News and Events

Volume 2 - Edition 1
Summer Edition 2005

Engineering honours its top members

The Faculty of Engineering recognized some of its best Thursday, June 16 at the Annual Engineering Faculty & Staff Awards Dinner at the West Haven Golf & Country Club.

Presentations were made to: Dr. Hugo de Lasa, Mr. Tim Hunt, Mrs. Kathy Lesko, Ms. Nina Lowes, and Dr. Douglas Shinozaki to celebrate their twenty-five years’ service.

Other awards included: Mrs. Kathy Lesko, recipient of the Engineering Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement by at Staff Member; Dr. Jeffrey Wood, recipient of the R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching; and Dr. Cedric Briens, recipient of Engineering Award for Excellence in Research.

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Nina Lowes grins from ear to ear as she is recognized for twenty-five years' service.

New educational partnership with Mexico

The University of Western Ontario and the Universitad Autonoma de Zacatecas (Zacatecas, Mexico) signed a Letter of Intent regarding the establishment of the Institute of Advances Studies Canada-Mexico (Instituto de Estudios Avanzados Canada-Mexico) during a special "Canada Day (Dia de Canada)" May 12, 2005 in Zacatecas.

The Letter of Intent has been co-signed by Alfredo Femat Banuelos, Rector of the University of Zacatecas; Amalia Garcia Medina,  Governor of the State of Zacatecas; Ted Hewitt, Vice President (Research), The University of Western Ontario; Franco Berruti, Dean of Engineering, The University of Western Ontario; and Nicolas Sabourin, representative of the Canadian Ambassador to Mexico .

The primary objectives of the Institute include: the creation of an effective framework of academic collaboration and research between Canada and Mexico; the development of collaborative research areas of strategic importance to both Countries; the contribution to the training of PhD graduate researchers and University professors; and the promotion, through scientific research, of the implementation of alternative clean energy and novel environmental technologies. 

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Who are "WE?"

This edition of Who are "WE?" profiles Garret Book, a Western Engineering Accelerated Masters and Co-op student. Garret is Western Engineering's first Accelerated Masters student to also complete an Industry Internship. 

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Who are "WE?" is featured in Engineering Now on a bi-monthly basis.  The next set of profiles will appear in the September edition.

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Awards & Accomplishments


de Lasa receives international recognition

Western Engineering Professor Hugo de Lasa has been a key figure in furthering the understanding of the science and technology of chemical reactors, especially in pursuit of environmentally friendly process. His continuous dedication has earned international recognition over the years.  Most recently, de Lasa has been recognized by the Universitad Autonoma de Zacatecas (Mexico) and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

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IEEE imagine the wallets of our future

Imagine boarding the City bus and pressing send on your mobile device.  Your bus pass was approved; instantly you take your seat.  Imagine walking up to the sales counter and purchasing your new television and surround sound system by pressing send on your cell phone.  Your Interac or credit card transaction was approved; instantly you’re enjoying your new home theatre.  Imagine standing in line at the dance club downtown.  Using only your cell phone you send your identification to the door employee; instantly you are inside. This ambitious concept, dubbed SecureCell, was presented by Western Engineering’s IEEE team at this year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup. 

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Western Engineering grad students help make Let's Talk Science a success

Let's Talk Science strives to improve Science literacy through leadership, innovative educational programs, research and advocacy. They motivate and empower youth to use science, technology and engineering to develop critical skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to thrive in our world.

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Formula SAE raced to 3rd place in Canada

Western’s Formula SAE team participated in the 2005 FSAE event   in Pontiac, Michigan May 18 –22, 2005.  This was the 11th consecutive year the team has competed. 

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Graduate Student Teaching Award

The Society of Graduate Students, the Graduate Teaching Assistants Union, and the Faculty of Graduate Studies have awarded Faheem Ahmed with a Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Ahmed is a grad student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, studying under Dr. L. Capretz.

American Institute of Steel Construction Award

Four members of ASCE were recognized with awards by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) April 6, 2005.  Among those honoured was Western Engineering’s Alan G. Davenport for his contributions to wind engineering and design.

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Best Paper at the IEE International Conference on Communications
Abdallah Shami, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, along with Xiofeng Bai, Western Engineering Electrical and Computer PhD student; Nasir Ghani, Tennessee Technical University; and Chadi Assi, Concordia University received recognition at the Optical Networking Track at the IEEE International Conference on Communications for their paper titled, "A Hybrid Granting Algorithm for QoS Support in Ethernet Passive Optical Networks."

The paper was selected as one of the best five papers at the conference held in Seoul May 16 - 20, 2005.

