News Archive


July 2018

Professor Beth Gillies elected to Royal Society of Canadas College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Western Engineering News | July 13, 2018


Dr. Beth Gillies, Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
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Introducing Dr. Jeff Wood as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies

Western Engineering News | July 9, 2018


Effective July 1, 2018, Dr. Jeff Wood assumed the role of Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Engineering for a five-year term.
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Future Focused: What’s next for Western Engineering?

Western Engineering News | July 3, 2018


Western Engineering is set to launch a new School of Biomedical Engineering and a Centre for Engineering Leadership and Innovation.
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June 2018

Harlen, Xu named among 2018 Schulich Leaders

Western News | June 27, 2018


Tony Xu (Faculty of Engineering) and Ryan Harlen (Faculty of Science), two of the nation’s highest achieving secondary students, will begin their undergraduate studies at Western this fall as recipients of prestigious Schulich Leaders Scholarships.
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Alumnus and CEO of TheAppLabb makes his digital mark on a global scale

Western Engineering News | June 25, 2018


We spoke with Western Engineering alumnus Kundan Joshi, BESc'04, on his exciting career as CEO of TheAppLabb and how his student experience at Western helped shape his entrepreneurial journey.
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Grant backs work offering tremor relief

Western News | June 24, 2018


Engineering professor Ana Luisa Trejos, Health Sciences professor Jayne Garland, along with Evan Friedman of Intronix Technologies, have received a Collaborative Health Research Projects grant to look into creating a wearable device that assists with the suppression of tremor in Parkinson’s patients.
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 Grant fuels work into chronic wound care

Western News | June 22, 2018


A research group led by Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Douglas Hamilton and Schulich/Engineering professor Amin Rizkalla, recently received a partnered grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
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Two Western professors inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Western Engineering News | June 18, 2018


Dr. Xianbin Wang (ECE) and Dr. Jun Yang (MME) are among the 59 new Fellows to be inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering. 
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Students win National Design Competition for robotic Foosball opponent

Western Engineering News | June 18, 2018


A team of four Western Engineering undergraduate students recently won CSME's National Design Competition for their project, Foosball Opponent via Autonomous Robotics (FOvAR).
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Klawe: Work hard when success is doubtful

Western News | June 15, 2018


A renowned computer scientist and scholar, Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science, honoris causa (DSc) at the Friday morning session of Western’s 311th Convocation.
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Salamander Foundation backs advances in environmental engineering

Western News | June 14, 2018


Western Engineering will continue to lead the charge in mitigating the effects of pollution on the environment and public health with today’s announcement of a $1-million donation from The Salamander Foundation.
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May 2018

Andy Sun receives $4 million grant toward solid-state battery research

Western Engineering News | May 22, 2018


Mechanical and Materials Engineering Professor Andy Sun recently received a $4 million grant from the Ontario Research Fund (ORF) for his work in developing solid-state batteries used for electric vehicles. 
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Glen Armstrong recognized for leadership in Three C+ planning

Western Engineering News | May 22, 2018


Praised by colleagues for his leadership in the planning, design and construction of Three C+, Western Facilities Development Project Manager Glen Armstrong is this year's recipient of the Engineering Award of Recognition. 
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Alumna makes magic at Universal theme parks

Western Engineering News | May 14, 2018


We spoke with Western Engineering alumna Rebecca Dean, BESc’13, to learn more about her exciting career as a ride and show engineer at Universal Creative in Orlando, Florida.
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Graduate Coordinator Stephanie Tigert awarded for outstanding achievement

Western Engineering News | May 14, 2018


Stephanie Tigert, Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is this year's recipient of the Sharon A. Ling Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement by a Staff Member.
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Moonlite brings bright idea to night-night

Western News | May 10, 2018


Software Engineering alumna Natalie Rebot, BESc’05, created the wildly successful Moonlite, a storybook projector that displays classics such as Good Night, Moon through a cellphone flashlight and app.
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Professor Kibret Mequanint honoured for Excellence in Research

Western Engineering News | May 8, 2018


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering professor Kibret Mequanint is this year’s recipient of the Engineering Award for Excellence in Research.
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Western partners with Nunavut Arctic College in the Canadian CubeSat Project

Western Engineering News | May 7, 2018


Western recently announced its partnership with Nunavut Arctic College as participants in a Canadian Space Agency project, where teams of professors and students take part in a real space mission.
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Wind tunnel officially takes its place in history

Western News | May 4, 2018


Western’s Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory has been recognized as both a National Historic Site by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and an International Historic Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
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Western Water Chapter wins Student Chapter of the Year at WEAO conference

Western Engineering News | May 4, 2018


At the 2018 Water Environment Association of Ontario conference, the Western Water Chapter won Student Chapter of the Year. 
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Professor Elizabeth Gillies honoured for Excellence in Teaching

