Engineering Now :: Volume 5 - Edition 4:: January 2009

Western Engineering welcomes three new faculty members

Wenxing Zhou joined the Civil & Environmental Engineering department as an Assistant Professor in the area of natural disaster mitigation and management on January 1, 2009. His office will be located in SEB 3118, phone extension 87931. Wenxing comes to us from C-FER Technologies in Edmonton, Alberta, where he has worked in many capacities since 2003, more recently as a Research Manager. Wenxing received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1993 from Tongji University in Shanghai, China, and Masters of Engineering Science in Structural Engineering in 1996 from Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering in 2000 from The University of Western Ontario under the supervision of Dr. H. P. Hong.

Ilia Polushin joined the Electrical & Computer Engineering department as an Assistant Professor in the area of robotics on January 1, 2009. His office will be located in TEB 357, phone extension 88575. Ilia comes to us from Carleton University in Ottawa where he worked in many capacities such as Research Assistant/Associate, a Teaching Assistant and Instructor since 2004 in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering. During his time at Carleton University, Ilia completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering (2008). In 1992, he received a Dipl. Eng. Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1992 from Kirov Polytechnical Institute in Russia.

Luis Solano-Flores joined the Chemical & Biochemical Engineering department with Dr. Hugo de Lasa and the other Principal Investigators in the CFI project “Green Energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Technologies” as an Engineering Technician on January 19, 2009. His role will be to service and maintain lab-scale experimental units to be located in the new Claudette-McKay Lassonde Pavilion (CMLP) and to provide installation and training, technical support, troubleshooting and servicing of experimental equipment for faculty researchers and graduate students.
Luis comes to us from the Department of Physiology, UWO where he has worked in many roles since 1995; most recently as a Research Scientist. He received a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemistry, a Masters of Health Science and a PhD in Physiology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Luis has much experience as a facility and technical officer working with research teams and equipment. He also has research and teaching experience, combined with a project management background.

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