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Selecting this year's recipient for the Engineering Prize for Achievement in Research was ‘crystal clear' 
Chemical & Biochemical Engineering professor Sohrab Rohani has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Engineering Prize for Achievement in Research. Rohani, an internationally recognized researcher in the crystallization of chemicals and pharmaceutical products, has made significant contributions in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
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Designing our students’ future 
Mechanical & Materials Engineering professor Paul Kurowski has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching for his efforts as Course Coordinator for ES 1050 – Introductory Design and Innovation Studio. Kurowski has been a significant member of undergraduate and graduate education in Western Engineering, acting as an advisor and mentor for fourth-year students and graduate students in the field of Design and Design Simulation using CAD and FEA.
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Excellence recognized 
The fifth annual Western Award of Excellence generated a surge in nominations for the highest recognition for staff members. Lesley Mounteer, Western Engineering's Associate Director (External Services), was honoured with this award for her passion and dedication to the engineering profession as a whole.
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Western Engineering researchers recognized for exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada 
The Engineering Institute of Canada has announced the 2010 recipients of its honours, awards and fellowships. Two of Western Engineering’s top researchers are on the list: G.S. Peter Castle and J.M. Floryan.
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Business London | January 2010 edition 
Business London takes a look at five Western technologies that are ready for work, including a process to smolder liquids to clean up toxic waste; leading-edge nontechnology at work in the automotive field; engineered bio-tissue for heart repair; a machine that transforms agricultural waste into valuable bio-fuels; and a big step in the treatment of prostate cancer.
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Research News

'Slow burn' renews contaminated property  
Imagine starting up your charcoal barbecue underground. Doesn't make much sense, does it? But it's the inspiration behind an innovative site remediation process created at The University of Western Ontario.
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Western projects receive federal funds  
In one project, led by Faculty of Engineering professor Greg Kopp, researchers are conducting full-scale testing of wood frame failures in severe windstorms, to gain information on how to build safer, more durable structures.
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Secret curling broom research Olympics-bound 
'Sweeep!' This simple word echoes across curling rinks nation-wide. And University of Western Ontario professor Tom Jenkyn has discovered there’s a lot more to the perfect sweep than anyone had imagined.
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Also see London Free Press article: Sweeping research rocks curling world

Hydro One supports power grid research  
A new partnership between Hydro One and The University of Western Ontario will increase the reliability and security of the electrical grid while also promoting opportunities for greener sources of energy.
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Watch a video from the announcement: Hydro One energizes Western
Also see London Free Press article: Hydro invests in grid experts

Hesham El Naggar comments on the earthquake in Haiti  
Western Engineering's Associate Dean (Research & External Services), Research Director at Western's Geotechnical Research Centre and Professor in Civil Engineering spoke with numerous media outlets about the earthquake in Haiti.
London Free Press | January 14, 2010
TVO: The Agenda | January 15, 2010

Research promises tears of joy for diabetics  
A simple pair of contact lenses may soon alleviate the need for diabetics to regularly draw blood in order to test their glucose levels. The work of Chemical & Biochemical assistant professor Jin Zhang, and the use of extremely small nanoparticles in contact lenses, may soon change the way diabetics monitor their glucose levels.
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Farming manure for megawatts  
Engineering professor and Associate Dean (Academic) Amarjeet Bassi is among the researchers using Stanton Farms as a large-scale test tube. Bassi will build a greenhouse with a bio-fence of five gallon tubes filled with microalgae grown on 5,000 litres a day of effluent (treated wastewater rich in fertilizer value). The algae production process uses minimum energy – using only natural light, carbon dioxide captured from burning the methane gas, and waste effluent – to produce a high-value product, he says.
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Western Engineering

Western Engineering welcomes...

Chris Dell, Project Manager, WindEEE Dome

Kathy Moser, Administrative Assistant-Special Projects

Ana Pimentel, Program Coordinator, CAMI Program

Parveen Grewal, MEng Coordinator

Rob Taylor, Technical Specialist, ICFAR

Andrew Klazinga, Research Assistant, IRLBH

Western Engineering bids farewell to...

Rachel Dekker, ECE, and Garvin Burt, UMS, who recently left Western Engineering to pursue other interests.

Bob Saunders, ITG, and Jack Handysides, UMS, recently retired from Western Engineering. Bob retired in December 2009 after 12 years of service. Jack retired in January 2010 after 16 years of service.

Director Administration Announced

After 18 months working as Acting Director Administration for the Faculty of Engineering, Christina MacDonald will officially become the Director of Administration, effective February 1, 2010.

WORLDiscoveries Research Showcase
Western's Faculties of Engineering and Science and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry hosted the 2010 WORLDiscoveries Research Showcase Friday, February 5, 2010 at the London Convention Centre.

Mountsfield Elementary visits BLWTL
Future engineers from Mountsfield Elementary school toured Western's Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory on February 4, 2010. The students toured the facilities and were literally blown away by the wind tunnel.

WETT Univeiling
After a year of preparation, the Western Engineering Concrete Toboggan Team (WETT) unveiled their toboggan design Thursday, January 14, 2010 for the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR).

A Western alum's journey with the Olympic torch
Steven Dengler, a Western alum and major supporter of the Faculty of Engineering, had the opportunity to run with the Olympic torch on December 31, 2009 in Timiskaming, Quebec.

Family Skate Night
The Western Engineering Social Committee hosted a Family Skate Night December 17, 2009 at the Thompson Arena. Faculty, staff, graduate students and their families enjoyed a free night of skating and goodies.

Bob Saunders Retirement Party
After 12 years with Western, Bob Saunders, Senior Unix Administrator, retired from Western Engineering. The Information Technology Group hosted a celebration for Bob in the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion on December 4, 2009.


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