Western Engineering News | May 2, 2018


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering professor Elizabeth Gillies is this year’s recipient of the R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching.
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April 2018

NSERC taps two for elite national honours

Western News | April 30, 2018


Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Jason Gerhard received one of this year's NSERC Synergy Awards for Innovation for his work with partners at Savron Solutions to apply their STAR technology to contaminated sites around the world.
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Engineering Dean Hrymak named new Provost

Western News | April 27, 2018


Western Engineering Dean Andrew Hrymak will become the Provost & Vice-President (Academic), effective Aug. 1, 2018.The current provost, Janice Deakin, steps down from the post in July.
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Study uncovers historic tornado outbreak

Western News | April 25, 2018


Following an extensive ground and aerial survey led by wind engineering experts at Western University, it has been determined that the tornado outbreak of June 18th, 2017 in southern Québec is officially the largest recorded in the province’s history.
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Western Engineering honours 110 students at inaugural Graduate Awards Banquet

Western Engineering News | April 17, 2018


Western Engineering hosted its inaugural Graduate Awards Banquet to recognize its students for their recent successes. The total number of awards and scholarships recognized at the banquet was 144, received by 110 students, valued at over $700,000. 
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Western Engineering and FIRST Robotics Reward High School Ingenuity

Western Engineering News | April 13, 2018

FIRSTThumb.jpgWestern Engineering hosted its second annual FIRST Robotics Competition, where teams of high school students competed against one another employing engineering, coding and design skills in order to program and test their robots.
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Heart and Stroke Foundation grant awarded to Mequanint towards studies on engineered vascular tissues

Western Engineering News | April 13, 2018

Kibret_thumbnail.jpgProfessor Kibret Mequanint has received a $252,000 research grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) to support his fundamental work on growing engineered blood vessels using human cells and to study vascular disease models.
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Engineering student bats in entrepreneurship game

Western News | April 12, 2018


Third-year Western Engineering student Mitchell Godkin is hoping to hit a homerun with his latest entrepreneurial endeavour, the Leadbury Bat Co., a premium baseball bat manufacturing company located just north of Seaforth.
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New fellow stands among his heroes

Western News | April 12, 2018


Professor Kibret Mequanint has been inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows for distinguished contributions in biomaterial design and the applications of biopolymers to medicine. 
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Teaching Fellows promote new thinking

Western News | April 12, 2018


Professor Quazi Rahman’s project, The Programmers’ Den, will create an online hub designed to engage Engineering students in learning and practising programming in a variety of programming languages.
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Students recognize instructors and TAs for their valuable contributions

Western Engineering News | April 6, 2018


Western’s Chemical Engineering Club conducted student surveys for the Best Course Instructor and the Best Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards, as voted by Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (CBE) undergraduate students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year.
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Green Awards turn attention to sustainability

Western News | April 5, 2018


Environmental Engineering professor Clare Robinson is one of this year's Western Green Awards winners for her role in developing and delivering curriculum focused on sustainability and environmental issues.
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Eight Western Engineering graduate students head to 3MT Finals

Western Engineering News | April 3, 2018


Of the 20 graduate students headed to the Three-Minute-Thesis Finals on April 5, 2018, eight of the finalists competing are Western Engineering grad students.
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March 2018

27th annual Lynda Shaw Memorial Lecture addresses gender equity in engineering

Western Engineering News | March 27, 2018


Mary Wells, Dean, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Guelph, and outgoing Chair of ONWiE, joined us as this year’s distinguished speaker for the Lynda Shaw Memorial Lecture.
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Four honoured with Distinguished University Professorships

Western News | March 26, 2018


Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Jin Jiang is among the 4 Western faculty members to receive the Distinguished University Professorships award for his exceptional scholarly career.
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Western Engineering observes World Water Day

Western Engineering News | March 22, 2018


March 22 is recognized as World Water Day. We spoke with Slobodan Simonovic, Professor in Civil Engineering and Director of Engineering Works at ICLR, to learn more about this year's theme, Nature Based Solutions.
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The leading-edge evolution of nanogenerator driven self-powered systems

Western Engineering News | March 14, 2018


On March 8, 2018, Western Engineering welcomed Professor Zhong Lin Wang, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, for its annual Faculty Distinguished Lecture.
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Golf-grip study may reduce pain, improve play for those with arthritis

Western News | March 8, 2018


Ground-breaking work by Western Engineering researchers may soon help golfers with arthritis get a better grip on playing with less pain and more control.
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Hydro One celebrates Women in Engineering

Western Engineering News | March 8, 2018


Of the 10 Hydro One Women in Engineering Scholarships given to university students across Ontario, Western Engineering women have received four.
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Bringing coding for girls to the community

Western News | March 8, 2018


60 young women aged 12 to 17 had fun and gained digital skills at Go CODE Girl – an annual ‘Just for Girls’ coding event offered by Western Engineering.
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STEM conference engages, empowers young women

