Faculty of Engineering

2016


January 2016

Climate change tool gets widespread usage in PEI
Western News | January 25, 2016
Moving forward, all municipalities in Prince Edward Island (PEI) developing new subdivisions will now be required to use a tool created by Western professor Slobodan P. Simonovic for incorporating climate change as part of their design and site evaluation processes..
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February 2016

WETT named Overall Champions at GNCTR 2016
Western Engineering News | February 9, 2016
The Western Engineering Toboggan Team (WETT) returned from the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race 2016 (GNCTR 2016) as Overall Champions – a title they have been chasing since their last overall win in 2013.
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Four Western Engineering students awarded Hydro One scholarship
Western Engineering News | February 24, 2016
Four Western Engineering students have been awarded the Hydro One 2016 Women in Engineering Scholarship.
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Discovery Western wins national award
Western Engineering News | February 25, 2016
Western University’s Discovery Western (DW) engineering outreach program has been awarded the 2015 Actua & GE Canada Award for Leadership and Innovation in STEM education.
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Manufacturing evolution gets boost from budget
Western News | February 25, 2016
Western will have an opportunity to lead the region’s transition from traditional to advanced manufacturing, thanks to a significant investment by the Ontario government.
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U.S President taps alumnus as engineering rising star
Western News | February 26, 2016
Ervin Sejdić, BESc’02, PhD’08, was recently named among the winners of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.
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March 2016

Three Western Engineering professors receive NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants
Western News | March 9, 2016
Four Western research projects recently shared in nearly $2 million in Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grants. Three of the four grants were given to Engineering Professors Elizabeth Gillies, Xueliang Sun and Xianbin Wang for their projects.
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Quazi Rahman recognized with Western’s Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Western News | March 31, 2016
Five more professors, including Quazi Rahman, Electrical and Computer Engineering, can add their name to Western’s Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching list, co-presented by the University Students’ Council, The Bank of Nova Scotia and the university’s Alumni Association.
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April 2016

Alan Kalbfleisch, MESc candidate, awarded $5000 in pitch competition
Western News | April 13, 2016
The 2016 installment of the Seed Your Startup entrepreneurial plan and pitch competition has awarded its $5,000 top prize to Western University student entrepreneur Alan Kalbfleisch to help launch and grow his venture Pascal Press.
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Jesse Zhu awarded the 2016 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research
Western News | April 28, 2016
The honour recognizes faculty members with outstanding international reputations for their contributions in research – one of the defining hallmarks of a university.
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May 2016

Western University experts are improving water treatment, protection and management with help from SOWC
Southern Ontario Water Consortium | May 5, 2016
When it comes to problems related to wastewater treatment, water resource management and groundwater remediation, Western University’s researchers are leading the way in finding the answers.
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Discovery Western granted PromoScience funding
Western Engineering News | May 6, 2016
Discovery Western – a not-for-profit organization managed by Western Engineering – will be able to expand its outreach initiatives following the recent announcement of the 2016 NSERC PromoScience grant recipients.
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Western Engineering students honoured at CME Annual Recognition Night
Western Engineering News | May 19, 2016
Two Western Engineering students were honored at the Southwestern Ontario Branch of Canadian Manufacturer's & Exporters (CME) Annual Recognition Night on May 11.
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June 2016

El Damatty honoured by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
Western Engineering News | June 8, 2016
Ashraf El Damatty, Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the 2016 recipient of the CSCE Horst Leipholz Medal. The CSCE Horst Leipholz Medal is presented annually to a civil engineer who has made exceptional contributions to engineering mechanics research and/or practice in Canada.
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R. Kerry Rowe to receive honorary degree from Western University
Western Engineering News | June 17, 2016
R. Kerry Rowe is among 16 distinguished individuals who will receive honorary degrees during Western University’s 307th Convocation.
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Jin Jiang selected as RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award recipient
Western Engineering News | June 22, 2016
Professor Jin Jiang, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was announced as one of the winners of the 2016 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.
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Western Engineering to welcome two Schulich Leader Scholarship recipients
Western News | June 23, 2016
Schulich Leader Scholarships awarded to four future Western students.
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London engineers inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering
Western Engineering News | June 30, 2016
Western Engineering congratulates Vinay Sharma and Andy Sun on their induction into the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
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July 2016

Introducing Lauren Briens as Assistant Dean, First Year Studies
Western Engineering News | July 4, 2016
The Engineering Undergraduate Services team is excited to announce Associate Professor Lauren Briens as Assistant Dean, First Year Studies — a brand new position created to support incoming students.
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Adamiak recognized by the Electrostatics Society of America
Western Engineering News | July 22, 2016
Western Engineering congratulates Professor Kazimierz Adamiak, recipient of the 2016 ESA Lifetime Achievement Award — an honour that recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of electrostatics.
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August 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Lauchland Award recipient Marvin R. DeVries, MEng’83.
Western Engineering News | August 12, 2016
DeVries is President of Trojan Technologies, the global leader in the supply of UV based treatment systems for municipal water and wastewater treatment.
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September 2016

