Engineering Now :: Volume 5 - Edition 3 :: November/December 2008

Western Engineering wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Engineering good grades and extracurricular activities
    The University of Western Ontario honoured its student-athletes who achieved 80 per cent or better in the 2007-08 academic year at the annual Academic Awards Luncheon at The Great Hall on December 5. (more)

  • Safety innovation by student recognized
    Western engineering undergraduate student Mark Cicero received the 2008 Minerva James Ham Safe Design Award at the Industrial Accident Prevention Association’s national Health and Safety Conference and Trade Show in Toronto in April 2008. Minerva recently asked Mark to share his thoughts both about the award and about health and safety in university curricula. (more)

  • Western Engineering Steps-Up for United Way
    Brigitte Heddle from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been busy organizing various events within the Faculty of Engineering to help raise funds in support of the United Way. She organized a team of 18 members for the annual United Way Stair Climb and hosted a Trivia Event in the Engineering cafeteria. (more)

  • Western Engineering students DIG digital games
    DIG London, the digital games cluster in London, Ontario, hosted a games conference event from November 27-28, 2008. This two day conference focused on opportunities for young people to enter the industry as well as providing an opportunity for Ontario game industry leaders to explore industry issues, network and seek new business opportunities. (more)

  • New research grant for Simonovic
    Slobodan P. Simonovic, PhD., PEng, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director Engineering Studies, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western has received a new research grant entitled, “Climate security - the implications of the impacts and response strategies of a changing climate for Canadian health, economic and social security," with an interdisciplinary team including G. McBean, B.Pratina, C. Trick, E. Riddell-Dixon, and D. Cunnighan. (more)

  • Western Engineering's Marathon Man runs for diabetes
    The University of Western Ontario machine services technician Brian Groot ran five marathons in six weeks to raise money for Team Diabetes and to push his physical limits. (more)

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  • Can robots become eyes and hands of surgeons?
    Don’t be surprised if the next time you need an operation, the doctor conducting the surgery is not in the same room – or, for that matter, in the same city. (more)

  • Waste-to-fuel machine near market-ready
    Chemical Engineering professor Franco Berruti speaks about potential uses for farm waste. Using a mobile pyrolysis unit developed with colleague Cedric Briens, Berruti can convert leftovers from crops into fuels, food additives and pharmaceuticals. (more)

  • WORLDiscoveries Research Showcase
    Western Engineering has partnered with the Faculty of Science and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry to present WORLDiscoveries (TM) Research Showcase on January 30, 2009 from 11 am – 3 pm at the London Convention Centre. The research showcase is an opportunity for business and industry partners to explore more than 100 displays on innovative research at Western and meet scientists advancing work in eight key areas: Neuroscience/Brain and Mind , Imaging, Materials and Biomaterials, Wind Engineering and Natural Disaster Mitigation, Fluid Mechanics, Mathematics and Modeling, Computing, Information Technology and Robotics, Biological and Biomedical, Environment, Sustainability and Green Energy. (more)

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    Making a Difference

  • Recent gifts to the Faculty of Engineering
    Western Engineering has received three recent gifts from three different donors, supporting the efforts of our students, infrastructure and research. (more)

  • London Hydro makes donation to Green Building
    London Hydro is donating $50,000 for technology and the research and development of alternative energy projects at the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion at The University of Western Ontario. (more)
    London Free Press article

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  • Green building waste diverted from dump
    The construction crew on the Green Building project, Hayman Construction Inc., went the extra step to ensuring a 'sustainable site' by purchasing reusable coffee mugs for all the workers. (more)

  • Western reviews capital project needs
    In the face of a broad economic downturn the university is reviewing its list of building and renovation projects to determine which should move ahead as planned, and which should be delayed. The Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion (Green Building), the Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources are set to continue.

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    Upcoming Events and Deadlines

    Click HERE to view Western Engineering's online calendar. This calendar includes a complete list of Western Engineering's upcoming events and deadlines.

    Events are colour-coded as follows:
    Grey - Faculty-wide events/deadlines
    Purple - Student events/deadlines
    Light blue/Teal - Faculty member events/deadlines
    Orange - Faculty & Staff events/deadlines
    Green - Staff events/deadlines
    Yellow - UES Events/Announcements
    Pink - Faculty, Staff and Graduate student events/deadlines

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    Past Events

  • Painting for World Vision
    Month of October 2008

  • Fall Preview Day
    November 15, 2008

  • Polar Stick Bridge Competition
    November 20, 2008

  • Fall Awards Ceremony
    November 20, 2008

  • National Conference On Women In Engineering
    November 21 - 22, 2008

  • Montreal Massacre Memorial Ceremony
    December 5, 2008

  • Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student Holiday Dinner and Dance
    December 5, 2008