Project Grant.

2013 Archives

Breakthrough adds a new dimension to printing
Western News| November 21, 2013

Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor Jun Yang along with graduate student Tengyuan Zhang are developing a new approach to printing 3-D materials with easy-to-modify surfaces.


Tony Straatman, 11th president of the CFD Society of Canada
Western Engineering News| November 13, 2013

Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor Tony Straatman was named the 11th president of the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Society of Canada at the 2012 annual conference in Canmore, Alberta. His term will end in 2014, when the next president will be elected.


Team looks to steel tower power against storm
Western News | October 10, 2013

Ashraf El Damatty, along with Engineering professors Eric Savory, Horia Hangan and Girma Bitsuamlak, eight graduate students and two postdocs, have initiated a research program with Hydro One to mitigate future failures of transmission line structures during those events.


Scientists discover how to build cheaper, more efficient fuel cells
Fuel Cell Works | May 27, 2013

Using the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron, researchers have discovered a way to create cheaper fuel cells by dividing normally expensive platinum metal into nanoparticles (or even single atoms) for use in everything from automobiles to computers. The research findings, led by Western University’s Xueliang (Andy) Sun and Tsun-Kong (T.K.) Sham, were published recently by Scientific Reports, Nature’s online, open access, multidisciplinary publication: Single-atom Catalysis Using Pt/Graphene Achieved through Atomic Layer Deposition.


Eighteen students will gain hands-on engineering experience around the world this summer
Western Engineering News | May 2, 2013

Eighteen Western Engineering undergraduate students are traveling the world this summer as part of their engineering education at Western.


Jenkyn research team receives CFI funding
Government of Canada | January 15, 2013

The multi-disciplinary team led by Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor Tom Jenkyn and Western researchers David Holdsworth and Trevor Birmingham received $1,342,675 to better understand how joints move under normal conditions and after therapy.


Engineering class builds its own high-speed race car
London Free Press | January 14, 2013

A group of Western students have the wheels turning on plans to build a formula race car from scratch before the end of the semester.

2012 Archives

Fraunhofer ICT and University of Western Ontario open research facility in Canada
Composites World | November 10, 2012

The 12,000 ft2 (1,115m2) Fraunhofer Project Centre (FPC) for Composites Research will focus on volume production of lightweight composites for transportation, construction, industrial and aerospace applications.


Western, Fraunhofer celebrate launch of lightweight composites centre
Western News | November 6, 2012

A full house of local, national and international leaders helped Western and Germany's Fraunhofer Society launch the Fraunhofer Project Centre (FPC) for Composites Research at Western at the centres Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) location on Monday.


German giant Fraunhofer sets up shop in the Forest City
London Free Press | November 6, 2012

Hanging chads in Florida and U.S. presidential politics may have played a crucial role in how a futuristic research facility landed in London. German giant Fraunhofer shared a stage Monday with politicians and officials at Western University, at a facility that already has big clients in Ford, Chrysler and General Motors.


Harper government supports advanced manufacturing partnerships
Government of Canada News Release | November 5, 2012

Manufacturers in southern Ontario working on the production of innovative lightweight materials will benefit from Western University's new Fraunhofer Project Centre and a centre for commercialization of advanced manufacturing technology, thanks to an investment from the Harper Government.


FedDev pumping $10 million into London Fraunhofer Project Centre
London Free Press | November 5, 2012

More advanced manufacturing research, and the jobs that come with it, are coming to London.A London research centre will get more than $10 million from FedDev Ontario Monday, creating 20 direct research jobs making lightweight manufacturing materials.


Fraunhofer
CTV News | November 5, 2012

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The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research @ Western is "officially open for business"
Western Engineering News | November 5, 2012

Officially opened Monday, Nov. 5, the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research @ Western is North America’s latest industry-scale production environment for developing, testing, validating and characterizing new lightweight materials and advanced manufacturing processes. [See photos]


Driving the future: Western, Fraunhofer partnership answers 'The Why'
Western News | November 1, 2012

What brought Tobias Potyra, Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology manager of operations, and his company to Western, and its Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), will not only be celebrated next week, but hopefully resonate at the university for years to come.


Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research @ Western
Western University | September 29, 2011

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New surgeons use robots to train
London Free Press | August 29, 2012

Practice makes perfect, even with a robotic arm. Western Engineering professors Dr. Louis Ferreira and Dr. James Johnson, co-directors of St. Joseph's Hand and Upper Limb Centre, expect surgeons-in-training to soon be going at cadavers using surgical simulators and computer-guided tracking systems and robotic arms.


Meet the monster press
London Community News | July 11, 2012

It looks like a support tower for a bridge and if dropped, the resulting shockwave could damage nearby buildings. The monstrous Compress Plus 2500T press is the centerpiece of the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composite Research (FPC), a collaborative research project between the Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), a German research and development firm, and Western University.


Western projects get internal boost
Western News | June 21, 2012

Four Western Engineering researchers are one step closer towards moving their work toward commercialization with awards from the Western Innovation Fund. Electrical and Computer Engineering professors Jin Jiang and Jayshri Sabarinathan, and Mechanical and Materials Engineering professors Kamran Siddiqui and Jun Yang are among the award recipients.


Material Gain
Business London | June 2012

When science fiction comes true, the process often lean more toward evolution than big bang. Tobias Potyra, manager of operations at the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research @ Western and Jeff Wood, associate professor in Mechanical and Materials Engineering, discuss how the research facility will make London an international hub for composites research and development.


Shuhui Sun awarded 2012 Governor General’s Gold Medal
Western Engineering News | June 13, 2012

Western Engineering alumnus Shuhui Sun, PhD'11, has been honoured with the 2012 Governor General’s Gold Medal for graduate study at Western University. These medals recognize students who have completed their graduate studies at the highest level of academic standing.


Building research success
Western Engineering News | June 6, 2012

Western University's Advanced Manufacturing Park is starting to take shape with the ongoing construction of the WindEEE Dome and the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research @ Western. Watch the progress unfold through photos of the construction.


24th Canadian Materials Science Conference
Western Engineering News | June 5, 2012

Western Engineering is hosting the 24th Canadian Materials Science Conference on Western’s campus from June 5 – 8, 2012. The theme of the conference is: Materials: Atoms to Applications. For more information, please visit the conference website.


Automotive research gets direct injection
Western News | May 31, 2012

Research led by Western Engineering professors Jeffrey Wood, Xianbin Wang and Weiming Shen is among three Western-led projects targeting smarter systems, better materials and safer roadways benefiting from a $22 million investment by Canada's automotive research program, the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence. [Metro News article]


Perfect summer running down perfect storms
Western News | May 24, 2012

This won't be a summer at the beach for Maryam Refan. Three weeks into a summer-long stay in ‘Tornado Alley’, the Mechanical Engineering PhD student plans to spend her holiday chasing tornadoes – all in the name of research.


Western Engineering students trade textbooks for plane tickets this summer
Western Engineering News | May 8, 2012

From the United States, Russia and India to China, Tanzania and Madagascar, several Western Engineering students will be traveling abroad this summer to conduct research and gain hands-on experience. Some of the students will be blogging about their activities.


Johnson appointed Graham King Research Chair at Schulich
Western Engineering News | January 25, 2012

Jim Johnson, director of Biomedical Engineering and professor in Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been appointed the Graham King Research Chair in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for a five-year term.


Research led by Sun and Zhou receives CFI funding boost
Western Engineering News | January 24, 2012

Two projects led by Western Engineering researchers Xueliang (Andy) Sun and Wenxing Zhou were among five at The University of Western Ontario and Lawson Health Research Institute to receive $1.2 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
Here comes the sun: Novel solar technology helps track sun’s movement
Western Engineering News | January 18, 2012

Solar farms are sprouting up across the country at an exponential pace and this push for harvesting greener energy has prompted a Western Engineering researcher to figure out a way capitalize on daylight hours. Kamran Siddiqui, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, along with his graduate student Hassan Hassan, has developed a smart solar tracker and a load compensator for solar collectors.  [See London Free Press article and video]