Engineering Now .: Volume 3 - Edition 2 .: September 2006

A wet and wild Homecoming Weekend

No sun, no problem: Engineering student Imran Atcha drives the SunStang Solar car in the Homecoming parade, using battery power because of the rain. Photo by Dave Chidley, The London Free Press

Even rain couldn't damper the spirits of Western Engineering alumni as they attended the Faculty's annual Homecoming reception during the day and the Annual Alumni Dinner in the evening. At the dinner, Mr. Charles Ruigrok, BESc ’78, MESc ‘84, and Chief Executive Officer of Syncrude Canada Ltd., received the 2006 L.S. Lauchland Award. (more)

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Baja SAE Update -- Banner year last year, new name this year
    The Western SAE Mini Baja 2006 season for was an eventful one. The rules of the competition changed drastically, requiring many new designs. One of the rule changes also involved the name change of the competition. From this point forward the Western SAE Mini Baja team will be named the Western Baja SAE team to reflect the change of the competition name. (more)

  • Big Beam Contest
    The PCI Student Education Judging Committee recently announced Western Engineering won fifth place in the overall championship and first place in the international zone for the Engineering Student Design Award (Big Beam Contest). This is an excellent improvement for Western as the team placed fourth in the international zone in last year's competition. (more)

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  • Simonovic at the 3rd International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management
    Professor Simonovic from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction presented a key note presentation on September 27 at the ‘3rd International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management’ in Bochum, Germany. The Symposium was organized by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences with the support of all major international water agencies. The main theme of the symposium was ‘Reducing the Vulnerability of Societies Against Water Related Risks at the Basin Scale.’ Dr. Simonovic talked about an innovative methodology for integrating objective and subjective risks in flood management.

  • Opportunities for Canadian Researchers in Singapore's Science and Engineering R&D Network
    Singapore has embarked on an ambitious research and innovation strategy and is backing up its plans with significant funding commitments. There are tremendous opportunities for Canadian research institutes, universities, or the private sector to leverage on Singapore’s research infrastructure and manpower. If you are looking for a committed research partner who has access to considerable funding and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, you might want to consider Singapore. (more)

  • MITACS -- Call for Networking Proposals
    The MITACS Network of Centres of Excellence hereby solicits proposals for scientific networking events (workshops, conferences, summer schools, short courses etc) that involve applications of the mathematical sciences to areas having a significant industrial, economic or social impact on Canada.

    MITACS accepts networking proposals three times annually, on February 1, June 1, and October 1 of each year. Proposers are *strongly* encouraged to discuss their ideas with the MITACS Associate Scientific Director ( as early as possible, preferably at least three weeks prior to submitting a proposal. MITACS may also consider proposals submitted outside these deadlines, as funding permits. (more)

  • Water Science News -- Summer 2006 Newsletter
    Water Science News replaces the newsletter News from NWRI and includes items of interest from Environment Canada's new Water Science and Technology Directorate. In this issue:
    *How important is Federal Science
    * Water across Canada; Building a Canadian water monitoring network
    *Communicating Science: Recent Publications
    Click here for the Summer 2006 newsletter

  • Important research information for faculty members...

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  • Western Engineering welcomes...
    Christina MacDonald to the Dean's Office. Christina joined Western Engineering September 25 as the Coordinator of Faculty and Staff Relations. Christina comes to us from The Richard Ivey School of Business where she was the HR Faculty Coordinator.

  • 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)

  • Opportunity to teach
    The Internationally Trained Individuals Program through the Ministry of training, Colleges and Universities are running modules for New Canadians. One of the modules for engineers is Engineering Terminology. The London Unemployment Help Centre is looking for volunteers that would enjoy trying their hand at teaching.

    Email if you are interested in this opportunity.

  • Vivian Feng, Research & Instructional Services Librarian, resumes office hours
    Thursdays 1:00-2:00 in SEB 2083
    Thursdays 2:30-3:30 in TEB Reception Area on the 2nd Floor

  • ITS Fall Computer Courses
    ITS computer courses being offered during the Fall term (October-December) are listed online at 

  • TechAlliance Entrepreneur Boot Camp
    Register today for the Entrpreneur1.0: the ultimate business boot camp. Presented by TechAlliance Venture Services and sponsored by the Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Richard Ivey School of Business, E1.0 will help participants understand key issues surrounding planning for the success of a start-up or early stage company. For more information, please contact Carmen Gicante.

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    Past Events

  • Orientation Week 2006
    Week of September 4

  • Jump for a Cure
    September 6

  • Western Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series
    September 14 & September 28

  • Anti-poverty advocate speaks at Western
    September 26

  • Homecoming 2006
    Weekend of September 30 - October 1

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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

  • Also from this web page:


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