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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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April 2014

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."
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