News and Events

Volume 1 - Edition 10
March 2005



Western Engineering students promoted the Faculty of Engineering at Western, and the engineering profession as a whole, through various events held at the university and within the community in recognition of National Engineering Week, held February 28 – March 6. 

Other communities across Canada also celebrated during this week to raise public awareness of the importance of engineering and technology in our daily lives and to encourage young people to consider careers in engineering and technology.
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Awards & Accomplishments


Bartlett made the cut for TVO 'Prof Survivor'

Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Michael Bartlett is one of nine Western professors nominated for a TVOntario BrainCandy Award, given to the top lecturer in Ontario.
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Robotics rings up award

Bell Canada has donated $500,000 to CSTAR to help develop the next generation of minimally invasive surgical technologies, including robotics.
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Promoting Engineering - One committee at a time

Dr. Jin Jiang, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is committed to seeing the profession of engineering succeed.
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Thompson melts away the competition
Matt Thompson, a fourth-year Western Electrical Engineering student, has been selected as the winner of the NRC Energy Ambassadors competition for his paper titled Energy Conservation Competition Dual Source Heating.
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The gift of encouragemen
Donna Padavan, a Western Engineering PhD student, recently applied for the CEMF Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Scholarship.  She was the only applicant to apply for this award from Western.  
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Feldman's future set in stone
Lisa Feldman, a Western Engineering PhD student, has been recognized by the American Concrete Institution (ACI) for her research contributions. 
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Brown brings an old process into the 21st Century

Dr. Lyndon Brown, faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently received a US patent for his Power Supply and Control Equipment for Resistance Welding Machine
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Newalta Corporation supports Western Engineering
The Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory of the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory (BLWTL) has recently received a generous donation of $100,000 by Newalta Corporation.
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A bridge too fat
J. Peter C. King of the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory was recently featured in the New York Times regarding research he conducted regarding the weight issues of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge.
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Upcoming Events


IEEE t-shirts on sale
The t-shirts are available in three colours: burgundy, army, and navy.  T-shirts are $18 for non-IEEE members and $14 for IEEE members.
Information about the t-shirts, including design, can be found on the IEEE website,


Women In Engineering Year End Dinner
Sponsored by General Motors Canada
Wednesday, March 23
6:00 pm
Hilton Hotel, London

Please see for more information.


Easter Potluck Lunch for Faculty and Staff
Thursday, March 24
11:45 am
SEB 3102

A sign-up sheet is available outside Sue Chapman’s office (SEB 2003B).  Please indicate what you intend to bring.


Blood Donor Clinic
Tuesday, March 29
SEB Cafeteria


Distinguished Lecture Series
Thursday, March 31
1:00 pm
SEB 1059

Dr. Nicholas P. Jones, Dean, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University will present Long-Span Bridge Performance Assessment using Full-Scale Measurements. All are welcome to attend.
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Iron Ring Ceremony
Friday, April 1
4:00 pm
Alumni Hall
All faculty are welcome to attend.


Relay for Life
Hosted by University Students’ Council
Saturday, April 2
7:00 pm – 7:00 am

Western Engineering encourages you to participate in Relay for Life.  Relay for Life is a 12 hour overnight non-competitive marathon to raise money and awareness for cancer research. The event will be full of fun, games, music, and food.  If you are interesting in forming a team, contact Rachael Donovan, Relay for Life Chair, University Students’ Council at

Please note: You will need a minimum of 5 participants, maximum of 10. One person needs to be designated at the team captain and each member must raise a minimum of $50 dollars. On the day of the event, one person from the team should be on the track at all times.


ES050 Design Showcase
Friday, April 8
9:00 am

Great Hall, Somerville House
This Design Showcase will include an interactive exhibit of first-year Western Engineering student design projects that demonstrate an important scientific principle or engineering technology.  All are welcome to attend.


LEDC Special Event - Opportunities abound with Dennis DesRosiers
Tuesday, April 12
A dynamic and entertaining speaker, Mr. DesRosiers will provide an outlook on the North American automotive industry and the opportunities for Canadian suppliers.
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Distinguished Lecture Series
Thursday, April 14
1:00 pm
SEB 1059

Dr. Robert R. Birge,
Harold S. Schwenk Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut will present Protein-based Three-dimensional Memories and Associative Processors.  All are welcome to attend.
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The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
May 28 - June 5
Now in its 74th year, the Congress will feature more than 80 academic disciplines presenting a wide array of research and has become the largest multi-disciplinary gathering of scholars in North America. Delegates from Europe, Africa and Asia are also expected to travel to Western.
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Engineering Retreat at Pine Knot Golf Course
Monday, June 6
Shot gun start at 10:00 am
Pine Knot Golf Course

The day includes a Texas Scramble with steak dinner and a Silent Auction with proceeds going towards Discovery Western.  More information to follow.

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Past Events


City of London Design Competition
Tuesday, March 1
Six teams of fourth-year Civil and Environmental Engineering students - about 35 students total - pooled their knowledge and consulted with experts from within the university and professional engineering community to design a bridge or culvert structure for the annual City of London Design Competition.
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Western Engineering Design Days
Monday, March 7 - Wednesday, March 8

After four years of hard work and determination, Western Engineering's fourth-year students had the chance to showcase their knowledge to a panel of judges at the annual Western Engineering Design Days.
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Photo Gallery

City of London Design Competition
Western Engineering Bonanza
Western Engineering Design Days
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Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Charity Draw Report
EWB Western held a Charity Draw during National Engineering Week to help raise funds for international development projects. A total of 1,433 tickets were sold.  EWB Western raised a grand total of $6,335, making this event an EWB national record for most funds raised from any one single event.

Congratulations to the following winners:
First prize - Real Madrid autographed jersey

Jon Armstrong

Second prize - FC Barcelona autographed jersey
Jen Canning

Third & Fourth Prize - Sunday Brunch at the Delta London Armouries
Elisabeth Aarts
Daniel Costa

EWB Western would like to thank everyone for their continued support.


A different kind of education: One students life-changing experience in Guyana
Nima Rohani, having completed his third-year in Electrical Engineering, left for South America, September 22, 2004 for an eight month stay in Guyana.

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2004 President's Report
The 2004 President's Report is now available online.

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Say goodbye to UWO and hello to Western
The university plans to encourage use of the name Western and discourage use of UWO in future marketing of the institution and in its visual identity.

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Climbing to greater heights

The results of the 2004-05 round of P&T deliberations are in.  Congratulations to the following faculty members:
  • Dr. Dimitre Karamanev has been promoted to Professor
  • Dr. Hesham El Naggar has been promoted to Professor
  • Dr Hanif Ladak has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
  • Dr. Hamada Ghenniwa has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
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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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