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Western Engineering to make the electrical grid greener and smarter 
The GE Digital Energy Innovation Lab, in Western’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, officially opened its doors November 18, 2009. The lab will be used to improve the resiliency and responsiveness of the electrical grid and enable greater connectivity and increased security for utilities and consumers.
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Professor Margaritis elected Fellow, Engineers Canada 
Engineers Canada, a national licensing body that represents 180,000 professional engineers, created the Engineers Canada Fellowship in 2007 to honour individuals who have given outstanding service to the engineering profession. One of the most recent individuals selected to receive this honour is Western’s chemical and biochemical engineering professor Argyrios Margaritis.
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WOW day at Western 
A television crew from a Toronto-based Chinese specialty station, WOW TV, visited campus November 26, 2009 to capture the Western experience for the premier news network. A tour of the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion and a stop on the 'green roof' was part of the tour.
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Research News

What will be the 'fuel of the future'? 
Biobutanol? Biofuel? Hydrogen? Electricity? Western Engineering researchers are exploring all options.
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Nanocomposites could change diabetes treatment 
Diabetics may soon be able to wear contact lenses that continuously alert them to variations in their glucose levels by changing colours - replacing the need to routinely draw blood throughout the day.
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Western receives $19 million from ORF 
A dozen University of Western Ontario research projects, including advancing wind research, have received $19-million from the Ontario Research Fund.
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Western researchers part of new centres of excellence  
The government is investing $125 million in Networks of Centres of Excellence as well as Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research to help researchers develop their findings into new practical, applied and marketable solutions. Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering professor and Director of the Chemical Reactor Engineering Centre at Western, Hugo DeLasa, is part of a new network to develop technologies necessary to “decarbonise” fossil fuel production and utilization.
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Western Engineering

President sets direction for coming year
The direction The University of Western Ontario will take under a new presidency is coming into focus with the release of Amit Chakma's priorities for 2009-10.

Hewitt reappointed to five-year term
The University of Western Ontario has announced the reappointment of Ted Hewitt as Vice-President (Research & International Relations) for the term July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2015.

New Vice-President (External) at Western
Kevin Goldthorp, Chief Executive Officer of Toronto's Sunnybrook Foundation, is being welcomed back to The University of Western Ontario, this time in the role as Vice-President (External).

Past Events

Fall Awards Ceremony
Western Engineering's top-achieving undergraduate students received their awards at the 2009 Fall Awards Ceremony in late November.

Polar Stick Bridge Competition
Over 30 teams of students from Western and local area high schools participated in the 2009 Polar Stick Bridge Competition on November 25, 2009.

Reception for former Dean R. Mohan Mathur
On November 25, 2009 Western Engineering hosted a reception to honour former Dean R. Mohan Mathur for his achievements and recent Engineering Medal - Engineering Excellence from OSPE and PEO.


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