Research News


Western Engineering Post-doc receives Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship
Western News | May 30, 2024
Jian Peng, a postdoctoral associate in the department of mechanical and materials engineering at Western University is one of 24 recipients of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.  
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Western Engineering students receive Best Research Award at Global Carbon Removal Challenge

Western News | May 30, 2024
Western Engineering undergraduate students received the Best Research Award at the OpenAir Carbon Removal Challenge held recently in New York. 
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Western Welcomes Canadian Academy of Engineering to Campus for Annual Conference
Western News | May 27, 2024
Western Engineering is set to host the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) for its 2024 Conference and Induction Ceremony. This event will showcase the collaborative efforts of CAE Fellows in addressing some of the most critical issues facing Canada and the world.
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Western Engineering Champions Innovations in Healthcare Research
Western News | May 21, 2024
In the pursuit of a healthier and more resilient society, Western Engineering faculty members are driving innovation to address critical healthcare challenges through cutting-edge technology and interdisciplinary collaboration.
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Engineering Health Equity:  Grant powers new frugal biomedical innovations Training Program
Western News | May 16, 2024
Engineering Health Equity will inspire solutions to global health challenges.
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Every week is harvest season in Western-designed Hybrid Farm
Western News | May 15, 2024
Net zero, zero-mile agriculture system extends berry growing season.
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Greg Kopp receives Engineering Medal in Research and Development
Western News | May 13, 2024
Western Engineering professor, Gregg Kopp has been awarded the Engineering Medal in Research and Development by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.
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Three Western Engineering professors inducted as CAE Fellows
Western News | May 8, 2024
Western Engineering professors, Joshua Pearce, Tony Straatman and Maike Luiken have been named among 49 new Fellows inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
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Weather Extremes and Adapting to an increasingly dangerous world

Western News | May 6, 2024
Tornadoes, flooding, and hail are part of a new reality for many Canadians.
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Martha Dagnew recognized as a Trailblazer in Environmental Engineering

Western News | May 6, 2024
The Faculty of Engineering at Western University is proud to celebrate the recognition of Martha Dagnew, associate professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as one of the inaugural Canadian recipients of the prestigious 3M 25 Women in Science Program.
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Campus as a Living Lab program drives sustainability through active learning
Western News | April 19, 2024
Fifteen sustainability projects on Western's campus make a big impact.
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Western Engineering PhD Candidates win President's Challenge with Mobile MRI
Western News | April 10, 2024
Western Engineering PhD Candidates Riddhi Gadre and Glen DSouza and their team, Mobile Diognostic Imaging, have been named winners of Western University's Inaugural President's Challenge
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Western Innovators Receive Early Researcher Awards
Western News | March 27, 2024
Ten Faculty Attract Provincial Funding for Projects Focused on Health, Homelessness and Climate Change.
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World Water Day:  How Western is Working to Protect Earth's Precious Resource

Western News | March 22, 2024
Friday, March 22nd marks World Water Day, an annual United Nations Observance since 1999, focusing on the Importance of Fresh Water
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Abdallah Shami receives International Recognition for Research Contributions
Western News | March 21, 2024
Abdallah Shami, an Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor at Western Engineering, has been recognized for his research contributions.
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Six New Canada Research Chairs Named at Western

Western News | March 13, 2024
Six new Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) were named at Western University. Research by new CRCs spans engineering, health sciences, music and science.
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New Study Links Placental Oxygen Levels to Fetal Brain Development
Western News | March 1, 2024
A new study links placental oxygen levels to fetal brain development.  The study, published in the high impact journal JAMA Network Open, was co-authored by researchers from Western Engineering, Faculty of Education, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and Lawson Health Research Institute.
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Funding for Western Nuclear Engergy Projects fuels a safe future
Western News | February 15, 2024
Researchers Hamidreza Abdolvand and Samantha Gateman are studying safe production and used fuel storage for small modular reactors.
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Margaret Mutumba turns advocacy into action
Western News | February 14, 2024

Director of Western's Frugal Biomedical Innovations is committed to promoting health-care equity in neglected populations.
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Western Road Salt Research Tackles "big interest" Challenge
Western News | February 9, 2024
Study of winter road salt tests multiple formuations against a variety of metals for performance, cost and harmful impacts.
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Expert Insight: How better software could save money and improve Canada's Health-care
Western News | February 7, 2024
Billions of Canadian tax dollars have been funnelled to private companies to develop proprietary medical softward.  More tax dollars were then paid to the same companies to use the software to run our medical system.
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Northern Tornadoes Project finds 2023 had fewer and milder tornadoes in Canada
Western News | February 1, 2024

Western's Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) recorded 86 tornadoes (including a fire-generated tornado) across Canada duirng the 2023 season, significantly less than the previous year's 129 - a Canadian record for the most tornadoes documented in a year.
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A Journey Across Continents: Q & A with Mubina Merchant on her International Research Expedition
Western News | January 15, 2024
For her Undergraduate Summer Research Internship (USR) program, Mubina Merchant, a dual degree Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering student, had the distinct honour of being the inaugural representative of Western Engineering's Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Program at the Translational Shoulder Research Lab at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
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Donation of $8.5 Million Strengthens Hearing Science and Innovation
Western News | December 18, 2023
A new $8.5 million donaton from global hearing implant company MED-EL will help patients by bolstering auditory research and innovations at Western University. Western matched MED-EL's gift to establish two new endowed research chairs. Dr. Sumit Agrawal and Hanif Ladak, leaders in translational hearing science, will pursue innovative hearing technology research.
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AI Engineering the Future: Advancements in Smart Cities
Western News | December 12, 2023
In recent years, the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its applications have become increasingly evident. From healthcare to education, AI systems like ChatGPT have started to redefine our approaches to various fields, and Smart Cities are no exception.
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Kibret Mequanint elected Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering
Western News | November 29, 2023
Kibret Mequanint has been elected as Fellow by the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE).
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Expert Insight: Ensuring Alberta's Oil and Gas workers have Jobs during the energy transition
Western News | November 2, 2023
Resources needed to Retrain Workers for the solar industry can be easily made available.
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New Nanomaterial may Solve long-standing Fuel Cell Issue
Western News | October 11, 2023
Tsun-Kong (T.K.)Sham, Xueliang (Andy) Sun, Ali Feizabadi and their collaborators at Western's Department of Chemistry and Western Engineering have introduced a new cobalt-modified ORR catalyst in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C.
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Joshua Pearce: Boosting Food Productivity and Power by Optimizing the Use of Sun
Western News | October 6, 2023
Western Engineering Professor Joshua Pearce is leading one of the 11 Canadian teams awarded $1Million to develop a bold idea for extending the growing season of berries.
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Summer Internship helps break New Ground in Sustainable Plastics Research
Western News | October 4, 2023
Rebecca Koshy, a fourth-year chemical and biochemical engineering student, has pioneered an innovtive solution to the plastic pollution problem by developing biodegradable bioplastics.
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Western Researchers to Probe Greeenhouse Gases at City Landfill
Western News | September 13, 2023
Institute for Earth and Space Exploration to test new methane-measurement technologies.
