News and Events

Volume 1 - Edition 8
January 2005

Partnership Agreement with India

We received early word via an email from Dean Berruti who was in India at the time, that The University of Western Ontario and the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) - rated as the #1 Asian Engineering school - signed a partnership agreement of research cooperation and faculty and student exchanges Monday, January 17.

In the picture, Dean Berruti is presenting a certificate to Dr. Sanjay Dhande, Director of the Indian Institute of Technology (equivalent to the President). Also present, from the left, Dr. Suresh Srivastava, Dean of Research and Development; Dr. Kripa Shanker, Deputy Director of IIT (Kanpur), Dr. Ted Hewitt, Acting Vice President (Research) at Western and Dr. Ernest Yanful, Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Ontario.

There will be more information regarding this exciting partnership to follow.


Newsletter Sections

Awards & Accomplishments

Engineering Student-Athletes Honoured
Western honoured 200 Western Mustang student-athletes who achieved academic excellence during the 2003-04 academic year at a luncheon held before the holiday break.  Six engineering students were recognized at the event.
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MDS Gift Honours Western Engineering Alumnus, Ron Yamada
MDS Inc. has donated $333,000 to Western to honour Western Engineering alumnus Ron Yamada, BESc '64. The gift recognizes Yamada’s contributions to the international health and life sciences company as well as the close connection he shares with the University.
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Teaching Awards
Western Engineering professors Jeff Wood, faculty member in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, and Rajiv Varma, faculty member in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, have been recognized with teaching awards.
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Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) Order of Honour Award at the Officer Level
Argyrios (Gerry) Margaritis, faculty member in the Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, has been awarded the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) Order of Honour Award at the Officer Level.
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Summary of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering Awards
The Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering celebrated the achievements of their faculty, staff and students at a reception in the Thompson Engineering Building December 6, 2004.
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Tsunami Relief Efforts

An international conference hosted by the ICLR on water-related disasters, held only two weeks before the south Asian earthquake and tsunami struck on December 26, is sending a strong message that more must be done to mitigate the loss in property and life from such disasters around the world.
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Western Engineering can contribute to the tsunami relief efforts in many other ways as well.  We have expertise in areas such as: power systems, energy management, earthquakes and soil stability, energy from biomass, structural engineering, wind engineering, fluid mechanics, among many others.  In addition, our own students have created a local chapter of "Engineers Without Borders."

If you have any suggestions on ways that you can contribute to the tsunami relief efforts, please contact your Department Chair.  Dean Berruti is a member of the Western tsunami relief committee.  Any suggestions you share with your Department Chair will be passed along to Dean Berruti to share with the committee.

2004 Engineering Prize for Achievement in Research
Cedric Briens, faculty member in the Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, has been selected as the winner of the 2004 Engineering Prize for Achievement in Research.  The vote of the Committee members was unanimous.
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Alan G. Davenport Award for Excellence
Zhuyen Xu is the first recipient of the Alan G. Davenport Award for Excellence for academic achievement in research by a full-time international graduate student from a developing country.

This award was established by the Board of Directors of the Alan G. Davenport Wind Engineering Group, Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering through a generous donation from Geoffrey & Ruth Walker to Western in honour of Dr. Alan Davenport, Founding Director, BLWTL and Professor Emeritus, CEE.

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Academic Biography – The Database is Ready to Use
In the spring/summer of 2003, the Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Biochemistry partnered with the idea of creating an efficient and user-friendly “Academic Biography.”
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Upcoming Events

Distinguished Lecture Series
Thursday, January 27
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
SEB 1059

Dr. Howard Stone,
Vicky Joseph Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Harvard College Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will speak at the second Western Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series.  Dr. Stone's presentation will focus on Digital Microfluidics: Drops, Bubbles, Jets and Colloidal Armor.
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11th Annual CSCE Student Conference
Thursday, January 27 – Saturday, January 29
Station Park All Suite Hotel


The CSCE Student Conference will focus on the natural areas of Civil Engineering including natural catastrophes, geotechnics, environmental and wind engineering.
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4th Annual Research Day – Open House
Friday, January 28
Great Hall, Somerville House
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This open house features over 80 Western Engineering professors and their graduate students presenting research in poster format. Learn how MMO supports research, develops partnerships, trains graduate students with an industrial orientation, and transfers knowledge and technology to industry. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Inventing the Future Conference
Friday, January 28

78 Queen's Park, Toronto
The University of Toronto Law School

The University of Toronto's Centre for Innovation Law and Policy is hosting Young Inventors International's third Inventing the Future Conference.  This event may be of interest for students who are planning to start their own business or commercialize their research or technology. 
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Getting Ready for Intent to Register
Wednesday, February 2

Great Hall, Somerville House
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Faculty, staff and student representatives from all engineering disciplines will be in attendance at this event to answer any questions first-year engineering students might have before applying to a specific engineering discipline for second year. All first-year students are encouraged to attend this event.
For more information, contact the Undergraduate Services Office.


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 in order to be able to register for courses in the summer via the web.

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Past Events

Montreal Massacre Memorial Ceremony
Monday, December 6
Women in Engineering hosted a memorial ceremony to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
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Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff Award Deadlines
Engineering Awards of Recognition (full-time and part-time faculty and staff) nomination deadline - 4:00 pm January 31.
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Engineering Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement by a Staff Member (full-time staff) nomination deadline - 4:00 pm January 31.
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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

Montreal Massacre Memorial Ceremony
Holiday Get-Togethers
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