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'Three Little Pigs' project has windstorm in sights

Business Edge News Magazine has featured an article on their Web site regarding  the Three Little Pigs project, lead by Western structural engineering professor Michael Bartlett.

The article explains the project and highlights the ties between The University of Western Ontario and the United Kingdom.

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Engineering leads BioOil Research

Western's Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering have signed an agreement with Vancouver-based DynaMotive Energy Systems Corporation to initiate research on the gasification of BioOil.

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Ontario Research Fund's Research Excellence (ORF-RE) program

The ORF-RE program is a four-year, $217 million fund to promote excellence in Ontario by supporting leading-edge research, developing research talent and encouraging partnerships between research institutions and business.

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The Leading Edge Fund - Draft call for proposals

The Leading Edge Fund (LEF) will enable institutions to build on and enhance already successful and productive initiatives supported by past CFI investments, and thereby secure and further enhance highly competitive research or technology development efforts.

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New Initiatives Fund - Draft call for proposals

The New Initiatives Fund seeks to support infrastructure initiatives in which the CFI has not previously invested and that enable institutions and their partners to develop their capacity in promising areas of research and technology development, as well as to improve their research competitiveness and international leadership.  Application due dates TBD.

For more information, contact Hesham El Naggar.

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Upcoming Events


PHYSMOD 2005 – International Workshop on Physical Modelling of Flow and Dispersion Phenomena
August 24 - 26
Spencer Engineering Building

This series of workshops, sponsored by Lakes Environmental and Western Engineering, focuses on the physical modelling of flow and dispersion and so presents an ideal forum for experimentalists to discuss their latest results, new measurement techniques and methods of analysis.  The workshop is held in memory of the late Robert Macdonald, University of Waterloo.  For more information, please visit or contact Eric Savory .

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Past Events


Pfizer Canada/Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Discovery Days
Friday, May 13

Since 2001, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) has partnered with Pfizer Canada and medical universities across Canada to present Pfizer Canada Discovery Days. These exciting one-day events allow high school students an opportunity to explore careers in health sciences, including engineering. 

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Monday, June 6

A record breaking 152 people golfed for a goal Monday, June 6 at the 10th Annual Engineering Golf Day.  Faculty, staff, students and industry partners enjoyed a fun day of golf while raising money for Western Engineering’s student group, Discovery Western at Pine Knot Golf & Country Club. 

The organizing committee reported $3414 was raised for Discovery Western through the Closest to the Pin, the Putting Contest and the Silent Auction. 

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Mini Baja and SunStang unveil their 2005 vehicles
June 2005

Today’s Western Engineering students continue to be highly ambitious. Every year, the Mega Project teams (including Flying Mustangs, Formula SAE, Mini Baja and SunStang) design and build a vehicle from scratch and participate in competitions around the world. 

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Spring Graduating Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, June 15

The Spring Graduating Awards Ceremony took place June 15, 2005, prior to the Engineering graduation ceremony.  The awards ceremony publicly recognized the academic achievements of some of Engineering’s top students.  

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Serving up engineering automation
Friday, June 24

When Western Mechanical and Materials Engineering Professor Michael Naish tells his students to ‘put a cork in it,’ he means it. 

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Photo Gallery

Golf 2005

Annual Engineering Faculty & Staff Awards Dinner

Discovery Days

SunStang vehicle unveiling

Mini Baja vehicle unveiling

Spring Graduating Awards Ceremony

Serving up engineering automation

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Recent gift announcements

Western’s Gift Planning team is pleased to announce two recent gifts that will affect the Faculty of Engineering.

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New staff members

Jean Wordley has joined the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering as the Undergraduate Assistant.  Jean has been working on campus for the past year in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.  She has held a number of contractual positions, including providing undergraduate support in the Department of English and working as a secretary in the Dean’s Office of Arts and Humanities. 

Please help welcome Jean to Western Engineering.  Stop by the CBE Department Office or send her an email to

Jane Alan has also recently joined the Faculty of Engineering.  She will be working in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as the Undergraduate Assistant, covering Rachel Dekker’s maternity leave from June 30, 2005—June 30, 2006.  Jane joins Western Engineering from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she worked in Graduate Orthodontics. 

Please help welcome Jane to Western Engineering.  Stop by the ECE Department Office or send her an email to

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Discovery Grants (formerly known as Reserach Grants) applications

Notification of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant (Form 180) and the required appendices must be submitted by the new deadline date of August 1, 2005. You can access this form by using NSERC's OnLine Services  For more information, contact Glenda Ogilvie.

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