Engineering Now .: Volume 3 - Edition 9 .: April 2007

Western launches $5M 'Green Building' project

Christian Lassonde

Christian Lassonde, son of the late Dr. Claudette MacKay-Lassonde, speaks of his mother’s legacy at an event announcing the naming of the ‘Green Engineering Building’. The four-storey facility will house research on green technologies, processes and materials. (more)

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Floryan receives Humboldt Research Award
    J. Maciej Floryan, Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been elected the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award. The award is given by the Humboldt Foundation of Germany to honour the academic achievements of the award winner's lifetime. (more)

  • First-year Western Engineering student to build his family's home
    Nick de Koning, an 18-year old first-year Engineering student will be building a house from design to construction. More than just a house, it will also be his parent's new home. (more)

  • Ryan Katchky, a 2007 Goldman Sachs Global Leader
    Ryan Katchky, a second-year Mechanical Engineering student, has been selected as one of the 2007 Goldman Sachs Global Leaders. Nominated by the Faculty of Engineering and a selection committee representing the University, Katchky is a leader in the community and an outstanding student. (more)

  • Sarah Creber wins Consulting Engineers of Ontario Louanne Smrke Essay Competition
    Sarah Creber, a fourth-year Western Chemical Engineering student and recipient of the Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) Scholarship, recently received another nod from CEO as winner of the CEO Louanne Smrke Essay Competition. (more)

  • Two Western Engineering interns receive CME Scholarships
    Chemical Engineering student Radek Rybicki and Mechanical Engineering student Brent Bell have each won a Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) scholarship, valued at $1,000 each. The will both be recognized at the CME Recognition Night on May 2 at the London Convention Centre. (more)

  • First-year engineering student wins Western's Film Competition
    First-year engineering student, Stephen Veerman, won first place in Western's 'Keep It Short' film competition. Applicants were asked to submit a 2 minute video showcasing how Western provides the best student experience. As first place winner, Veerman will receive $1,000 cash and free movies for a year from Cineplex Entertainment. Click here to watch his winning video. (MOV 9.4MB)

  • Abbas Shamani's paper chosen as a Featured Article by the journal of Physics in Medicine and Biology
    The paper, An inverse problem solution for measuring the elastic modulus of intact ex vivo breast tissue tumours, written by Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Abbas Shamani has been chosen as a Featured Article in the journal of Physics in Medicine and Biology. To view the paper, please visit

  • Western volunteerism runs deep
    Western Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Denis O'Carroll is one of hundreds of university faculty and staff who make it a priority to volunteer in the community. (more about Western's Community Involvement Survey)

  • Engineers Without Borders helping overseas
    Half of the world’s population lives in poverty. Engineers Without Borders (EWB) volunteers work in developing countries to help eliminate this global injustice. (more)

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  • Dr. Rajni Patel honoured for research
    Two London professors, one researching robotic surgery and the other changing sexual behaviour, have been awarded the University of Western Ontario's highest honour for research excellence. Rajni Patel and William Fisher are recipients of the Hellmuth Prize. (more)

  • A whole lot of puffin' going on
    Toronto Star
    A research project in London, Ont., is designed to show if houses in Canada really can withstand hurricane-strength winds. (more)

  • From Conflict to co-operation
    Here is the bad news: the world’s supply of renewable fresh water is in danger. The good news, according to Professor Slobodan Simonovic of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction located at the University of Western Ontario, is that the world has enough water. (more)

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  • Western Engineering welcomes Aman Dhinsa
    Aman Dhinsa has joined the Information Technology Group as the System Support Specialist – Web. She will be filling in for Jim Dobravec who is on parental leave until November. Aman and her family have recently moved to Canada from the United Kingdom where she has experience as a Student Finance Assistant and a Faculty Website Developer at the University of Hertfordshire. Aman has also done a lot of freelance multimedia design over the past several years. She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Multimedia Technology & Design from Brunel University in United Kingdom.

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    Past Events

    April 4, 2007

  • ES050 Design Showcase
    April 10, 2007

  • Opening ceremony for the Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes
    April 16, 2007

  • Official naming of the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion
    April 19, 2007

  • Western Engineering students hosted memorial in honour of Virginia Tech victims
    April 20, 2007

  • S.Y.nergy Challenge
    April 24, 2007

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    Upcoming Events and Deadlines

    Click HERE to view Western Engineering's online calendar. This calendar includes a complete list of Western Engineering's upcoming events and deadlines.

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