Faculty of Engineering

News Archive

January 2014

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.
[Read more]

February 2014

Varma receives Pride of India, Jewel of India
Western News | Friday, February 28, 2014
Western Engineering professor Rajiv Varma has been awarded two of his country’s highest honours – the Bharat Gaurav (Pride of India) and Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) awards.
[Read more]


Bringing discovery to the community
Western News | February 27, 2014
Discovery Western is the kind of camp mad scientists might have gone to as children. The organization, a not-for-profit run by Western Engineering and staffed by students, strives to increase the awareness of, and cultivate interest in, engineering and technology in young people in London and surrounding communities.
[Read more]


Alumnus Patrick Dion brings mental health message to Western
Western News | February 26, 2014
Patrick Dion, vice-chair Mental Health Commission of Canada and Western Engineering alumnus, will deliver a free lecture about tackling the stigma of mental health issues, as well as courageously standing up against associated discrimination on Wednesday, March 5.
[Read more]


Welcome, our newest faculty member
Western Engineering News | February 26, 2014
Lauren Flynn comes to Western continuing her exploration of novel biomaterials and tissue engineering strategies that will improve health.
[Read more]


Dean's message: Building momentum
Western Engineering News | February 26, 2014
After almost five years as dean, I'm proud of what Western Engineering has achieved, and, as we work together, I look forward to an extraordinary future.
[Read more]


Riding the Thrill
Western Engineering News | February 26, 2014
They designed. They built. They raced. This month, Western hosted 450 students from Canada's top engineering programs at the 40th annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race. Up next, the Canadian Engineering Competition in March at Western.
[Read more]


How two graduates spied a business in construction defects
The Globe and Mail | February 19, 2014
They started by driving around London, Ont., in the early mornings looking for construction sites. Mallorie Brodie and Lauren Hasegawa, BESc‘13 (Civil, Structural), had a hunch the building industry was ripe for some kind of mobile innovation – they just weren’t sure what.
[Read more]


Services set for Engineering student
Western News | February 19, 2014
The Western community is mourning the death of Taylor Ogram, 20, an Engineering student, who died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
[Read more]


Engineering 'nightmare' may be a dream for future surgeons
Western News | February 13, 2014
Ali Tavallaei lives 'an engineer's worst nightmare' every single day at Western. And he wouldn't have it any other way. The Biomedical Engineering PhD student's work at Western’s Robarts Research Institute involves designing and fabricating robots for image-guided surgery that can function within an MRI machine.
[Read more]


PhD student earns out-of-this-world NASA honour
Western News | February 6, 2014
Raymond Francis, a Western PhD student studying Electrical and Computer Engineering, has developed an algorithm that allows a computer system to autonomously interpret images of the sky from Mars. Francis received the NASA Group Achievement Award for his contributions to an outstanding group accomplishment.
[Read more]

March 2014

New climate change report details threats to global security, possibilities of violent conflict
The Globe and Mail | March 30, 2014
Paul Kovacs, executive director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, is a lead author for the North American chapter of a report that for the first time includes human security in its review of how global warming will be experienced around the world.
[Read more]


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.
[Read more]


Mequanint and El Damatty named Western Faculty Scholars
Western News | March 27, 2014
Kibret Mequanint, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, and Ashraf El Damatty, Civil and Environmental Engineering, are among the recipients of Western University's 2014 Faculty Scholars awards.
[Read more]


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.
[Read more]


Western students come out winners in Capstone Design Competition in Sarnia
The Lambton Shield | March 21, 2014
Students from Western University’s Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department were at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park in Sarnia Friday, presenting their final design projects to a panel of judges from local industry.
[Read more]


Engineering students to compete in annual competition
Sarnia This Week | March 20, 2014
More than 50 students from Western University's Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering will be in Sarnia tomorrow (March 21) for the ninth annual Capstone Engineering Design and Competition.
[Read more]


