Engineering Now .: Volume 2 - Edition 10 .: April 21, 2006

Seeing research in action

(photo: introductory image for the site)

NSERC President Suzanne Fortier had the opportunity to learn more about the research conducted at The University of Western Ontario during a site visit Friday, April 7.

During her visit, Fortier learned how to maneuver the NSERC funded virtual reality equipment in an engineering lab in the Thompson Engineering Building. The Virtual Reality Lab was just one stop of many during Fortier’s two-day visit. She also met with other researchers in Western Engineering, the Faculty of Science, and Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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Awards & Accomplishments

  • Sidhu receives 2005 Engineering Award for Excellence in Research
    Dr. Tarlochan S. Sidhu, Hydro One Chair and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected as the winner of the 2005 Engineering Award for Excellence in Research for the Faculty of Engineering. (more)

  • McIsaac receives 2005 R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching
    Dr. Kenneth A. McIsaac of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been selected as the winner of the 2005 R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Engineering. (more)

  • Western Engineering alum named Dow Canada President
    Jeff Johnston, a Western Chemical Engineering graduate, has been named President of Dow Chemical Canada Inc. and Hydrocarbons Business Director for Canada. Johnston replaces outgoing Dow Canada President, Ramesh Ramachandran who was recently reassigned to a U.S. based position with Dow. (more)

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  • CFI funding for Sabarinathan
    The University of Western Ontario recently attracted a total of $1,656,566 for Canada Foundation for Innovations (CFI) funding grants. On March 27, 2006 CFI announced a total of seven projects at Western will receive funding under the CFI's new Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF), including funding for Western Engineering's Dr. Jayshri Sabarinathan. (more)

  • All departments to receive NSERC RTI grants
    A faculty member from each department in Western Engineering will receive a NSERC RTI grant this year. (more)

  • Important research information for faculty members...

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  • Safety check - training needs to be completed before September 2006

    The Workplace Health and Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) has notified Western that they plan to conduct a Workwell evaluation of the University in the fall of 2006. Everyone must complete WHMIS training and supervisors must complete the § Faculty/Supervisors Responsibilities Seminar. (more)

  • Keeping in touch from Ghana

    Luke Brown, a recent Biochemical Engineering grad from The University of Western Ontario, is currently in Ghana with Engineers Without Borders (EWB). He will be based in the city of Tamale, Ghana for the next year, working on a water sanitation project. Luke will correspond with friends, family and Western through a Weblog he setup at (more)

  • Western appoints new Dean of Science

    The University of Western Ontario is pleased to announce the appointment of David Wardlaw as Dean of the Faculty of Science. Wardlaw will begin his 5-year term on July 1, 2006. (more)

  • Western Engineering Welcomes...

    Diana Lee, Research and Graduate Studies Assistant
    Western Engineering’s External Services unit is pleased to welcome Diana Lee as the new Research and Graduate Studies Assistant. Diana joined Western Engineering April 3, 2006 and is located in SEB 2002. She will work closely with the Associate Dean Research and External Services, providing support for research activities. She will also work with the Graduate Assistants, Graduate Chairs and the Faculty of Graduate Studies on graduate student awards, scholarships and programs.

    Diana has been at Western for almost 19 years. She began her career in the Department of Zoology but has spent the last 17˝ years at the Richard Ivey School of Business.

    Dr. José Herrera, faculty member in Nanotechnology in the Departments of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Dr. Herrera comes to Western Engineering from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington, U.S.A., where he worked as a Research Associate (March 2004-2006). He holds a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.

    Dr. Herrera’s office is located in TEB 239.

  • Western Engineering says farewell to ...

    Margaret Mousseau, Clerk, Undergraduate Services Office
    Margaret Mousseau is retiring after nearly 39 years at Western. She came to Canada from Ireland in 1967 to work for six months and tour Canada on the weekends. Thirty-nine years later, Margaret is still here but admits she hasn't seen all of Canada quite yet. (more)

  • The Purple Arm is making a comeback
    The Purple Arm is reviving for the 06-07 school year. A campus-wide issue is being planned for release in the Fall, but writers are needed. If you are interested in writing for the Purple Arm, please submit articles or comics or your ideas to Nathan Evetts at

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    Past Events

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    Upcoming Events and Deadlines

  • Volunteers are still needed for Convocation
    RSVP to Sue Chapman ASAP

  • Pizza Night
    Monday, April 24 .: Domino's Pizza

  • Margaret Mousseau's Retirement Party
    Friday, April 28 .: 2:30 pm .: SEB Cafeteria

  • Lunch & Learn Session #2 - Pension for Dummies
    Thursday, May 11 .: 12:30 pm .: Location TBD
    RSVP to Christine Ramsden

  • Golf Retreat
    Friday, June 9 .: 10:00 am .: Echo Valley .: Silent Auction with proceeds to Discovery Western & Engineers Without Borders .: Cost TBD
    Sign-up with Sue Chapman or Stephen Mallinson

  • Spring Convocation
    Wednesday, June 14 .: 3:30 pm .: Alumni Hall

  • Engineering Awards Dinner
    Thursday, June 15 .: Westhaven Golf & Country Club .: Cocktails - 6:30 pm .: Dinner - 7:15 pm
    RSVP to Sue Chapman

  • Also from this web page:


    .:Allison Stevenson
    Spencer Engineering Building, Room 2074
    Telephone: (519) 850-2917 Fax: (519) 661-3808