Western News | March 7, 2018


On March 4, the second biennial Inspiring Young Women in STEM (IYWSTEM) Conference, hosted at Western, brought together an interdisciplinary team committed to inspiring, engaging and empowering young women considering a career in STEM.
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New tech may benefit Parkinson’s sufferers

Western News | March 2, 2018


A new prototype for wearable tremor suppression gloves has a team of Western Engineering researchers believing real change is on the way for those afflicted by Parkinson’s disease.
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Canadian working the ultimate student job with Infiniti and Renault F1

Driving | March 2, 2018


Western Engineering student and member of the Infiniti Engineering Academy, Matthew Crossan is currently working his dream job with F1 and Infiniti after winning an annual competition that picks seven top students worldwide.
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February 2018

Alumnus earns Olympic gold in 2-man bobsleigh

Western News | February 19, 2018


Alex Kopacz, BESc’13 (Mechanical Engineering), and Justin Kripps captured gold February 19th, for Canada’s third-ever Olympic medal in men’s 2-Man Bobsleigh.
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 Western gets boost from federal supercluster

Western News | February 16, 2018


Western hopes to gain a boost in leading advanced-manufacturing research through partnerships with industry that will vie for a share of $950 million in new funding through the Innovation Superclusters Initiative.
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Western Engineering students win top prizes at Ontario Engineering Competition

Western Engineering News | February 8, 2018


Western Engineering undergraduate students won first place at the 2018 Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) in the Senior Design and Programming categories.
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‘Science, Action!’ contest puts research in motion

Western News | February 6, 2018

scienceaction_thumbnail.jpgWestern Engineering PhD student Jake Reeves has made one of the top 75 videos for the Science, Action! video contest, sponsored by NSERC, to highlight how research improves our daily lives.
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Alumnus chases history on Pyeongchang Olympics fast track

Western News | February 1, 2018

Kopacz_thumbnail.jpgAlumnus Alex Kopacz, BESc'13, will represent Team Canada in bobsleigh at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
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Engineering a solution for brain trauma

Western News | February 1, 2018

Haojie_thumbnail.jpgHaojie Mao, Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor and Canada Research Chair in Head Mechanics, is working to understand traumatic brain injury and improve brain health with better protection, diagnostics and therapies.
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January 2018

Prof engineers a new craft brew

Western News | January 25, 2018

Naish-brewery_thumbnail.jpgMechanical & Materials and Electrical & Computer Engineering professor Michael Naish has poured his love for suds into Storm Stayed Brewing Company with business partner, Justin Belanger.
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New head of Sarnia-Lambton Research Park urges partnerships

Western News | January 25, 2018

k_Albion_thumbnail.jpgKatherine Albion, PhD ’08, named head of Western Sarnia-Lambtion Research Park earlier this month, hopes to expand the park’s academic and industry partnerships in the region, as well as its collaboration with Western.
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Engineering his steps

Western News | January 25, 2018

Vysniauskas_thumbnail2.jpgFrom the tobacco fields of a small town in southern Ontario, to the oil fields of Alberta and Texas, the journey for Anthony Vysniauskas, BESc’74, MESc’76, began with an idea that had nothing to do with business.
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Device helps correct atrial fibrillation

Western News | January 25, 2018

Gelman_thumbnail.jpgBiomedical Engineering PhD student Danny Gelman is developing devices with the potential to improve cardiovascular interventions – taking instruments used clinically and attaching them to a robot in order to manipulate those instruments more effectively.
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$175,000 Enhancement For Western Engineering Outreach's Free Digital Programming

Western Engineering News | January 22, 2018

ActuaGrantthubmnail-03Western Engineering’s Outreach program is set to receive a generous and staggering contribution of $175,000 from Actua, a national charity dedicated to preparing the youth of Canada for any career path by building the foundations of knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
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Decoding key materials' stress loads in new ways

Western News | January 12, 2018

Abdolvand.jpgMechanical and Materials Engineering professor Hamidreza Abdolvand has discovered never-before-seen deformation and stress levels in two technologically important materials – titanium and zirconium – used in the aerospace and nuclear industries.
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Undergraduate Services team receives award for Engineering Resilience Program

Western Engineering News | January 12, 2018

resilience-award_thumbnail.jpgWestern Engineering's Undergraduate Services team received the NACADA Region 5 Innovation in Advising Award for its outstanding work in building and implementing the Engineering Resilience Program for our students.
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Katherine Albion, PhD ’08, named Western Research Park’s new Executive Director

Western Engineering News | January 4, 2018

k_Albion_thumbnail.jpgEffective January 2, 2018, The County of Lambton Community Development Corporation (CLCDC) Board of Directors named alumna Katherine Albion, Executive Director of the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.
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