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Expert Insight: Agrivoltaics is the Silver Bullet Alberta's Conservatives have wished for
Western News | September 6, 2023
Placing vertical solar panels on farming land allows for energy production and higher yields.
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Gregory Kopp receives global honour for contributions to wind engineering
Western News | September 1, 2023
Northern Tornadoes Project lead researcher is this year's recipient of the Davenport Medal from the International Association for Wind Engineering. Read more

Hamid Abdolvand named Tier 2 Canada Research Chair
Western News | August 29, 2023
Western Engineering Associate Professor Hamid Abdolvand has been named Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Low-emission Energies.
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Climate-changing human activity may cause 1 billion deaths.
Western News | August 29, 2023
Aggressive energy policies needed to decrease carbon emissions and minimize loss of lives, says new study.
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Multidisciplinary initiative to track influenza, other viruses in wastewater.
Western News | August 24, 2023
Expansion of sewage surveillance projects gets funding boost from province.
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Western signs nuclear research agreement with energy consultant Kinectrics.
Western News | August 16, 2023
Collaboration to focus on energy, security and environment.
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Movie-inspired technology successfully collects hail data from eye of the storm.
Western News | August 14, 2023
Western researchers use tiny sensors to understand conditions for hailstorm growth.
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Western backs Biomedical Innovations for remote and low-resource communities.

Western News | August 4, 2023
How to do more with less. This simple solution - some would say mantra - is the driving force behind frugal innovation.
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A '4R'framework for bringing sustainable e-textiles to scale
Western News | August 3, 2023

We've been wearing textiles as clothing for more than 100,000 years. We've worn them for warmth and protection, but also as a way of sharing our personalities. But in recent times, we increasingly expect them to do quite a bit more than that".
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Western Engineering to advance technologies in Small Modular Reactors.
Western News | July 26, 2023
Western Engineering researchers are actively exploring the potential of SMRs, aiming to address the challenges associated with traditional nuclear reactors while unlocking new possibilities for safe, efficient and scalable nuclear power generation.
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Northern Hail Project creates Canada's preeminent hail detection network.
Western News | July 17, 2023
The Northern Hail Project (NHP) is back and it's beigger, which is key when the objective is tracking down record-breaking hailstones in Canada's western provinces.
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Western team creates open-source medicine autoinjector.
Western News | July 17, 2023
3-D printed devise costs one-tenth of commerical alternatives, could revolutionize health care for isolated, disadvantaged communities.
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Western students developing a low-cost, sustainable solution for diagnosing malaria.
Western News | June 15, 2023
A team affiliated with Western's Frugal Biomedical Innovations (FBI) Program is working on low-cost microscope to make diagnosing malaria cheaper and more efficient.
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Two Western professors inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Western News | June 5, 2023
Western Engineering professors Abdallah Shami and Elizabeth Gillies have been named among 55 new Fellows inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).
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Western mini-satellite to launch aboard SpaceX as second mission spreads its wings.
Western News | June 2, 2023
CSA has announced new Western-led CubeSat to track bird migration.
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Gregory Kopp wins Davenport Medal for contributions to wind engineering.
Western News | May 30, 2023
Gregory Kopp, Western Engineering professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental engineering, has been awarded the International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE) Senior Award with the Davenport Medal for his outstanding contributions to the field of wind engineering.
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Abdallah Shami recognized by IEEE Canada for industry leadership.
Western News | May 19, 2023
Western Engineering Professor Abdallah Shami has received the 2023 R.H. Tanner Industry Leadership Award from IEEE Canada. Professor Shami is being recognized for his leadership in technology transfer.
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New hemp-based biomaterial may solve global microplastic pollution crisis. Western researchers co-develop sustainable packaging substitute for a wide variety of products.
Western News | May 12, 2023
Western chemistry and engineering Professor Elizabeth Gillies, Mechanical and Materials engineering Professor Aaron Price and their research teams worked with CTK Bio Canada to develop a new biodegradable, hemp-based material that could serve as a sustainable substitute for packaging needs for a wide variety of products.
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Western tops Canadian universities in global rating program.
Western News | May 10, 2023
Western achieved top marks in the 2023 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Stars University Ratings, becoming the only Canadian university to obtain the "five stars plus" status this year, and among just twenty institutions globally.
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Western University supports Carbon Solutions to address climate change.
Western News | May 5, 2023
This week, twelve (12) Western University researchers presented their Carbon Solutions projects at an event held at the Amit Chakma Engineering Building. Carbon Solutions @ Western is a commitment from the University to fund research that aims to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and work towards a new-zero future.
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Katarina Grolinger receives Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Research.
Western News | May 3, 2023
Katarina Grolinger, an Assistant Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the 2022 recipient of the Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Research.
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Expert Insight: Shading crops with solar panels can improve farming, lower food costs and reduce emissions.
Western News | April 28, 2023
The practice of growing crops in the protected shadows of solar panels is called agrivoltaic farming. And it is happening right here in Canada.
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Western names Andy Sun as Distinguished University Professor.
Western News | April 27, 2023
Andy Sun is one of the latest recipients of Distinguished University Professorships awards, joining a select group of faculty members recognized for exceptional scholarly careers.
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Professor Han-Ping Hong honoured for excellence in research.
Western News | April 24, 2023
The 2022 recipient of the Engineering Award for Excellence in Research is Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Han-Ping Hong.
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Western reimagines the future of batteries.
Western News | March 17, 2023
Engineering researchers have been working to reimagine the future of "next-generation" batteries to solve current challenges related to energy storage.
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Western project is tornado-proofing Canadian communities.
Western News | March 9, 2023
The Northern Tornadoes Project and the WindEEE Dome are leading research into extreme weather and wind engineering.
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Western Engineering research team developing innovative solutions to help people walk - affordably
Western News | February 27, 2023
Last summer, Western Engineering student Anita So seized the opportunity of a lifetime. Though she knew her newly attained research position could fulfill some lofty ambitions, the work translated into a more meaningful purpose than she could have imagined.
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Western signs with national partners to advance collaborative research in clean energy
Western News | February 15, 2023
Western has signed a significant partnership agreement between Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) to advance collaborative research in health and environmental sciences, clean energy and nuclear safety.
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Northern Tornadoes Project confirms 117 tornadoes for Canada in 2022
Western News | February 09, 2023
Western's Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) recorded 117 tornadoes across Canada during the 2022 season, currently tying 2021 for Canada's highest-ever single season on record.
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Faculty members earn senior awards and fellowships from the Engineering Institute of Canada
Western News | February 02, 2023
Western Engineering professors Jerzy M. Floryan, Jesse (Jingxu) Zhu, Abdallah Shami, Charles (Chunbao) Exu, and Ying Zheng have received top honours from the Engineering Institute of Canada.
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Innovative joint replacement research at Western Engineering receives funding from Arthritis Society Canada
Western News | January 20, 2023
Western Engineering professor Jim Johnson has received an Ignite Research Grant from Arthritis Society Canada (ASC) to rethink how we're replacing arthritic human joints with artificial implants and what can be done to reduce their stiffness.
