Engineering Now .: Volume 2 - Edition 3 .: September, 28 2005

Western Engineering gets a makeover

(photo: introductory image for the site)

Western Engineering is kicking off the 2005-06 academic year in style.

Over the summer months, Western Engineering renovated classrooms, offices and the cafeteria in the Spencer Engineering Building. The Faculty also launched a new and improved Web site and a user friendly version of the WE logo. [Read more about the changes to Western Engineering...]

Awards & Accomplishments

SunStang racing across Australia

SunStang, and 22 solar car teams from across the world, are racing across Australia in the World Solar Challenge.  The race began at 8:00 am Sunday, September 25 in Darwin.

SunStang is the only team in the competition from Ontario. The team plans to post race updates to the Web site regularly. Be sure to visit for updates from the team.
[Read more about the World Solar Challenge...]

First UNENE PhD graduate to become a faculty member at UOIT

The very first PhD graduate from the entire UNENE (University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering) sponsored programs, Dr. Lixuan Lu, a recent Western Engineering graduate student, has accepted a faculty position at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). [Read more about Dr. Lu's position...]

Ontario Volunteer Awards for the Margaritis family

Like father, like daughter. Dr. Argyrios (Gerry) Margaritis, professor of Biochemical Engineering and his daughter, Athena Margaritis, a student at Western’s Teachers College both received an Ontario Volunteer Service Award Wednesday, September 7.
[Read more about Margaritis' award...]

Liu receives Best Student Paper Award at IEEE International Conference

Ms. Xiaoqing Liu, a current PhD candidate, received a best student paper award for her paper titled, "An Edge-based Text Region Extraction Algorithm for Indoor Mobile Robot Navigation" at the IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation (ICMA 2005).

PCI announced 2005 Engineering Design Awards (Best Beam Contest)

Western Engineering placed fourth for its Zone in the 2005 PCI (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute) Big Beam Contest. Team members Tom Greenough, Daniel Barber, Mohamed Bassuoni, Allen Chen, Johnny Huen, Allan Garnham and Gregory Stokkermans, with faculty advisor Maged Youseff, won $250 along with other prizes for their beam submission. [Read more about the PCI Big Beam Contest...]

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Western Engineering experts comment on Hurricane Katrina

Professors Sean Hinchberger, Greg Kopp and Tim Newson, all from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, appeared on TVOntario's current affairs program, Studio 2, Monday, September 12.  The group discussed the challenges ahead in rebuilding after Katrina with TVO's Paula Todd.
[Read more about Tim Newson's experiences in New Orleans...]
[Read more about Greg Kopp's engineering investigation at Hurricane site...]

University's mace gets a twin with help from UMS

The music, flair and formality are all part of a traditional Western Convocation ceremony. As a special gift from Western's alumni, a duplicate mace is being created by University Machine Services (UMS) for use in Hong Kong. [Read more about the the duplicate mace...]

Service changes for Research Western

Research Western is changing to better meet the needs of Western's research community.  Two new positions have been added to the Research Development & Services team and existing positions continue to evolve. [Read more about the changes in Research Western...]

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Upcoming Events

Mini Baja recruitment meeting

Wednesday, September 28
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
SEB 3109
Anyone interested in learning more about the Mini Baja team is invited to attend. No previous experience is required. 

Imperial Oil Information Session

Wednesday, September 28
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
1R40 Ivey

Annual Connected Career Fair

Thursday, September 29
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thompson Arena
This annual event is geared to third and fourth-year students in Engineering, Science and ACS. For more information visit,

Ontario Power Generation Information Session

Thursday, September 29
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
SEB 2202
Please RSVP at 

IBM Canada Information Session

Thursday, September 29
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
SEB 2100

Homecoming - Float Building for students

Friday, September 30
Time TBD
Springett Parking Lot
If you are interested in helping to build the Western Engineering float, and ride in the parade, please plan to attend the float building evening in Springett Parking Lot.  For more information, contact Robyn Gaebel.

NRC-IMTI Open House

Saturday, October 1
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
800 Collip Circle
Everyone is invited to tour the NRC-IMTI, as part of the success of Doors Open London. From virtual reality to watching lasers at work, Saturday October 1 is the perfect occasion to get inspired by what science can do. Special thought has been given to capturing the attention of children and teens, so plan to bring the family. The cafeteria will also be open for a light meal or snacks.
[Read more about the NRC-IMTI Open House...]

Annual Engineering Reception - Homecoming

Saturday, October 1
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thompson Engineering Building, front lobby
Everyone is invited to attend. Don't miss this opportunity to see old friends.

2nd Annual Engineering Homecoming Dinner

Saturday, October 1
The Greek Canadian Club - located at 965 Sarnia Road, London
Reception begins at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 7:00 pm
Cost is $35 per person
All faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Western Engineering are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to reminisce with old friends. To RSVP, email or call 519-850-2955 and leave your name, your guest's name and a day time phone number.

