Engineering Now .: Volume 4 - Edition 1 .: September 2007

Berruti steps down as Engineering dean

Dean Franco Berruti

Already a prolific researcher, Berruti plans to capitalize on the current opportunities in the research environment for the development of fuels and chemicals from renewable and non-conventional resources, such as biomass and tar sands. (more)

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Boris Jackman, BESc ’72 to receive L.S. Lauchland Award at Homecoming
    Boris Jackman, BESc ’72 will be presented with the L.S. Lauchland Award at the Homecoming Engineering Alumni Party at Chancey Smith’s on Saturday, September 29 at 6:00 p.m. Jackman, Executive Vice-President, Downstream is accountable for the establishment and achievement of all Downstream business objectives of Petro-Canada. He joined Petro-Canada in 1993 as Vice-President, Western Region. In 1996, he was appointed Vice-President, Central Region, and in 1998, Executive Vice-President. (more)

  • Distinguished Speaker Award for Chemical Engineering professors
    Chemical Engineering professors Amarjeet Bassi, Ajay Ray and Sohrab Rohani will be honored by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers at the annual meeting CHEMCON 2007 and Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Kolkata, December 27-30, 2007. They will be awarded with the Distinguished Speaker Award in recognition of their contributions to the chemical engineering profession. Each award carries a medal, an honorarium and a citation.

  • Western Engineering’s Big Beam Team brings home big results from the 2007 PCI Engineering Design Competition
    Western Engineering students Shahria Alam, Salah El-Fitiany, Mohammad Siddique, and Tom Greenough, with the guidance of Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Maged Youssef and Civil and Environmental Engineering technician Wilbert Logan, competed in the 2007 PCI Engineering Design Competition (Big Beam Contest). The team placed second in the international zone category, awarding them a cash prize of $625 US. (more)

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  • Two Western Engineering professors receive CRC appointments
    The latest round of Canada Research Chairs were announced Thursday, September 13, 2007.  Two Western Engineering professors were named as CRCs: Cynthia Dunning (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) and Xianbin Wang (Electrical & Computer Engineering).  (more)

  • Society of Graduate Studies profiles Ervin Sejdic Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical Engineering
    After completing his BESc at Western, and transferring into the PhD program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western, Ervin Sejdic's passion for his research has become firmly rooted in his desire to improve the quality of life for all Canadians. (more)

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  • Western Engineering welcomes Karen McDonald, Part-time Administrative Assistant in University Machine Services
    Karen brings many years of administrative and customer service experience to this role. Her most recent position was at Dofasco Automotive in Woodstock as a Customer Service Representative. She worked for many years in various secretarial and parts sales roles with Timberjack Inc. She also has experience as an Internet Graphic Designer for the County of Oxford. Karen received her Internet Graphic Design Diploma from Westervelt College in 2002.

    Karen will be supporting Peter Drexler and Bob Stuart in UMS. She will be located just inside the UMS main doors.

  • Western Engineering welcomes Becky Blue, Communications Officer (Engineering)
    Becky will work with Western Engineering's Dean's Office for roughly 9 - 10 months while Allison Stevenson is on maternity leave. Becky holds an honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Western and a graduate degree from Western’s Masters of Journalism (MA) program. During her studies, she was a media relations intern in the Department of Communications and Public Affairs at Western. She has since been working in Journalism, most recently as a Teaching Assistant.

    Allison's maternity leave will begin Friday, October 12.

  • Are you a parent of a girl in grades 7 – 10? If so, register your child for Go ENG Girl today!
    GO ENG Girl 2007, a day-long event promoting engineering as a caring profession to girls in Grades 7 – 10, will take place Saturday, October 13 in the Spencer Engineering Building. Fun hands-on activities, information sessions for parents, and engineering student exhibits are all part of the day. Advance registration is required, so register your daughter today! For more information or to register for this free event, visit or contact Sue Chapman at

  • Attention First Year Students - Are you not sure where to look for the resources available on Campus to help you with your studies?
    Try the following links:
    Undergraduate Services, Engineering:

    Centre for New Students:

    Student Development Services:
    *Writing Support Centre:
    *Learning Skills Services:

    Student Health Services

    You can also contact Brigitte Heddle in Undergraduate Services, Room SEB 2097 or by email:

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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

  • Orientation Week
    Tuesday, September 4 - Friday, September 7

  • Epic Pull
    Saturday, September 8

  • SunStang Unveiling
    Monday, September 24

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