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Western Engineering faculty and staff celebrate another banner year 
The Annual Western Engineering Faculty & Staff Awards Luncheon took place April 8, 2010. Colleagues gathered together to celebrate the year's successes and Engineering awards were presented to: Chemical Engineering Professor Sohrab Rohani, Mechanical Engineering Professor Paul Kurowski, Associate Director (Undergraduate Services) Jan Shepherd McKee, Associate Director (Facilities) Mike Gaylard and Project Manager (Physical Plant) Mike deJager.

[download the presentation highlighting Faculty-wide successes (PDF)]

Solar researchers ‘borrowing’ from plants
Western News | April 29, 2010
Postdoctoral fellow Yao Medina is helping to investigate how nanotechnology can be used to increase the effectiveness of solar panels. Working in Paul Charpentier’s laboratory in Environmental Solvents and Advanced Materials, Medina is helping to investigate how nanotechnology can be used to increase the effectiveness of solar collection panels, as well as ways to lower the cost of manufacturing these panels.
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Julie Ladiges selected as winner of the AMEC Master's Scholarship in Engineering 
Currently enrolled at The University of Western Ontario completing a Master of Engineering Science degree in digital signal processing and hearing science, Julie is working on an electroacoustic measurement suite for hearing aids. In addition to her professional pursuits she is involved in a variety of volunteer and extracurricular activities.
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Finding mistakes to set them right  
Western News | April 22, 2010
For Mechanical & Material Engineering PhD student Mehdi Farrokhnejad, his research is all about finding mistakes. Having finished his master’s last year under the supervision of Engineering professors Tony Straatman and Jeff Wood, Farrokhnejad is delving into the use of magnesium alloys in the auto sector.
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Western Faculty Scholars Announced – Two from Engineering  
Western News| March 25, 2010
Two Western Engineering faculty members have been recognized for being ‘all-round scholars:’ Paul Charpentier, Associate Professor Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Xueliang (Andy) Sun, Associate Professor Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.
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Sunstang team changes direction  
Western News | March 18, 2010
The student-run Sunstang solar team is shifting gears from competitions to developing a vehicle for everyday driving. Over its 17 years the Western Engineering group built solar cars to enter in two competitions:  the World Solar Challenge and the American Solar Challenge. The team will no longer enter these competitions.
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Africa becomes a classroom for five Western Engineering students this summer 
Five Western Engineering students will be interning in Africa this summer as part of Engineers Without Borders and Civil & Environmental Engineering's International Development Program.
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Horia Hangan receives Lewis F. Moody Award 
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fluid Engineering Division has recently awarded Civil & Environmental Engineering professor and WindEEE Dome Project Leader, Horia Hangan, with the Lewis F. Moody Award. Hangan is being honoured for his paper contribution entitled, “Active Flow Control for Reduction of Fluctuating Aerodynamic Forces of A Blunt Trailing Edge Airfoil.” The paper was co-authored with PhD candidate Mr. Arash Naghib Lahouti.

J.M. Floryan receives CSME Robert W. Angus Medal 
The Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) has recently recognized Mechanical & Materials Engineering professor and Department Chair J.M. Floryan with the Robert W. Angus Medal. Floryan received this prestigious award for outstanding contributions to the management and practice of mechanical engineering.

Chemical & Biochemical Engineering Research Project Competition winners announced  
Fourth-year chemical engineering student Cody Blumer, supervised by professor A. Margaritis, was awarded first prize at this year’s CBE 4415 Research held March 26, 2010 for his paper entitled “Production and Characterization of Vegetable Oil and Polyglutamic Acid Microspheres for Controlled Release of Vitamin E.” Second prize was awarded to Mark Szynkaruk, supervised by professor L. Briens, for his paper entitled “Optimization of Pharmaceutical Additives.”

