News and Events

Volume 1 - Edition 12
May 2005


I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand. Discovery Western (DW) bases their Elementary School Workshops  and Summer Camps on this motto to prove engineering doesn’t have to be just about numbers and formulas; it can also be a fun and interactive learning experience too.

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It was ten years ago that Bob Stuart in University Machine Services (UMS) had the idea to organize a golf event to recognize the hard work of his staff in Stores and UMS while thanking their clients and suppliers for their loyalty to The University of Western Ontario.  Bob had no idea the day would grow into such a successful annual event.

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Newsletter Sections

Awards & Accomplishments

CSME honours two Western Engineering faculty members 

Drs. Maciej Floryan and Chao Zhang, from the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, will be honoured by the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) at the 20th Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics (CANCAM) banquet June 1, 2005 at McGill University.

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Engineering Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement by a Staff Member goes to Kathy Lesko

This award recognizes the outstanding achievements of a fulltime (continuing) staff member (administrative or technical) who supports the academic, research and innovation, public service and/or administrative missions of the Faculty of Engineering. 

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Hongliu Wang takes home silver from CIM Graduate Students Competition

Mr. Hongliu Wang, a Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD student supervised by Dr. Julie Shang,  won the silver award in the Student Poster Competition (graduate students category) at the 2005 Canadian Institute of Metallurgists (CIM) Conference. Wang received $500 plus a certificate. The criteria for the competition included: content, abstract, clarity, layout, esthetics, acknowledgements, and overall presentation.

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Margaritis awarded the PEO Order of Honour Award at the Officer Level

Dr. Argyrios Margaritis,  professor of Biochemical Engineering, was awarded the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) Order of Honour Award at the Officer Level at the prestigious PEO Order of Honour Awards Dinner Gala and Induction Ceremony April 16, 2005. Dr. Margaritis received his award in front of approximately 500 guests at the London Convention Centre.

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Feldman wins ACI Fellowship Award

Ms. Lisa Feldman, a PhD student supervised by Dr. Mike Bartlett in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded an American Concrete Institute (ACI) Student Fellowship Award.  The award is valued at $10,000 plus benefits for the 2005-2006 academic year. The benefits include coverage of expenses to attend ACI conventions in New Orleans and Raleigh.

Johnson receives IMHA's Quality of Life Research Award

Dr. Jim Johnson, faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, was recognized by his colleagues Wednesday, April 27 with the IMHA Quality of Life Research Award. 

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The Three Little Pigs Project receives a "steel" of a donation

Gerdau Ameristeel recently delivered 30 metric tones of reinforced steel, worth approximately $65,000 and leveraged by CFI with $260,000, as a gift in kind to the Three Little Pigs construction site. 

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Richard's research underway

Mr. Andrew Richard, a PhD student under the supervision of Biochemical Professor Argyrios Margaritis, has successfully completed his PhD thesis. Mr. Richard has also been awarded a two year NSERC Post Doctoral Fellowship starting May 2005 and will work with Margaritis on the use of biocompatible biopolymer Polyglutamic acid to conjugate the anti-cancer drug TAXOL for controlled release of TAXOL in biomedical applications.

Quakes, robot surgery among $16.7 M winners

Assessing seismic hazards for at-risk structures will be front and centre for Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hesham El Naggar over the next five years.

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Student's research raising roof - literally

For Brent Visscher, blowing the roof off a house is nothing new. In fact, the fourth-year engineering student did so 136 times in one week.

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Upcoming Events


Western Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 25
Celebrate 150 Breakfast with voice and opera professor

7:30 am - 9:30 am
London Convention Centre

The  role of art in the City of London is a hot topic right now. Theodore Baerg, an internationally renowned opera performer and professor in Western's Don Wright Faculty of Music will present an artist's perspective on the subject. As an added bonus, he will also perform. Please RSVP to or 850-2548.

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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The Canadian Society For Civil Engineering 33rd Annual Conference
Thursday, June 2 - Saturday, June 4

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Engineering Retreat at Pine Knot Golf Course
Monday, June 6
Shot gun start at 10:00 am
$30 for Western Engineering employees
$55 for guests

Sponsored by Western Engineering's Dean's Office, University Machine Services and the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory, the day includes a Texas Scramble, cart, steak dinner and Silent Auction with proceeds going towards Discovery Western.  Register with a full team of four or sign-up on your own with Stephen Mallinson or Sue Chapman by Friday, May 27.

Spring Graduating Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, June 15
10:00 am
SEB 1200
Everyone is invited to attend the Spring Graduating Awards Ceremony to honour the graduating class of 2005. For more information, please contact Karen Murray.

Wednesday, June 15
3:30 pm
Alumni Hall
Graduation packages are available in the Undergraduate Services Office.  For more information, contact Margaret Mousseau.  If you are interested in volunteering at convocation, please contact Sue Chapman.  Sue is still looking for 4 Ushers and 1 Orator.  Please volunteer; the students need us!

Engineering Faculty and Staff Awards Dinner
Thursday, June 16
Cash Bar - 6:30 pm
Dinner - 7:00 pm
West Haven Golf & Country Club
Presentations will be made to: Dr. Hugo de Lasa, Mr. Tim Hunt, Mrs. Kathy Lesko, Ms. Nina Lowes, and Dr. Douglas Shinozki for 25 years of service; Dr. Jeffery Wood, recipient of the R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching; Dr. Cedric Briens, recipient of Engineering Award for Excellence in Research; and Kathy Lesko, recipient of the Engineering Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement by a Staff Member. Please RSVP to Sue Chapman by June 3.

3rd Annual Western Engineering Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament
Friday, August 19
Tee off times start at 11:00 am
Fire Rock Golf Club, Komoka
$125 per person
The day includes golf, cart, boxed lunch, buffet dinner.  Deadline for registration and payment is August 4, 2005.  For more information, or to register, please contact Heidi Ashton  ext. 86863 or register online.

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Past Events


Formula SAE unveil 2005 car
Saturday, May 7

With a roar of the engine – they were off! Western’s Formula SAE team unveiled their 2005 vehicle to a group of faculty, staff, students, family and friends Saturday, May 7. 

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Photo Gallery

Formula SAE unveiling

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Changes to Equity Services

Western’s Equity Services Office has relocated to a new space in rooms 330 - 335 of the South Valley Building. Coinciding with this  move will be a name change for Equity Services. The new name will be Equity and Human Rights Services which more accurately reflects the breadth of services provided by staff in this area.

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New content on EK3 Plasma screens

When the Thompson Engineering Building opened in February 2004, EK3 - a company co-founded by two Western Engineering alumni - generously donated the plasma screens located in the building’s lobby.  Since the grand opening, the information displayed on the plasma screens have not been updated; until now.

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NSERC 2006 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships
Deadline for nominations: July 4, 2005
NSERC is calling for nominations for the NSERC 2006 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships.
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Nominate a fellow engineering grad for the L.S. Lauchland Medal
Deadline for nominations: August 12, 2005
The L.S. Lauchland Medal was initiated in 1976 to mark the retirement of Professor L. Stuart Lauchland, the first faculty member of Western Engineering and past President of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.
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