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Remembering Jason Gerhard
Western News | January 6, 2023
On December 31, 2022, Western Engineering professor Jason Gerhard died peacefully surrounded by his family. Gerhard joined Western Engineering in 2007 as a Canada Research Chair in Geoenvironmental Restoration Engineering and is remembered as a passionate teacher, mentor and leader in the field of environmental remediation.
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Expert insight: How to prevent a potentially fatal blow to the heart in young athletes
Western News | January 5, 2023
A routine tackle in an NFL game on January 2nd almost turned fatal when Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills was injured during a play, leading to cardiac arrest.
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Tornado researchers expand scope to study hail
Western News | January 25, 2022
The Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) is changing the way researchers investigate and predict tornadoes and mitigate their damage in Canada. As its impact continues to grow, why stop with tornadoes?
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Study aims to prevent deadly sport injury in young athletes
Western News | January 14, 2022
Grant Dickey's master’s research provides new metrics for testing baseball chest protectors and identifies the most vulnerable impact locations over the chest that may result in commotio cordis.
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Transforming waste, industrial by-products to reduce environmental impact
Western News | Jan. 11, 2022
The climate change crisis and the push for sustainable technologies are driving the work of five engineering professors and their research teams at Western’s Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR).
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Endnotes 2022: How Francis Lavigne-Theriault chased hailstone history
Western News | December 21, 2022
While not nearly the storm of the century, a servere weather event on August 1st in central Alberta produced a Canadian record-breaking hailstone. And a field team from Western's newly formed Northern Hail Project (NHP) chased it down and brought it home.
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Westen's Northern Hail Project receives over $3M to boost severe weather research
Western News | December 16, 2022
The Northern Hail Project (NHP) - the latest severe storm investigation unit at Western University - has received over $3 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NsERC) Alliance-MITACS grant to further the understanding, prediction and mitigation of damaging hail events.
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Solutions for a low-carbon future
Western News | December 14, 2022
"Agrivoltaics", using a solar panels to generate electricity on a farm still growing food, would not only contribute to more sustainable and cost-efficient farming operations, but potentially also create an additional revenue stream for farmers.
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Western Engineering receives $4 million in funding to improve urban climates
Western News | November 29, 2022
A new Western-led project, developing new tools and technologies to improve accuracy of building energy and climate models, was awarded $4 million by the Canadian government as part of efforts to achieve the country's net-zero emissions goal by 2050.
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Sustaining WindEEE's excellence entails digital transformation
Western News | November 16, 2022
Western University is at the forefront of international research into how to build structures and cities strong enough to withstand the blows.
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Chemical recycling program led by Paul Charpentier receives over $1.5M for NSERC Alliance-MITACS Accelerate project
Western News | November 2, 2022
A research project led by Western Engineering professor Paul Charpentier has been awarded $1.5 million by the National Sciences and NSERC Alliance and Mitacs Accelerate Grants Program.
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Student researchers selected for Global Undergraduate Awards
Western News | October 26, 2022
Seven Western undergraduate student researchers were named among the best in the world in the 2022 Global Undergraduate Awards.
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How Machine Learning Can Improve Cybersecurity
Western News | October 18, 2022
In an increasingly connected and digital world, the internet has become an essential aspect of daily life. Unfortunately, the dependency on the internet leaves individuals and organizations exposed to hackers with malicious intentions.
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Western expert says flooding in Pakistan is "a disaster not seen before"
Western News | September 29, 2022
Civil and Environmental Engineering professor emeritus Slobodan Simonovic shares his thoughts on some of the contributing factors to the disaster and what can be done to prevent further flooding in the future.
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Royal Society of Canada celebrates Western Scholars
Western News | September 14, 2022
Seven Western faculty members are being honoured as part of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) class of 2022. Kim Baines, Aaron Fenster, William Fisher and Adrian Owen were recently announced as RSC Fellows and Arghya Paul as Western's newest member of the RSC's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.
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Research team investigating "forever chemicals" in water systems
Western News | September 8, 2022
Researchers at Western's Institure for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) and collaborators from academia, government and industry are identiying and treating "forever chemicals" in water systems.
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Expert Insight: Canada is witnessing more thundestorm impacts than ever before
Western News | August 24, 2022
Severe thunderstorms occur in Canada every year, bringing with them large hail, damaging downburst winds, intense rainfall and tornadoes. More rare, and of even greater concern are extreme weather events - with their size, intensity or even time of year well beyond what is typically expected based on past observations.
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Western receives critical investment through CFI's Major Science Initiatives Fund
Western News | August 19, 2022
Today, the Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, recognized teh key role of research infrastructure in Canada's research enterprise by announcing more than $628M to support nineteen research infrastructure projects at fourteen institutions across the country.
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Students' field work takes them to tornado aftemath
Western News | August 15, 2022
This summer, student interns at Western's Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) had the opportunity to gain a variety of experiences in studying and analyzing tornadoes from across the country.
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Western researchers are developing a tool to detect wrist injuries sooner to prevent wrist arthritis
Western News | August 3, 2022
Emily Lalone, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering, and her team are developing a new tool to improve x-ray imaging of the wrist - the Techniquie for Effective Assessment in Radiographs of the Scapholunate Ligament (TEAR-SLL)Western University's Northern Hail Project (NHP) field team following a storm earlier this week near Markerville, Alberta.
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Open-source tech enables 3D-printed surgical table
Western News | July 18, 2022
A collaborative project between Western Engineering and Michigan Tech University was successful in building a 3D-printed, functional surgical fracture table at a fraction of what it would normally cost.
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Western Engineering research team takes part in asteroid-mining study
Western News | July 15, 2022
This summer, a group of student researchers and professors from Western University is taking part in a new project that will look at the future of asteroid mining in space.
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Western researchers receive combined $2.8M NSERC Discovery Grants
Western News | July 12, 2022
Western researchers will tackle novel appproaches to science, medicine and engineering problems with new funding from Natural Sciences and Engineerng Research Council of Canada (NSERC) worth $2.8 million.
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Big step forward in researching knee pain
Western News | July 11, 2022
Western engineering professor part of $2.3M grant testing sensors to prevent repeat knee replacements.
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Expert Insight: The cheaper we build our buildings, the more they cost after a disaster
Western News | June 17, 2022
Engineers, architects and builders can design and construct affordable new buildings that can resist tornadoes, floods and wildfires without making the buildings in bunkers. We could design earthquake-resilient buildings, but do not.
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Nine faculty members elected into Canadian Academy of Engineering
Western News | June 13, 2022
A notable nine Western Engineering faculty members hae been named among fifty-four new Fellows inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CA), effective June 13, 2022.
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New research helps "customize" cochlear implants to the individual
Western News | June 9, 2022
Individuals who suffer from profound hearing loss depend on chochlear implants to aid in having conversational speech or listening to music, and when it comes to the use of cochlear implants, there is no "one-size-fits-all" method.
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Hui Zhang earns Engineering Award of Recognition
Western News | May 27, 2022
Hui Zhang, Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is a recipient of this year's Engineering Award of Recognition.