Western engineering students design robotic arm to improve lives of stroke victims
London Free Press | March 13, 2014
Engineers for years have tried to build an affordable robot to helps victims of stroke recover movement and sensation — and now a team at Western think they may make it happen.
[Read more]


Engineering students compete for 'best in Canada' title
Western Media Release | March 13, 2014
More than 150 of the country’s best and brightest engineering students from 27 universities compete in seven different competitions at the Canadian Engineering Competition held at Western University March 13-16.
[Read more] [Flickr gallery]


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.
[Read more] [Flickr gallery]


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.
[Read more] [Metro News London article]

April 2014

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.
[Read more]


Elnashai delivers Western Engineering Distinguished Lecture
Western Engineering News | April 28, 2014
Amr S. Elnashai, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean, College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, delivered the Western Engineering Distinguished Lecture on April 24. Elnashai spoke about “Models and Methods for Comprehensive Assessment of Disaster Impact on Vulnerable Communities.”
[Read more] [Flickr gallery]


Rahman honoured for excellence in teaching
Western Engineering News | April 28, 2014
Quazi Rahman, Electrical and Computer Engineering assistant professor, was recently awarded the USC Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) Award for Excellence in Teaching.
[Read more]


El Damatty named Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
Western Engineering News | April 28, 2014
Ashraf El Damatty, Civil and Environmental Engineering chair, has been elected a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE). El Damatty will be presented this honour at the CSCE Annual Conference awards banquet, held at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel on May 30.
[Read more]


Hayter Group ‘gives back’ to SunStang
Western Engineering News | April 22, 2014
Hayter Group, a plumbing, heating, geothermal and solar company based in southwestern Ontario, has donated $1,000 to SunStang to support the costs of building the car and participating in the Formula Sun Grand Prix.
[Read more]


Engineering student wins Three Minute Thesis competition
Western News | April 17, 2014
Joseph Donohue, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering master's student, won the annual Three Minute Thesis competition, hosted by Western's School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Donohue presented his thesis on the "Scale-up of a circulating fluidized-bed bioreactor to treat municipal wastewater."
[Read more]


Students showcase innovation at Thames Valley Science and Engineering Fair
Western Engineering News | April 7, 2014
Student innovators from throughout the London and Middlesex region gathered at Western University recently to showcase more than 180 projects exploring the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the Thames Valley Science and Engineering Fair held April 5-6.
[Read more]


First-Year students showcase accessibility designs
Western Engineering News | April 3, 2014
More than 410 first-year Western Engineering students participated in the First-Year Design Showcase held April 3 at the Great Hall, Western University. The students shared their innovative design ideas based on the theme, "Reducing Barriers to Accessibility."
[Flickr gallery]

May 2014

Engineering students place second in IDeA Student Competition
Western News | May 13, 2014
A team of five Western Engineering students have placed second in the Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) Student Competition for their Phineas Sensor System - a sensor that emits a sound when swimmers who have visual impairments near the end of a pool, or runners make their way around a track. The team, which includes Joseph Santarelli, Ahmed Tanashi, Justin Lam, Shuang Song and Nicole Kucirek, also won a bonus prize for para-sport/active living submission.
[Read more] [Toronto Star] [Global News video] [BNN video]


WECCA places ninth overall in Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition
What WE have to say blog | May 15, 2014
Western Engineering Concrete Canoe Association placed ninth overall at the Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition held in Sherbrooke, Quebec May 9-11.
[Read blog post]

June 2014

Margaritis inducted Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering
Western Engineering News | June 30, 2014
Argyrios (Gerry) Margaritis, professor of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, has been inducted a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). The ceremony took place on June 26 in St. John’s, in conjunction with the 2014 Annual General Meeting and Symposium.
[Read more]


NSERC awards help Western, Canada ‘lead in the world’
Western News | June 26, 2014
Western Engineering professor Ana Luisa Trejos is a recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant. Trejos is one of more than 130 Western researchers who will share $15 million in awards from NSERC over the next five years. Trejos is working on finding solutions to musculoskeletal disorders by designing, testing and creating wearable mechatronic braces for rehabilitation of sprains, injuries and chronic conditions such as arthritis, for which it is hard to find suitable treatment.
[Read more]


