Engineering Now .: Volume 3 - Edition 3 .: October 2006

Smashing Pumpkins

Click here to watch video footage of Pumpkin Drop 2006, a fundraising event for Engineers Without Boarders.(MP4, 5.6MB)

Western's chapter of Engineers Without Borders, with the support of the Undergraduate Engineering Society, dropped a 750 lb pumpkin from 100 feet above UC Hill on October 19, to symbolize smashing poverty world-wide.

The event raised awareness and over $2000 in donations.  All proceeds will go directly towards funding overseas volunteer programs. EWB Western is currently supporting two Western graduates who are completing long term (12-16 month) projects in Malawi and Ghana. They are living and working with local NGO’s, entrepreneurs and tradesman to achieve EWB’s mission of ‘promoting human development through access to technology.

EWB Western plans to support two additional short term volunteers on four-month placements this summer. For more information about EWB projects, please visit

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Bergougnou 'guide for all' in engineering
    Modesty is one of Maurice Bergougnou's most recognized traits. This humility was never more apparent than last week when a surprise honour was bestowed on the engineering pioneer at Western. (more)

  • Ryan Kohn’s ingenuity changes SE350y forever
    Fourth-year Software Engineering student Ryan Kohn saw an opportunity to improve his third year Software Engineering Design I course (SE350y), and his efforts are still being rewarded today. Ryan was one of 20 students out of 300 applicants to receive the McGraw-Hill Ryerson Student Scholarship Award. (more)

  • Ivey and Western Engineering Students Win Hong Kong Case Competition
    A group of Ivey HBA/Engineering students have won this year’s Citigroup International Case Competition held at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. (more)

  • Major effort to boost women engineers
    Renée Dahlia and Leigh-Anne Stordy are sisters-except that they don't share the same last name, parents or race. Dahlia and Stordy are related not through blood but through a mentorship program at the University of Western Ontario intended to nurture new female students entering the engineering program. (more)

  • Grad snatches victory from Dragons' jaws
    A Western Engineering alumna's Omega 3 salad dressing tickled the palate of investors on the debut of CBC-TV's Dragon's Den - and went down smoothly for the creator, too. (more)

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  • Knock this house down: science will thank you - Special to the Globe and Mail
    While there will be no huffing and puffing at the University of Western Ontario's soon-to-open Three Little Pigs facility, the two story, suburban-style test house will eventually get blown down. (more)

  • Heat process makes oils from agriculture wastes and crops - Ontario Farmer
    When BSE closed the Canadian border to cattle exports Jim Weaver began looking for ways for Weavercroft International to diversify its cattle trading business.  Weaver said their search eventually lead them to Ron Golden, an engineer with Caprex Ltd., which is a fabricating firm in Cambridge and to Franco Berruti, the Dean of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, who is a leading expert in pyrolysis - the use of thermal energy to break down material. (more)

  • Important research information for faculty members...

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  • United Way Pledge Forms
    By now, all Western Engineering faculty and staff members should have received personalized United Way pledge forms in their mailbox. Please return your pledge forms to Raveendra K. Rao either by using the campus mail envelope or by leaving it in the mailbox marked as United Way in the Faculty's central mailroom. For more information, contact Raveendra K. Rao.

  • Basic WHMIS training for Western Employees

    All Western employees (including grad students) must have WHMIS training. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring their employees complete the training. Occupational Health and Safety now offers two versions of WHMIS training for Western employees – Comprehensive and Basic. Both versions are available on-line through WebCT Vista at (The University of Western Ontario section). (more)

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    Past Events

  • BAJA SAE in Bike for AIDS
    October 12

  • Go ENG Girl 2006
    October 14

  • Pumpkin Drop 2006
    October 19

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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

    Click here for Western Engineering's October Media Clips Package