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New Western innovation gels engineering with medicine
Western News | May 20, 2022
Western biomaterials expert Kibret Mequanint - in partnership with Malcolm Xing from the University of Manitoba - has developed the first-ever hydrophobic (water-hating) fluid, which displaces body fluids surrounding an injury allowing for near-instantaneous gelling, sealing and healing of injured tissue.
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Dr. Xianbin Wang receives Award of Excellence in Research
Western News | May 19, 2022
This year, Engineering is happy to award Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor and Director, Innovatin Centre for Information Engineerng, Xianbin Wang and his outstanding achievements in the frontiers of 5G, wireless security, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
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Ayan Sadhu Awarded Inaugural Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
Western News | May 16, 2022
Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Ayan Sadhu is the inaugural recipient of the Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. This new award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated great potential in research scholarship by virture of the exceptional quality of their contributions.
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Western Engineering researcher and alumnus honoured with Ontario Professional Engineers Award
Western News | April 25, 2022
Western Engineering researcher, Kibret Mequanint, a professor in the department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering was awarded the Engineering Medal for Research and Development for developing applications that extend engineering or natural sciences. Alumnus and President of Neegan Burnside Ltd., Cory Jones, P.Eng., BESc'97, earned the Engineering Excellence Medal, recognizing overall excellence in the practice of engineering.
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Engineering research projects among those receiving Western Strategic Grants
Western News | April 21, 2022
Western Engineering research projects are among the twenty-four change-making projects awarded grants totalling $13.3M. It's part of a unique $20M strategic priorities fund Western announced in last year's budget to support key areas of the University's Strategic Plan - Towards Western at 150.
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Western engineering partnership expands research in water treatment by freezing
Western News | April 14, 2022
Western Engineering researchers and the Core Geoscience Services Inc. (CoreGeo) team have strengthened their partnership in a project to investigate mine-impacted water treatment in the Yukon using cryopurification-water treatment by freezing.
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Severe weather experts join Western's Northern Hail Project
Western News | April 13, 2022
The Northern Hail Project (NHP) will begin researching the frozen thunderstorm-generated phenomenon this summer but work has already started for Western's Engineering's latest severe storm investigation unit with the selection of its leadership team.
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Western engineering partnership expands research in water treatment by freezing
Western News | April 14, 2022
Western Engineering researchers and the Core Geoscience Services Inc. (CoreGeo) team have strengthened their partnership in a project to investigate mine-impacted water treatment in the Yukon using cryopurification-water treatment by freezing.
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New book presents Western innovation that helps solar power work at night
Western News | April 8, 2022
A Western engineering professor has developed a way to ease stresses on the electric power system, with a smart inverter that allows solar farms to be put to work even at night.
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Expert Insight: How food waste can generate clean energy
Western News | March 29, 2022
Food waster is a growing problem in Canada and many other parts of the world - and it is only expected to get worse in the coming years. The world population is expected to grow to 9.7 billion by 2050, alongside global food demand.
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Western engineering professor and nuclear materials expert weighs in on Zaporizhzhia siege
Western News | March 7, 2022 Ukraine has a total of fifteen numlear reactors, six of which are housed in the Zaporizhzhia power plangty in engineering.
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Western researchers receive $1.25M in Federal funding
Western News | February 24, 2022
Researchers from Engineering receive half a million dollars in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

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Canadian Space Agency funds Western's effort to get more yourth into STEM
Western News | February 22, 2022 A multidisciplinary team at Western has received $400,000 from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to develop educational programming that aims to excite youth about space exploration and inspire them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
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Robotics researcher revolutionizes mushroom harvesting
Western News | February 11, 2022 Whitecrest Mushrooms teams up with Mehdrdad R. Kermani to pioneer automated picking system
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Renewable energy generates payback: Western Studies
Western News | February 2, 2022 In a northerin landscape that's often cold and dark, heat pumps can afford Ontarians one of the most environmentally friendly sources of warmth in winter and cooling in summer.
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Western-led research team tracks one-hundred (100) tornadoes in 2021
Western News | February 1, 2022 Western's University's Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) investigated four hundred (400) severe weather events in 2021, verifying one-hundred (100) tornadoes across the country in 2021.
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Varma receives 2021 IEEE PES Nari Hingorani FACTS Award
Western News | November 22, 2021
Dr. Rajiv K. Varma, Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has recently received the 2021 IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Nari Hingorani FACTS Award.
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Key to safer hockey helmetz: Mitigating for angle and 'torque' of impact
Western News | November 10, 2021
A Western Engineering team, led by Canada Research Chair Haojie Mao, ran a simulated human brain through a battery of tests and found the latest in helmet technology could be improved to withstand blows coming indirectly.
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Project to study climate effects on electric vehicle energy use
Western News | November 08, 2021
A new joint project between Western Engineering and Fanshawe Colleges Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI), in collaboration with London Hydro, is investigating household energy consumption for electric vehicles (EVs) and how weather factors affect it.
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Flood-impact map a Canadian first
Western News | November 03, 2021
Western Engineering researcher Slobodan P. Simonovic shows how and where flooding will put humans and property at risk under changing climate.
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Western Engineering awards new diversity-focused fellowship
Western News | November 01, 2021
Two doctoral candidates receive inaugural Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology Momentum Fellowship.
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Free book teaches DIY for solar energy
Western News | October 25, 2021
Western's John M. Thompson Chair in Information Technology and Innovation Joshua Pearce promotes low-cost access to sun power with free book, To Catch the Sun.
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PhD student uses grant to empower underrepresented youth in STEM
Western News | October 7, 2021
Environmental engineering PhD candidate Sadaf Mehrabi recently received an NSERC Student Ambassador grant to support the promotion of STEM to Canadian youth.
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Rasoulinezhad receives Emerging Leader award for cleantech innovation
Western News | October 5, 2021
Dr. Ramtin Rasoulinezhad MESc '17, PhD '21, and Western Engineering instructor received a 2021 Clean50 Emerging Leader award for his work in cleantech innovation, while serving as Director of Hybrid Solutions for AVL Manufacturing Inc.
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Patch could give new life to weak heart
Western News | September 30, 2021
An ultra-flexible cardiac patch, designed by professor Kibret Mequanint and his collaborators, may one day be used to restore function to a damaged heart following a cardiac arrest.
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Alumna drives design quality at LA-based luxury vehicle start-up
Western News | September 27, 2021
For Western Engineering alumna Michelle Lo, BESc/HB '15, engineering brings the spice to design. And, what better way to spice up a career in design engineering than to work for luxury electric vehicle start-up Faraday Future in Los Angeles?
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Summer research program offers experiential learning for undergrads
Western News | September 16, 2021
This past summer, 81 students participated in Western Engineering's Undergraduate Summer Research Awards program, where they had the opportunity to work with faculty members on novel research topics.
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Joshua Pearce brings open-source, sustainable tech to the fore
Western News | September 9, 2021
Joshua Pearce, the new John M. Thompson chair in information technology and innovation, has a huge passion for solar energy development and creating sustainable, shareable technology, which will be a big focus for his research projects at Western.