Collider centre to accelerate research and development
Western News | June 23, 2014
Western’s Collider Centre for Technology Commercialization (Collider) is anticipated to be one of North America’s go-to centres for research, testing and commercialization of advanced manufacturing technology. The facility, located at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, officially opened its doors on June 23 with the help of Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario, and Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin–Middlesex–London.
[Read more]


Could Angus tornado damage have been prevented?
Toronto Star | June 20, 2014
As Gregory Kopp toured tornado-ravaged homes in Angus, Ont., this week, his thoughts turned to depressingly familiar terrain. The damage could have been greatly mitigated with some simple building fixes to roofs, he says.
[Read more]


Western student wins top prize at national 3-Minute Thesis competition
Western News | June 16, 2014
Western University biochemical engineering student Joseph Donohue has won the top prize at Canada’s National 3-Minute Thesis competition (3MT), a research communication competition where graduate students have three minutes or less to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers.
[Read more]


Research team excited about WindEEE Dome
Western Engineering News | June 13, 2014
Western University offered media a sneak peek of WindEEE (Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment) Dome, the world's first 3D wind testing chamber, on Monday, June 9. WindEEE Dome is world's first three-dimensional wind testing chamber, which allows scientists to address important scientific, economic and societal challenges related to wind, while evaluating energy potential and damage risks.
[Read more]


New wind research laboratory seeks to understand effects of storms
The Globe and Mail | June 11, 2014
Horia Hangan doesn’t hesitate when you ask him why he finds wind so fascinating. His brainchild is the newly completed Wind Engineering Energy Environment Research Institute – WindEEE – a $34-million domed laboratory that sits like a giant tortoise over the rural landscape near London, Ont.
[Read more]


Students take flight and blog about summer international experiences
Western Engineering News | June 11, 2014
Twenty-three Western Engineering undergraduate students are traveling the world this summer and fall as part of their engineering education at Western. Follow the students’ experiences this summer on the “What WE have to say” blog.
[Read more]


Western University facility creates mini tornadoes
Global News | June 10, 2014
Canada may not be as tornado-prone as our southern neighbours, but that hasn’t stopped Canadian researchers from trying to better understand one of the most destructive forces of nature.
[Read more]


Welcome to the Western University tornado factory
Metro London | June 9, 2014
They’re making something unusual at London’s Advanced Manufacturing Park, and it could change the world. They’re making miniature tornadoes – or, at least, something a lot like them. The experts behind Western University’s huge, hexagonal wind factory, the WindEEE Dome, took Metro on a tour Monday of a unique facility that’s already grabbing the attention of the scientific community worldwide.
[Read more]


Annual ‘Research Bridges’ Event Today
Blackburn News | June 6, 2014
The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park welcomed over 100 graduate students from Western University’s Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department Friday. It was part of the park’s fifth annual Research Bridges event.
[Read more]


PhD candidate taking the pressure off glaucoma diagnosis
Western News | June 5, 2014
Mansur Mulk, a PhD candidate in Biomechanical Engineering, is working to improve the standard, yet fallible, techniques used to diagnose glaucoma, the second leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world’s aging population.If successful, Mansur Mulk might not only help glaucoma sufferers retain their sight, but save health-care providers big bucks as well.
[Read more]

July 2014

Western appoints Meister to Thompson Chair
Western News | July 8, 2014
Ivey Business School professor Darren Meister has been appointed the inaugural holder of the John M. Thompson Chair in Engineering Leadership and Innovation for a five-year term, which started July 1. In this new role, Meister will work to develop case-based courses to foster students’ leadership and innovation skills through the Certificate in Engineering Leadership and Innovation and the Integrated Engineering program within Western Engineering.
[Read more]


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.
[Read more]