Research News

Kermani receives $300,723 in CFI funding to create a robotics platform  
Western News | April 23, 2010
Electrical & Computer Engineering professor Mehrdad Kermani will develop a new generation of robotic arms that allow for safe interactions with humans, transforming not only the hand, but the face of industrial automation.
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Geosyntec looks at smoldering combustion for site remediation  
Daily Commercial News | April 15, 2010
Cleaning up contaminated soil or groundwater usually means excavation and a substantial investment. A company that has licensed a new technology developed by researchers in London and Edinburgh is proposing an alternative: smoldering combustion — the same principle at work in a charcoal barbecue.
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Learning from disasters to make structures safer  
Western News | April 12, 2010
Devastation from an increasing number of natural disasters around the world, including recent earthquakes in Chile and Haiti, is pushing researchers to find innovative ways to make structures safer in the face of extreme weather events.
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High winds may not have toppled homes 
Digital Journal | April 7, 2010
Seven homes came down April 3, 2010 in London, Ontario. High, gusty winds, possibly accompanied by a funnel cloud were quickly blamed. Now, days later, Western Engineering professor Greg Kopp, an expert on the effect of wind on structures, has another, less dramatic theory.
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Western Engineering

Staff Announcements
Effective April 1, 2010 Sarah Williams was promoted to Coordinator, Faculty & Staff Relations for the Faculty of Engineering. Sarah did a tremendous job over the past 18 months as the Acting Coordinator.

Western Engineering is pleased to welcome back Joel Eckert, who has been away on leave the past couple of months. Joel will be working closely with all faculty and staff on the email migration project.

Western Engineering wishes Rachelle Anderson all the best as she pursues her new career at the Richard Ivey School of Business as the Career Advisor (Finance) with the HBA Market Presentation team.

The University of Western Ontario has announced Janice Deakin, currently Associate Vice-Principal (Academic) and Dean of Graduate Studies at Queen’s University, will be the next Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at Western.

New $10,000 award available for a CEE/GRC graduate student
Bill Lardner and the company he co-founded, Deep Foundations Contractors Inc., have always been committed to seeking new and innovative ways to provide products and services needed in the construction industry. Lardner has most recently supported the construction industry by investing in future leaders with The William E. & Ruth Lardner Graduate Award, valued at $10,000. [more]

Nominations open for L.S. Lauchland Engineering Alumni Medal
Graduates from Western Engineering are eligible to be nominated for this award on the basis of outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, business leadership and community involvement. Deadline for nominations is June 30, 2010. Contact Virginia Daugharty for more information.


Hands for Haiti Painting

March 2010
Western Engineering’s Undergraduate Services Office organized a painting fundraiser to help raise money for Haiti relief efforts. In total, $215 was raised, along with a $50 online donation, which was donated to The Canadian Red Cross. [photos]

ABIN Conference
March 14 - 16, 2010
The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) funded Agricultural Biorefinery Innovation Network for Green Energy, Fuels and Chemicals (ABIN) brought to London over 120 participating researchers from across Canada and the United States, March 14 – 16, 2010, at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre. [more]

CBE 5th Annual Capstone Competition
March 18, 2010
A total of 26 students from Western's Chemical and Biochemical Engineering program were on hand to present their fourth-year design projects to industry and community leaders from Sarnia-Lambton during the 2010 Capstone Competition. [photos]

Western Engineering Design Days - Final Presentations
March 24, 2010
The most outstanding fourth-year designs from each department were presented on March 24,2010. Ed Elliot, Co-founder, VP Products from EK3 Technology Inc. and Weiming Shen from I.E.E.E. attended to support out students and present them with awards. [photos]

Western Engineering First-Year Design Showcase
April 1, 2010
London Free Press: First-year Western Engineering students show off their brainpower at the Western Engineering Design Showcase. [video]

Lynda Shaw Memorial Distinguished Lecture Series
April 1, 2010
Catherine Karakatsanis, BESc'83, MESc'91, President of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, spoke at the annual Lynda Shaw Memorial Distinguished Lecture in the Faculty of Engineering. [more]

2010 Civil Graduate Seminar Presentations
April 13, 2010
In total, 24 graduate students competed in the 2010 Graduate Student Seminars.  Three awards were presented to the top students. The presenters were evaluated by their peer graduate students and by an external examiner, Dr. Dickinson, from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).  [photos]


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