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Western student promotes 'shop local' with AI-enabled platform
Western News | August 30, 2021
Founded by software engineering and Ivey HBA dual degree student, Alykhan Kara, Shomigo is a digital marketplace designed to help small businesses broaden their customer base and help consumers buy local.
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Water detectives: Scientists test wastewater for signs of virus
Western News | August 17, 2021
A new international collaboration, that includes assistant professor Chris DeGroot, investigates how wastewater can be used to detect signs of an emerging virus in a population.
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Bridge-check tech among research grants
Western News | August 12, 2021
Western Engineering faculty members Ayan Sadhu and Arghya Paul are among the nine Western researchers to be granted $2.6 million in funding through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF).
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Expert insights: How to reinforce your house against hurricanes
Western News | July 29, 2021
Lead researcher for the Northern Tornadoes Project, Greg Kopp addresses how hurricane straps keep roofs on houses and can improve safety during tornadoes.
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Life-saving snake venom
Western News | July 14, 2021
Professor Kibret Mequanint and his international collaborators have found a novel use for snake venom: a body tissue;super glue; that can stop life-threatening bleeding in seconds.
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Improving antiepileptic drug delivery
Western News | July 7, 2021
Current antiepileptic drugs do not match seizure peaks, but new research from chemical and and biochemical engineering professor Kibret Mequanint is aiming to change that.
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Western student creates vaccine locator tool.
Western News | June 16, 2021
Brock Lumbard, a member of Western's Class of 2021, realized that people needed easy-to-access information on how to locate and book at local clinics while finishing his last year of studies remotely from his home in Regina.
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12 Western scientists and scholars named Canada Research Chairs
Western News | June 15, 2021
Twelve Western researchers - who delve into mysteries as deep as the human mind and as vast ast the universe itself - have been named Canada Research Chairs as they bolster their place among the top scholars and scientists in their fields.
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Western Engineering Expands Outreach to Underserved Communities
Western News | June 08, 2021
Western Engineering Outreach receives a new $120,000 grant over the next three years, provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
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El Damatty honoured for excellence in research
Western News | May 28, 2021
Civil and Environmental Professor and Department Chair Ashraf El Damatty is this years recipient of the Engineering Award for Excellence in Research
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New Tool helps 'tune' cochlear implants to improve hearing
Western News | May 27, 2021
Researchers have designed a mathematical tool to help program cochlear implants with precision for each patient's unique anatomy.
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BFC Technologies partnership works towards smart, sustainable cities
Western News | May 27, 2021
Creating sustainable cities to be resilient to the impacts of climate change is an urgent matter; one that Western Engineering researchers and their industry partners are working hard to address.
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Engineering prof named among world's top climate scientists
Western News | May 11, 2021
Professor emeritus Slobodan Simonovic, who studies flood risk and prevention, was named one of the world's 1,000 most influential climate scientists.
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Alumna creates groundbreaking medical device to control blood loss
Western News | April 06, 2021
Western Engineering alumna Asha Parekh (BESc'07, MESc'11, PhD'15) never planned on co-founding medical device company Front Line Medical Technologies, but she was willing to take the risk of transitioning to entrepreneurship and hasn't looked back since.
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An early warning system: Testing wastewater for COVID-19
Western News | April 01, 2021
Western Engineering assistant professor Chris DeGroot leads a study collecting wastewater samples from a number of strategic locations in London, Ont. and analyzed at Western's ImPaKT Facility.
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Western engineer explores 3D printing in space
Western News | March 18, 2021
Western Engineering professor Jun Yang's current project a mix of space flight and medical applications research is about perfecting artificial intelligence-enhanced methods for 3D printing in outer space.
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Online voting is here, but are we ready? Western research shows not even close
Western News | March 04, 2021
Over the past five years, software engineering professor Aleksander Essex and his team investigated Ontario's online voting practices and procedures and found numerous issues and irregularities.
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Perservance pays off for Western Space Alumnus
Western News | February 17, 2021
Western alumnus Raymond Francis serves as an engineer on NASA's science operations team for the Perseverance rover, which is set to land in Jezero crater on Mars.
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New international study extends 'lifetime' of materials used in cars and nuclear reactors
Western News | February 02, 2021
Western materials engineer Hamid Abdolvand and his collaborators discovered important factors into the deformation of metals used in automobiles and nuclear reactors, and developed new models to predict the lifetimes of these materials.
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Engineering fellowships created for Indigenous and Black doctoral students
Western News | January 18, 2021
Western is among six Ontario universities that have together created new fellowships for Indigenous and Black students pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering.
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Combined forces help combat the pain and disability of arthritis
Western News | January 14, 2021
Professor Joy MacDermid's research, done through Western's Bone and Joint Institute in collaboration with engineering professors Louis Ferreira and Emily Lalone, has received recognition from the Arthritis Society as one of its Top 10 Research Advances of 2020.
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Northern Tornadoes Project verifies 77 tornadoes in Canada for 2020
Western News | Jan. 13, 2021
Western's Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) conducted 409 investigations in 2020, verifying 77 tornadoes across Canada and increasing the verified count by a remarkable 166 per cent using advanced methods.
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Four Western faculty have been named to the Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list, including Materials Engineering professor Andy Sun.
Western News | Nov. 19, 2020
Materials engineering professor X.A. (Andy) Sun (materials science), Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Brian Feagan (clinical medicine category), biology professor Danielle Way (plant and animal science) and Ivey Business School professor Klaus Meyer (economics and business) have each been recognized for their work.
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‘Inside-the-box’ technology solves organ and vaccine transport issue
Western News | Sept. 23, 2020
Western researchers have developed a portable temperature regulating device for transporting temperature-sensitive items like organs for transplants and vaccines.
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New international partnership launches Western into space
Western News | Sept. 23, 2020
Professor Jayshri Sabarinathan and her Western Space collaborators will contribute a one-unit CubeSat to a MILOInstitute and University of Texas at El Paso flight mission.
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Research leads to re-design of transmission lines
Western News | Sept. 15, 2020
Research conducted by Professor Ashraf El Damatty and his team lead to new guides for the redesign of transmission line structures to resist downbursts and tornadoes.
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Royal Society celebrates Western scholars
Western News | Sept.8, 2020
New Royal Society of Canada honours go to Western Engineering scholars Jin Jiang and Slobodan Simonovic.
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Research touts lower-cost, longer-life battery
Western News | Aug.17, 2020
New materials engineering research led by professor Andy Sun could translate into significant real-world benefits like longer battery life for cell phones.
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Engineering researchers receive COVID-related grants
Western News | July 29, 2020
Researchers Jin Zhang and Eric Savory have received funding for partnership research projects that will help understand and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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Investment bolsters pandemic research
Western News | June 19, 2020
Nine additional research projects received university backing for their work in supporting recovery efforts for disease outbreaks, including MME prof Chris DeGroot's project.
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Floryan inducted into Canadian Academy of Engineering
Western News | June 15, 2020
Mechanical and Materials Engineering Professor Jerzy Floryan is among the 52 new Fellows inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).