Professor Xueliang (Andy) Sun named among Royal Society elite
Western Engineering News | September 7, 2016
Andy Sun and seven other Western professors have been named among the nation’s top scholars in the arts, humanities and sciences by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).
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Teamwork brews up success for press
Western Engineering News | September 22, 2016
Meeting through Western’s Engineers Without Borders, Andrey Khramtsov, Alan Kalbfleisch and Kai Chen each brought their individual skills to the table in helping to take Kalbfleisch’s portable coffee brewer invention to the point to mass production.
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Western Research Parks, including WindEEE and the Fraunhofer Project Centre, recognized
Western Engineering News | September 29, 2016
Western Research Parks was recognized as tops among its peers by receiving the 2016 Outstanding Research Park Award from the Association of University Research Parks.
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Government invests $22.5 million in Western Engineering’s Three C+.
Western Engineering News | September 30, 2016
Western Engineering's new building, currently under construction, received a $22.5-million shot in the arm thanks to the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.
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October 2016

Western Engineering Partners with Ontario Science Centre
Western Engineering News | October 5, 2016
Western Engineering has partnered with the Ontario Science Centre in their newest exhibit: Wild Weather.
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Western Engineering PhD Candidate wins ASCE Award
Western Engineering News | October 26, 2016
Western Engineering is thrilled to announce that Amal Elawady, PhD candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, is one of the recipients of the 2016 O.H. Ammann Fellowship.
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10 Western Engineering professors receive WORLDiscoveries Vanguard Innovator(s) of the Year award
Western Engineering News | October 26, 2016
WORLDiscoveries – the technology transfer and business development office for Western, Lawson Health Research Institute and Robarts Research Institute – recently recognized local researchers who have achieved various market-readiness milestones with the 2016 Vanguard Awards.
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November 2016

CEE professor Hesham El Naggar receives prestigious award
Western Engineering News | November 7, 2016
The Canadian Geotechnical Society recognized Professor Hesham El Naggar, PhD’94, recently by presenting him with the Geosynthetics Award. This award is presented biannually by the Society for outstanding publications in the application of geosynthetics to civil, geotechnical or geoenvironemental engineering.
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Western Engineering professor Greg Kopp has been breaking things in the name of science.
Western Engineering News | November 9, 2016
Engineering professor Greg Kopp has been breaking things in the name of science and, more importantly, the name of safety for the past decade at the Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes. Code and policy changes for better residential and commercial structures have resulted in safer dwellings across the country.
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UNENE workshop focuses on cyber-security for nuclear power plants.
Western Engineering News | November 14, 2016
On November, 11th, university researchers, industry experts and representatives from the Canadian nuclear industry gathered together at CANDU Energy, a subsidiary company of the Montreal-based global engineering giant, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. for the 12th Annual University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) Workshop on Instrumentation and Control Systems for Nuclear Power Plants.
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Western Engineering welcomes four new faculty members.
Western Engineering News | November 23, 2016
Western Engineering is pleased to announce that on January 1, 2017, four new faculty members will be joining the team..
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December 2016

ECE professor Rajiv Varma demonstrates new technology to 'wake up' solar farms at night.
Western Engineering News | December 13, 2016
Western Engineering and Bluewater Power came together on Tuesday, December 13th to celebrate the culmination of a seven-year research partnership involving the utilization of solar panels at night. Dr. Rajiv Varma, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor at Western Engineering spoke to a group of industry partners at Bluewater Power headquarters in Sarnia, home to the largest solar panels in the world..
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Two Western Engineering Professors elevated to IEEE Fellows
Western Engineering News | December 16, 2016
Dr. Jin Jiang and Dr. Xianbin Wang, both members of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western, have been elevated to IEEE Fellows in recognition of their extraordinary achievements in Electrical and Computer Engineering..
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Western Engineering celebrates partnership with institute in Ghana
Western Engineering News | December 20, 2016
Western Engineering has entered a partnership to develop short courses that will train people in environmental protection, sanitation and waste management..
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Western Engineering Alumna Catherine Karakatsanis inducted into Top 100 Women Hall of Fame
Western Engineering News | December 21, 2016
2016 marks the fourth consecutive year that Western Engineering alumna Catherine Karakatsanis, BESc’83, MESc’91 has been named one of the most powerful women in Canada. As a multi-time winner, the current Chief Operating Officer of Morrison Hershfield, Chair of Western Engineering’s Advisory Council and member of Western’s Board of Governors becomes one of only a select few to be inducted into the Top 100 Hall of Fame. ..
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