News and Events

Volume 1 - Edition 9
February 2005

Who are "WE?"
Get to know the people of Western Engineering

Western Engineering has grown tremendously over the past few years.  The Faculty currently consists of 85 faculty members, 60 staff members, approximately 1500 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students.

As the Faculty continues to grow it becomes increasingly difficult for everyone within the Faculty to meet; until now.  Western Engineering is proud to introduce a new section in Engineering Now titled Who are "WE?" - Get to know the people of Western Engineering.  This section will feature profiles of faculty, staff, students and alumni.

In this first edition, you will get to know some of the people featured in the new Western Engineering student recruitment brochure.  Profiles include: Chemical Engineering grad student, Jennifer McMillan and third-year Electrical Engineering student Rob Jelenic, who are both featured on the cover of the brochure; Lauren Briens, faculty member in the Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering who is photographed on page 9; and Allison Stevenson, Communications Officer in the Dean's Office who was the project leader for the brochure.

Who are "WE?" will be featured in Engineering Now on a bi-monthly basis.  The next set of profiles will appear in the April edition.

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Rae Report
Former Ontario Premier Bob Rae released the findings of his postsecondary review Monday, February 7 urging the government to act quickly to curtail the further decline of postsecondary education in the province.
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Awards & Accomplishments

2005 Walter D. Hodson Award
Dr. Lior Kogut of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering has been named the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Walter D. Hodson Award by the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE).   
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Western Engineering Team Toboggan (WETT Coast Coppers) Win Best Rookie Team Award
After a long hiatus, Western’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department put together a team of six members to participate in the annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race.
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Formula SAE Update
The 2005 season is shaping up to be a great year for Western Engineering's Formula SAE team. They are currently on track and plan to have the 2005 entry done by late March.
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Studying Effects of High Intensity Winds
Western Engineering researchers at the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory (BLWTL) have recently received funding from Manitoba Hydro, CEA and ICLR to study the effects of high intensity winds on transmission lines.  This is Phase 2 of a project already in progress.
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United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction
Approximately 4,500 delegates from 170 governments and NGOs, with more than 40 ministers attended the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan from January 18-22, 2005.
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New Vice-President Research
Ted Hewitt has been named Vice-President Research at Western.
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Upcoming Events


Program Counselling/Web Registration for September 2005
February 7 - 18

During this two week period, first-year students choose their program for next year and all students can obtain counselling from their department regarding next year's course selection.  Web registration must be done on-line by February 18 to register for courses in the summer via the web.

Iron Ring Info Session with Wardens from Camp 11
Thursday, February 17
SEB 1059
1:00 pm
Western Engineering Sweatpants For Sale - Made to Order
UES is now selling Western Engineering sweatpants in black, blue and grey.  The UES logo with the text "Western Engineering" is embroidered on the right leg. Embroidery is available in white and purple. Optional "ERTW" or "ENG" lettering is also available in white or purple.

Pants are $40 each and are on sale until Friday, February 18 in the UES Resource Room (SEB 1001).
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Western Engineering Design Day - Civil & Environmental Engineering Competition
Friday, February 18
8:30 am

Eight teams of fourth-year Western Civil & Environmental Engineering students will present their designs for two preliminary projects to a panel of judges. 

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CEE440 Thesis Presentation
Friday, February 18
2:30 pm

Five students will present their research work on topics such as: evaluation of the dynamic response of three tall buildings in Chicago, bond distribution of plain reinforcing steel in concrete, trajectories of roof sheathing panels under high winds, and investigation of the impacts of climate change on Canada’s water resources, just to name a few.


National Engineering Week
Week of February 26 - March 6
Many exciting engineering events will take place across the City of London and Western during National Engineering Week.
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Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Signed Jersey Draw
$5 each or $20 for 5 tickets
Draw to take place: Friday, March 4
Winner to be announced at the UES Charity Concert

Attention soccer fans and connoisseurs of fine dining: EWB Western is raffling two signed soccer jerseys from REAL MADRID & FC BARCELONA, as well as two gift certificates for brunch for two at the Delta Armories.  All funds raised will go towards international development projects. 
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Western Engineering Design Days
Monday, March 7 – Wednesday, March 9
IMTI and Windermere
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fourth-year students will present their design projects to a panel of industry and faculty judges over the course of three days.
The judges will select the most outstanding project in each respective program.  These selected projects will be presented March 22 to an audience of current and prospective students.  For more information, contact Laurie Marshall, Undergraduate Services at  or contact the Undergraduate Assistant in your department.


March Break Open House
Saturday, March 12
Registration begins at 9:00 am

Prospective students will be visiting Western Engineering to talk with current students, faculty and staff.
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Past Events


2005 Engineers Without Borders National Conference
Wednesday, January 19 – Saturday, January 22
Nine members of the Western chapter of Engineers Without Borders attended the 2005 EWB National Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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4th Annual Research Day
Friday, January 28
Featuring the work of more than 90 faculty and graduate students, the day was an opportunity for Western Engineering to showcase its talents to local industry, as well as the general public.
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11th Annual CSCE Student Conference
Friday, January 28 - Saturday, January 29
Responding to the changing forces of nature was the theme for the 11th Annual CSCE Student Conference.
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Spring 2005 Convocation
The timeline for applying to graduate in the Spring 2005 Convocation is December 1, 2004 - March 15, 2005.  All eligible students must apply.
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Photo Gallery

Research Day
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Western Engineering Welcomes:
Belle Almoro                     Graduate Affairs Assistant
                                           Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
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Katherine Mills                  Communications Intern
                                            Dean's Office
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Lost & Found
Have you misplaced your keys or notebook and don't know where to turn?  Try looking in the Lost & Found box located in the Undergraduate Services Office.  They currently have many unclaimed items.


New Transportation of Dangerous Goods Policy
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Your participation is greatly appreciated.  If you would like to include something in Engineering Now, contact Allison Stevenson via email (, telephone (ext. 82917) or stop by her office (SEB Room 2074).  Your comments and feedback are also greatly appreciated.

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