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Western experts talk tornadoes:
Western News | May 29, 2020
Tornado experts Greg Kopp and Dave Sills took part in a webcast to discuss the upcoming tornado season and how to best detect tornado occurrence in Canada
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‘Cough chamber’ shows six-feet not far enough
Western News | Apr. 14, 2020
A recent Western-led study says two metres might not be far enough away if someone lets an uncovered cough loose in your direction – meaning sneeze and cough etiquette is more than a simple social nicety, but a key to stopping the spread of diseases like COVID-19.
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Engineering alumnus and professor earn Ontario Professional Engineers Awards
Western News | Apr. 9, 2020
Western Engineering alumnus and President of Zibi Canada Jeff Westeinde, BESc’89, PEng, earned the Engineering Medal for Entrepreneurship, and Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor and NSERC/UNENE Senior Industrial Research Chair Jing Jiang earned the Research and Development Medal. Both recipients will be honoured at the OPEA Gala in November 2020.
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El Naggar, MacDermid earn top scholar honours
Western News | Apr. 8, 2020
A pair of Western scholars – Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Hesham El Naggar and Physical Therapy professor Joy MacDermid – have been honoured with Distinguished University Professorships.
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Helping bend, shape needs of Western, world
Western News | Apr. 2, 2020
Earlier this month, Clayton Cook and his University Machine Services team constructed a much-need bracket for a local neurosurgeon – a device to hold a patient’s head in place during lifesaving surgery.
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Big data project lights path to energy savings
Western News | Mar. 2, 2020
Through London Hydro, Budweiser Gardens authorized an examination by Western researchers of its total energy usage as it sought to get a better handle on the real and predicted costs of different events. The team provided big-data computations that not only saved energy but helped the facility’s bottom line.
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Network unites students in disaster resiliency efforts
Western News | Mar. 10, 2020
Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Clare Robinson is the principal investigator on the Scholars Network for Building Disaster Resilient Communities project, a recently funded partnership between Western and Cuban institutions on physical and social resiliency around natural disaster management.
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Advanced Manufacturing pivots to face shields
Western News | Mar. 29, 2020
The Advanced Manufacturing Team at University Machine Services, an ancillary service based in Western Engineering, shifted its normal operations to producing face shields for health-care workers combating COVID-19.
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Future-focused network to boost industry foresight
Western News | Feb. 19, 2020
WIN 4.0 (Western’s Industry Network), led by the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, is utilizing the latest industry revolution – cyber-physical systems – to give businesses the ability to anticipate what will happen in their facilities and address problems even before they happen. Mechanical and Materials Engineering PhD student Amir Zarinchang, WIN 4.0 Associate Director Tengyuan Zhang and Longterm Technologies Services Inc. President Aaron Guo explore how digital-twin technology is improving resource and production efficiency.
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CSA grant backs Western Space rover tech
Western News | Feb. 25, 2020
Western will play a key role in humanity’s return to the Moon, thanks to a major investment by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in a university-led advancement that could represent a flagship Canadian contribution to international missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
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The Engineer’s Impact: Your inside look at faculty’s research and its effect on society
Western News | Jan. 21, 2020
In this new Q&A series, we’ll feature Western Engineering faculty members to gain a succinct overview of their research, understand its impact on society, and discover intriguing little-known facts. Our inaugural faculty member is software engineering associate professor Aleks Essex.
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Former Dean named among Order of Canada recipients
Western News | Jan. 29, 2020
Former Western Engineering Dean (1987 – 1999) and nationally renowned electrical engineer Mohan Mathur is among the latest Canadians to join the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honours. Mathur has been honoured for his leadership in the field of electrical engineering in academia and industry, as well as for efforts to enhance and expand the profession in Canada.
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Research bridges big data, infrastructure needs
Western News | Nov. 25, 2019
Western Engineering professor Ayan Sadhu is using a sensor monitoring technique to remotely collect big data in order to identify inherent structure damage in everything from vehicle/pedestrian bridges and dams to other large-scale structures, including new construction.
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Researchers recognized for high citations
Western News | Nov. 21, 2019
Mechanical and Materials Engineering lab manager Ruying Li and professor Andy Sun (Cross-Field category – two or more categories) have each been recognized for their work.
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Research extends life of rechargeable batteries
Western News | Nov. 18, 2019
Western-led research may ‘charge up’ consumers by addressing their frequent complaint that rechargeable batteries gradually hold less charge over time. The solution to longer battery life, researchers contend, may be found in adding a carbon-based layer to lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
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Research takes brewing technology to new high
Western News | Nov. 11, 2019
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering professor Lars Rehmann has partnered with a Canadian company to work on creating a hybrid yeast to be used in crafting beers made from hemp and cannabis.
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Data point way to more efficient, secure networks
Western News | Nov. 6, 2019
Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Abdallah Shami, along with his team at the Optimized Computing and Communications (OC2) lab in Western Engineering, uses a database of 450 million data points to search for patterns and anomalies that could jam telecommunications services and compromise the intermediary servers.”
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Fellowship provides platform for nano work
Western News | Nov. 6, 2019
Western Chemical & Biochemical Engineering professor Arghya Paul recently received the Wolfe-Western Fellowship At-Large for Outstanding Newly Recruited Research Scholars”
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New chair looks to ensure ‘nothing is waste’
Western News | Oct. 17, 2019
Franco Berruti’s work is all about making something out of ‘nothing.’ Biofuels from biomass. Pharmaceuticals from forestry byproducts. Soil supplements from heaps of tomato leaves. “Nothing is a waste,” said the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering professor. “Everything should be seen as a resource.”
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Western Space fueled by passion, expertise
Western News | Oct. 7, 2019
Held at the International and Graduate Affairs Building, the launch event featured recorded congratulations from the Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, whose 204 days in orbit set a record for Canadian astronauts.
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Civil and Environmental Engineering working to combat phosphorus levels in water
Western News | Oct. 4, 2019
Dagnew’s lab has received a $200,000 investment – part of $2.2 million newly awarded to 12 Western projects – through the Ontario Research Fund-Research and the Early Researcher Awards program announced Friday at the Amit Chakma Engineering Building.
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CARL revolutionizing audiology education
Western News | Sept. 30, 2019
Developed by Western Engineering graduates in consultation with the National Centre for Audiology, CARL has quickly become an invaluable tool for students and professionals in training, research and product demonstrations.
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Western Engineering welcomes three new faculty members
Western News | Sept. 13, 2019
Over the course of the summer, Western Engineering welcomed three new faculty members to its team.
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Western emerging generation among New College
Western News | Sept. 10, 2019
Two Western scholars were named among the newest members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
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New homes built upon Western research
Western News | Aug. 15, 2019
Engineering professor Greg Kopp discussed a new partnership between Doug Tarry Homes, Western and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction that will see the homebuilder incorporate two Western-led research findings into its new construction.
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Six Western projects earn CFI backing
Western News | Aug. 12, 2019
From hearing loss and brain activity, to cancer and joints, to sustainable energy and social cues, six Western-led projects, involving 10 researchers within four faculties, received more than $1 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund, Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport announced Monday in Edmonton.
