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The countdown is on...


There is a different feeling around campus these days.  Faculty and staff are starting to return from their summer vacations, Springett Parking Lot is starting to get busier and students are starting to appear in the hallways once again.  This can only mean one thing - another academic year is about to begin.


In just a few short weeks, the 2005/2006 academic year will officially begin. The Faculty anticipates over 300 first-year students will attend Western Engineering this fall, bringing our total number of undergraduate students to over 1300.


To provide all of our students with the best student experience among Canada's leading research-intensive universities, the Faculty continues to grow and improve. This past summer alone Western Engineering hired a number of faculty and staff members, so we can continue to provide personalized attention to our students.  Western Engineering's newest members include:

  • Jane Alan, Undergraduate Assistant (covering Rachel Dekker’s maternity until June 2006), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering ;

  • Denis M. O'Carroll, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering;

  • Roi Gurka, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (anticipated start, September 2005);

  • Ajay Ray, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering;

  • Madhumita (Mita) Ray, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering;

  • Jean Wordley,  Undergraduate Assistant, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering;

  • Jun Yang, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (starting September 2005); and

  • Allison Stevenson who has been appointed as the Communications Officer for the Faculty of Engineering, in a joint, full-time position with Communications and Public Affairs following a one-year contract.


Western Engineering is also looking forward to welcoming:

  • Rachelle Devereux who will be starting September 6 in Career Services, replacing Michelle Prestwich as the Student's Career Services Coordinator; and

  • several other faculty and staff, who will be introduced in the September edition of Engineering Now.

The Faculty also continues renovation projects in the Spencer Engineering Building to offer students up-to-date technology in the classroom, a modern cafeteria in which to meet and relax, and a new Dean's Office to welcome faculty, staff, students, industry partners, alumni and friends. The renovations continue to move along smoothly. 


September will also be jam-packed with orientation events for faculty, staff and students. Western Engineering's Undergraduate Engineering Society (UES) is planning a fun-filled Orientation Week 2005. Some events include a Welcome BBQ Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5 to introduce students to one another; an Faculty Day Wednesday, September 7 for undergraduate students to meet professors, tour Engineering and get to know their future classmates; an Engineering party with Brescia College (Western's all female affiliate College) Thursday, September 8; plus much, much more.


For the year ahead, the Faculty is busy planning Distinguished Lectures (all to take place Thursday afternoons from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm), Research Day, student competitions, Faculty get-togethers and much more.


Stay tuned to Engineering Now for further Faculty information and updates.

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