Faculty of Engineering

News Archive

January 2015

El Damatty receives global engineering recognitions
Western Engineering News | January 29, 2015
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Chair Ashraf El Damatty has recently received national and international recognition by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and the Wind & Structures: An International Journal.
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Robotics research rivets undergraduate student
Western Engineering News
| January 27, 2015
Andrea Zagar is on the leading edge of robotics research after seeking opportunities outside the purview of many undergraduate students.
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Western team to advance in Hult Prize competition includes Engineering student
Western News | January 23, 2015
Shivani Chotalia, an HBA and Green Process Engineering student, is on one of two teams of Western students who have advanced to the regional finals of the sixth annual Hult Prize Challenge, putting the eight students in line for the competition's $1-million prize, the organization announced today.
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Funding fuels hunt for deeper answers
Western News | January 20, 2015
Western Engineering researchers Lauren Flynn and Abouzar Sadrekarimi will receive funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to take their research to the next level.
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Robert Graham delivers Western Engineering Distinguished Lecture
Western Engineering News | January 15, 2015
Robert Graham credits the people he met and the perseverance he gained at Western for building a successful company that converts wood and other solid biomass to renewable liquid fuels.
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Engaging the public on micro grids and integration of renewable energy
Western Engineering News | January 14, 2015
Professor Jin Jiang and PhD candidate Dennis Michaelson, of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently gave a presentation to committee members and the general public at the Community Ecological Committee of the Portlands Energy Centre in Toronto.
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PhD candidate honoured for developing remote access to teaching equipment
Western Engineering News | January 9, 2015
Matt Cross is aiming to bring Western's leading-edge engineering lab equipment into universities across the country and was recently honoured for his work to develop remote access capability for robotics.
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It's getting 'Hoth' in here
Western News | January 8, 2015
Western Engineering’s Concrete Toboggan Team is heading to a galaxy far, far away – well, actually, the Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, B.C. – for the 2015 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race, Jan. 21-25
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Turning 'gunk' into a liquid gold
Western Engineering News | January 7, 2015
Finding a way to improve the efficiency of how heavy oil is upgraded is a challenge Cedric Briens is excited to take on as the NSERC Syncrude/ExxonMobil Industrial Research Chair in Fluid Coking Technologies at Western University.
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February 2015

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.
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Students celebrate research opportunities in China during Chinese New Year luncheon
Western Engineering News | February 24, 2015
Nicole Foster combined learning and travel last summer by immersing herself in Chinese culture while completing a summer research term at Zhejiang University of Technology in Hangzhou.
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Western Engineering students to compete against the best at CEC 2015
Western Engineering News | February 20, 2015
Jacob Green and Mitchell Morrison will compete against the best and brightest engineering students in the country when they head to the Canadian Engineering Competition 2015 (CEC 2015) at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL on March 6.
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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.
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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.
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Western Engineering students advance to Ontario Engineering Competition 2015
Western Engineering News | February 4, 2015
Western Engineering students are gearing up to exhbit engineering excellence at the 36th annual Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC 2015).
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WETT nabs two first-place finishes at GNCTR 2015
Western Engineering News | Feb. 3, 2015
The Western Engineering Concrete Toboggan Team (WETT) returned from the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race 2015 (GNCTR 2015) after nabbing two first-place finishes in toboggan design and structure during the annual competition.
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March 2015

University of Oxford students visit Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Western Engineering News | March 30, 2015
Western Engineering played host recently to a group of British students who arrived for a tour of its research facilities, partner industries and to meet with Canadian engineering students.
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Walls between faculties crumble
The Globe and Mail | March 26, 2015
Kathleen McAllister, a third-year chemical engineering student at the University of Western Ontario, is looking forward to a career where she can design new products and processes. But she also wants to acquire business skills to take her ideas to market.
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Students gear up for Thames Valley Science and Engineering Fair
Western Engineering News | March 26, 2015
More than 300 of the brightest young minds in science and engineering from London and surrounding areas will compete during the 45th Annual Thames Valley Science and Engineering Fair (TVSEF) from March 27-29.
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Western soars at SAE Lockheed Martin AeroDesign East Competition
Western Engineering News | March 26, 2015
Western Engineering’s AeroDesign Team took flight at the SAE Lockheed Martin Aero Design East Competition at the Sun N' Fun and Aerospace Discovery Centre in Lakeland, Fla. from March 13-15.
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Chotalia presents business model at Hult Prize Competition in Dubai
Western Engineering News | March 25, 2015
Shivani Chotalia, a fifth-year Green Process Engineering student, travelled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates earlier this month to participate in the sixth annual Hult Prize Challenge.
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Tattle challenges audience to find their passion during Lynda Shaw Memorial Lecture
Western Engineering News | March 23, 2015
Dawn Tattle, president, Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd. – a highly respected, Toronto-based contracting firm specializing in innovative soil retention and foundation problems – delivered the 24th annual Lynda Shaw Memorial Distinguished Lecture on March 19.
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Discovery Western receives $76,500 in PromoScience funding to expand
Western Engineering News | March 19, 2015
Western Engineering will be able to expand its outreach programs designed to increase interest in STEM-related careers among female elementary and high school students, following the announcement of a recent investment by the federal government.
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Undergraduates engineer 'smart implant' for hip replacement patients
Western Engineering News | March 18, 2015
A group of four Western undergraduates are on the forefront of the latest technology to detect issues that hip replacement patients can experience with loosening caused by bone weakening – long before the best current equipment in hospitals can discover it.
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Mequanint receives Western's Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching
Western News | March 12, 2015
For a number of years, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Chair Kibret Mequanint has taken on some of the most challenging of the required courses in Engineering, yet still maintained his teaching ratings well above the average in his department and faculty.
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Stone to reach out to rural women in Ghana this summer
Western Engineering News | March 11, 2015
Hilary Stone is gearing up to cross the Atlantic Ocean and participate in innovative development work in Ghana on behalf of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Western chapter.
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Bruce Ross delivers RBC TechTalk during visit to Western Engineering
Western Engineering News | March 9, 2015
Bruce Ross, (BESc'85), keeps his hands on the steering wheel to navigate the challenging seas of technological innovation at RBC – as one of eight executives who set the strategic direction of Canada's most profitable financial institution.
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Western Engineering students to benefit from major Siemens PLM Software grant
Western Engineering News | March 6, 2015
Western Engineering students will benefit from a major software grant provided by Siemens PLM Software and Longterm Technology Services Inc. for its product lifestyle management (PLM) software. [Read more]

O'Carroll explores the echoes of nanos
Western News | March 5, 2015
Western Engineering professor Denis O'Carroll sees the tremendous technological opportunities offered by the unique properties of nanoparticles. But he also understands the concern that nanoparticles will have adverse effects on human and ecological health when released into the environment.
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