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New centre takes aim at water solutions
Western News | Aug. 1, 2019
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering professor Mita Ray was named the inaugural director of the university’s new WesternWater Centre, a research group eyeing water and environmental issues.
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Researchers examine Prairie twister outbreak
Western News | July 8, 2019
Two campgrounds in ruins. Houses lifted and shifted on their foundations. Thousands of trees felled as if by a giant meteorological axe.
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Database helps put Canadian tornadoes on the map
Western News | June 13, 2019
No longer will important information about severe storms across the country – information that could save countless lives – be simply gone with the wind.
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Tornado alley childhood shaped meteorologist
Western News | June 13, 2019
David Sills still remembers the smells and sounds of that mercurial evening in July 1980.
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Tornado project expansion to deepen understanding, save lives
Western News | June 13, 2019
Western is poised to become the country’s leading authority on tornado tracking and research thanks to a major expansion of its Northern Tornadoes Project.
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Hellmuth Prize 2019 awarded to Jaffe, Sun
Western News | May 22, 2019
Education professor Peter Jaffe and Engineering professor Andy Sun have been awarded the 2019 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research.
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Five receive Frontiers research funding
Western News | May 13, 2019
Five Western researchers have been awarded more than $1.2 million in funding for interdisciplinary research, ranging from pre-term birth predictors to concussions, as part of the federal government’s New Frontiers in Research Fund, Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan announced today.
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Professor Jun Yang honoured for Excellence in Research
Western News | April 29, 2019
Each year, Western Engineering presents a faculty member with the Engineering Award for Excellence in Research to recognize their outstanding research contributions. This year’s recipient is Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor Jun Yang.
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New investment sparks next-gen battery research
Western News | April 11, 2019
“I am confident to say that Western should be No. 1 in five years for research in the field of solid-state batteries – among the top in the world,” said the Canada Research Chair in Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage.
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Designations honour wind tunnel’s significance
Western News | April 5, 2019
Western’s Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory is considered the birthplace of modern wind engineering.
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New valve gets to heart of implant issue via design
Western News | April 2, 2019
A Western researcher has teamed up with colleagues across the country to develop a next-generation heart valve that may provide patients with a safer, longer-lasting implant alternative thus greatly reducing complications after surgery, according to a new study released this week.
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Innovation puts charge in smart knee implants
Western News | January 31, 2019
Knee replacement surgery is one of the world’s most common orthopedic procedures, but those implants don’t last forever.
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Exhibit features power, beauty of tornadoes
Western News | January 9, 2019
Tornadoes carry destructive power and fearsome beauty – and a new exhibit at the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre attempts to convey both.
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Torndado Project takes a national spin
Western News | January 9, 2019
A Western-led project to discover and decode tornadoes in remote Northern Ontario has spun into a nationwide mission to identify every Canadian tornado in 2019.
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WindEE's El Damatty receives Ontario Honour 
Western News | December 4, 2018
Western Engineering professor Ashraf El Damatty has been honoured for his research in developing resilient structures that can withstand earthquakes and high winds.
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World-changing research fueled by new CRCs
Western News | November 15, 2018
Western will be home to three new Canada Research Chairs whose work will have global impact on earthquake disaster preparedness; psychology and brain science; and neuroimaging to help people with epilepsy.
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South Korea deal seals materials research with Western, Fraunhofer
Western Engineering | November 9, 2018
Western University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) at a special ceremony to launch Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research @ UNIST.
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Grant to CREATE new opportunities for students
Western News | July 25, 2018
Led by Engineering professor Jeffrey Wood, an advanced polymer composite materials and technologies team will CREATE more opportunities for the next generation of engineers thanks to $1.65-million grant from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
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Grant backs work offering tremor relief
Western News | June 24, 2018
Engineering professor Ana Luisa Trejos, Health Sciences professor Jayne Garland, along with Evan Friedman of Intronix Technologies, have received a Collaborative Health Research Projects grant to look into creating a wearable device that assists with the suppression of tremor in Parkinson’s patients.
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Salamander Foundation backs advances in environmental engineering
Western News | June 14, 2018
Western Engineering will continue to lead the charge in mitigating the effects of pollution on the environment and public health with today’s announcement of a $1-million donation from The Salamander Foundation.
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Wind tunnel officially takes its place in history
Western Engineering News | May 4, 2018
Peter King vividly recalls being a high school student and touring Western’s Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory (BLWTL) in the late 1960s. Little did he know, that spark of interest generated what would be the start of a four-decade career within one of the university’s premier facilities.
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NSERC taps two for elite national honours
Western Engineering News | April 30, 2018
Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Jason Gerhard is working with his partners at Savron, a division of Geosyntec Consultants International Inc.,
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Study uncovers historic tornado outbreak
Western News | April 25, 2018
Following an extensive ground and aerial survey led by wind engineering experts at Western, it has been determined that the tornado outbreak of June 18, 2017 in southern Québec is officially the largest recorded in the province’s history and, consequently, one of the largest ever recorded in Canada.
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Albion builds Research Park momentum in Sarnia
Western News | January 25, 2018
After Katherine Albion became Director of Commercialization at Western’s Sarnia-Lambton Research Park in 2012, tenancy ballooned to include more than 30 companies working in advanced manufacturing, water treatment, ethanol production and other clean-tech initiatives.
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Construction Corner: Will 2018 be the year Canada takes resilience seriously?
ConstructiConnect | December 29, 2017 
Greg Kopp, Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, spoke with ConstructCorner about his research on how heavy windstorms affect structures. 
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Partnership to move new plastics forward
Western News | November 23, 2017
A Western Engineering professor’s work in developing an advanced plastic could soon have the attention of the automotive and aerospace industries for its potential benefits to manufacturing upgrades.
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Work pushing wave of printable electronics
Western News | November 23, 2017
Western researcher Jun Yang is looking to push the ‘paper’ envelope when it comes to printable electronics, a rapidly growing area of research that could soon revolutionize the electronics industry.
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Civil Engineering ranked tops in Canada
Western News | November 9, 2017
Ashraf El Damatty can think of no better motivator than when the 2017 Shanghai Rankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects tapped Western’s Department of Civil Engineering No. 1 in Canada and No. 12 globally.
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Book celebrates hundred issues of certitude
Western News | November 2, 2017
It was exactly 30 years ago when Slobodan P. Simonovic published the first volume of the Water Resources Research Report, also known as the Blue Book, while at the University of Manitoba.
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UNENE's 13th annual workshop held at Bruce Power
Western News | October 13, 2017
This annual event was organized by Jin Jiang, a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western and the NSERC/UNENE Senior Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Instrumentation and Control.
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Researchers building resilience amid the roiling waters
Western News | September 14, 2017
At Western – where world class labs focus on mitigating the effects of wind, rain and flood, researchers are determined to find ways to reduce the human cost and property loss.
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Western Engineering professor Clare Robinson, Haojie Mao and Girma Bitsuamlak – Canada Research Chairs
Western News | September 7, 2017
Four Western researchers have been named Canada Research Chairs (CRC), a program which recognizes the country’s best scholars across disciplines.