Monthly Get-Together

Tuesday, October 4
10:00 am
TEB lobby
The monthly get-together is an opportunity for faculty and staff to meet informally for friendly conversation and recognition. This is the perfect time to celebrate birthdays, weddings, birth announcements, promotions, awards, retirements, etc. The June get-together was hosted by Mechanical Engineering. The get-together took place in Lab 1069 and the Robotics and Manufacturing Automation students showcased their term project – the Automated Cocktail Server. The Dean’s Office and Financial Services will be hosting the upcoming get-togethers so everyone can see their renovated spaces. If you have an office, lab or special project that you would like to showcase, please contact Sue Chapman at

Grad Photos

Grad photos will be taken Tuesday, October 4-6 and Tuesday, October 11-13
Location will be posted with sign-up sheets in the UES Lounge
Appointments are booked seven minutes apart. Please arrive at the time of your appointment. Click here for more information or contact Chris Chandler at

Women In Engineering Executive Meeting

Tuesday, October 4
5:30 pm
SEB 2009b

Enbridge Information Session

Wednesday, October 5
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
SEB 2202

Women In Engineering Movie Night

Wednesday, October 5
7:00 pm
SEB 1059
Bring a glass for yourself and a snack to share. [Read more about the Women In Engineering Movie Night...]

Information Sessions for Western Engineering's Co-op Programs

Thursday, October 6 - Thursday, October 13
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
SEB 3109
These information sessions will provide you with general information on the co-op programs offered at Western Engineering – IIP and SECOP. The session will include information regarding the benefits of completing a co-op, eligibility, and enrolment process. Anyone interested in applying for a co-op program should plan to attend one of these information sessions.

Go ENG Girl at Western

Saturday, October 15
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Go ENG Girl is an exciting event for girls in grades 7 to 10 and their parents.  All Faculties and Schools of engineering in Ontario will be hosting a Go ENG Girl program Saturday, October 15. For more information please visit

Fire Drills for Spencer Engineering and Thompson Engineering

Tuesday, October 18

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Upcoming Deadlines

Fall awards and scholarships

Deadline to apply: Friday, September 30
All application forms for the fall awards and scholarships are now available at: Please submit all application forms to the Undergraduate Services Office, SEB 2097. For more information contact Karen Murray at

The Ross and Jean Clark Scholarships ($1,000 x 2 awards)

Deadline to apply: Friday, September 30
The Ross and Jean Clark Scholarships are available to graduate students studying for MESc and PhD's in a topic related to Environmental Engineering.  Please provide nominations by September 30, 2005 to the Graduate Assistant in your Department.  All nominations will be judged by the Western Engineering Graduate Committee in early October.

Call for nominations

(1)Thomas W. Eadie Medal
Deadline to apply: December 1, 2005
Nominations are sought for the Thomas W. Eadie Medal, jointly sponsored by Bell Canada and the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities.

The medal is awarded each year in recognition of major contributions to Engineering or Applied Science, with preference given to those having an impact on communications, in particular in the development of the internet.

Since 1975, the award is funded by Bell Canada, in appreciation of its past Chairperson of the Board, Thomas Wardrop Eadie, and in recognition of the increasingly important role of Applied Science to the quality of life in Canada. It consists of a bronze medal and a cash award of $3,000 and is offered annually if there is suitable candidate.

(2)John L. Synge Award
Deadline to apply: December 1, 2005
Nominations are sought for the John L. Synge Award of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities. This award is given for outstanding research in any of the branches of the mathematical sciences. The award consists of a diploma plus a $2,500 bursary and is awarded at irregular intervals if there is a suitable candidate. In cases where there are two or more strong candidates, some preference is given to those age is not over forty in the year of the award.

[Read more about the Thomas W. Eadie Medal and John L. Synge Award...]

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Past Events

Orientation Week 2005

Week of September 5 - 9
Anthony Stracuzzi, Western Engineering Head Soph 2005, worked with other members of the UES to plan a jam-packed Orientation Week for first-year engineering students. The group planned everything from BBQ's to a welcome from the Dean to a Hummer Pull in support of Shinerama.
[Click here to view pictures from Orientation Week 2005...]

New faculty, staff and graduate student BBQ

Tuesday, September 6
New faculty, staff and graduate students had the opportunity to meet their new colleagues at a welcome BBQ held at the Grad Club.
[Click here to view pictures from the BBQ...]

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Western Engineering welcomes:

Rachelle Devereux Career Services Coordinator
Paul Kurowski Assistant Professor, Dean's Office
Quazi Rahman Assistant Professor, Dean's Office
Jon Southen Assistant Professor, Dean's Office
Ann Tsirgielis Academic Counsellor, Undergraduate Services

Outstanding Contribution Award for Western Engineering former Dean

Dr. Mohan Mathur, former Dean of Western Engineering (1987-1999), currently the President of UNENE (University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering), has received an Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS). Dr. Mathur received this award for his countless contributions to CNS.  Under Dr. Mathur’s guidance as founding President, UNENE is contributing to the long-term viability of the CNADU industry.

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Also from this web page:


.:Allison Stevenson
Spencer Engineering Building, Room 2074
Telephone: (519) 850-2917 Fax: (519) 661-3808