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  BASF supports chair in composites materials at Western University
Western Engineering News | September 6, 2017
BASF Canada has announced its support for a proposed research chair at Western University in the area of composite materials for high volume production, especially in the automotive sector.
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At Three Little Pigs Lab, Western researchers break buildings to save them from hurricanes
CBC | September 6, 2017
Professor Greg Kopp and his team of researchers break buildings to save them from hurricanes.
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Work keeps a ‘smart’ eye on glaucoma
Western News | August 30, 2017
Western Engineering professor Aaron Price and PhD candidate Ben Holness capitalize on funding provided by the Peter Maurice Fellowship to develop 3D-printing techniques for conductive polymers used in the early detection of glaucoma.
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On July 7, Professor Slobodan Simonovic received a special prestigious award by the European Water Resources Association “for outstanding contribution to the field of water resources management” at their 10th World Water Congress in Athens, Greece. The Association is celebrating 30 years of its existence and this is only the 7th time this has been awarded.

Western Engineering welcomed four new faculty members on July 1st
Western Engineering | July 1, 2017
Dr. Ryan Willing and Dr. Haojue Mao in Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Dr. Katarina Grolinger and Dr. Pirathayini Srikantha in Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Western Engineering Professors Timothy Burkhart and Emily Lalone are part of ground breaking research at Western’s Bone and Joint Institute
Western News | June 29, 2017
Patient health may be compromised, and health costs higher, when the same kind of stabilizing plate is used in a woman’s forearm as in a man’s after a bone break.
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Professor Andy Sun announces new research partnership with Beijing battery company
Western News | June 7, 2017
MME Professor Andy Sun has partnered with The China Automotive Battery Research Institute Co. Ltd.
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Professor Clare Robinson working toward improving region’s water quality
Western News | May 25, 2017
Robinson has partnered with the City of London on a project to determine the effectiveness of stormwater management technologies.
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Professor Jim Johnson recognized for excellence in research
Western Engineering News | Apr 18, 2017
Dr. Johnson, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering is being awarded the 2016 Western Engineering Award for Excellence in Research. Dr. Johnson has been a faculty member at Western since 1998 and has made significant contributions to the Departments of Mechanical & Materials Engineering and the Department of Surgery.
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Western’s top science award goes to CBE professor Beth Gillies
Western Engineering News | April 3, 2017
The Florence Bucke Science Prize is awarded annually to a faculty member based on quality and importance of their research.
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Dr. Girma Bitsuamlak and his team are setting out to transform the way we think about wind
Western News | April, 2017
Prof. Girma Bitsuamlak and his research team are working with Canada’s fastest super­computer, the BGQ, to develop numerical models that simulate the effects of extreme microclimates on cities,
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Western Engineering professor Elizabeth Gillies has received the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship
Western News | Feb 8, 2017
The Steacie Memorial Fellowship, from NSERC, honours some of the countries outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers.
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Professor El Damatty inducted as EIC Fellow
Western News | Jan 5, 2017
The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) announced recently that Professor Ashraf El Damatty has been inducted as an EIC Fellow
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Four nab Strategic Partnership Grants
Western News | Jan 28, 2016
Four Western research projects recently shared in nearly $2 million in Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grants, the funding body announced last week.
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Researchers investigating Nipigon River Bridge failure
Western News | Mar 9, 2016
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has sought the expertise of Surface Science Western (SSW) and the Faculty of Engineering to conduct testing of the bolts from the Nipigon River Bridge. On Jan. 10, the decking on the newly built $106-million bridge lifted about 60 cm, forcing a 17-hour shutdown and closing the Trans-Canada Highway link between the east and west. One lane of the bridge has since been re-opened.
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Hellmuth celebrates elite researchers
Western News | Apr 28, 2016
Western professors John Leonard (Arts & Humanities) and Jesse Zhu (Engineering) have been awarded the 2016 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research. The honour recognizes faculty members with outstanding international reputations for their contributions in research – one of the defining hallmarks of a university. Two prizes are offered annually, one in the area broadly defined as the natural sciences and engineering, one in the social sciences and humanities.
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Western University Experts are improving Water Treatment, Protection and Management with help from SOWC
Western News | May 5, 2016
Western University’s researchers are leading the way in finding solutions to the problems related to wastewater treatment, water resource management and groundwater remediation. Western’s academic lead for SOWC’s wastewater node is George Nakhla, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.
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Influential research wins Ray recognition
Western News |June 6, 2016
Mita Ray, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, is this year’s recipient of the Engineering Award for Excellence in Research. She is being recognized for her outstanding contributions in treatment technologies for water and waste water and environmental modelling.
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El Damatty honoured by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
Western News |June 8, 2016
Professor El Damatty, Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the 2016 recipient of the CSCE Horst Leipholz Medal.
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Vinay Sharma and Andy Sun inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering
Western News |June 30, 2016
Western Engineering congratulated Vinay Sharma, CEO of London Hydro and Professor Andy Sun on their induction into the Canadian Academy of Engineering on June 27.
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Professor Xueliang (Andy) Sun named among Royal Society elite
Western News |Sept. 7, 2016
Andy Sun and seven other Western professors have been named among the nation’s top scholars in the arts, humanities and sciences by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).
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Western Research Parks named tops among peers
Western News |Sept. 29, 2016
Western Research Parks, including WindEEE and the Fraunhofer Project Centre recognized as tops among peers by receiving the 2016 Outstanding Research Park Award from the Association of University Research Parks.
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Fed investment backs new facilities, collaboration
Western News |Sept. 30, 2016
Western Engineering’s new building received an investment boost thanks to the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.
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Western Engineering Partners with Ontario Science Centre
Western News |October, 2016
Western Engineering has partnered with the OSC in the Wild Weather exhibit that will educate and empower Ontarians about severe weather. The Wild Weather exhibit which opened on October 5 will run until January 7, 2017 and features interactive exhibits, multimedia experiences, models and large scale graphics.
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10 Western Engineering Professors receive WORLDiscoveries Vanguard Innovator(s) awards
Western News |October 26, 2016
WORLDiscoveries – the technology transfer and business development office for Western, Lawson Health Research Institute and Robarts Research Institute – recently recognized local researchers who have achieved various market-readiness milestones with the 2016 Vanguard Awards.
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Western Engineering Professor Greg Kopp breaking things in the name of science
Western News |November 9, 2016
Professor Greg Kopp was recognized for his work with the Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes.
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UNENE workshop focused on cyber-security for nuclear power plants
Western News |November 11, 2016
On November, 11th, university researchers, industry experts and representatives from the Canadian nuclear industry gathered together at CANDU Energy, a subsidiary company of the Montreal-based global engineering giant, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. for the 12th Annual University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) Workshop.
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Western Engineering’s Partnership with Ontario Science Centre makes news
Western News |November 26, 2016
Outreach Programs Coordinator Joanne Moniz spoke with The Gazette about WE’s partnership on the Wild Weather exhibit.
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Four new professors set to join Western Engineering faculty in January, 2017
Western News |November 23, 2016
WE is pleased to welcome four new professors to the faculty beginning in January, 2017.
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WE professor Rajiv Varma recently introduced new technology to ‘wake up’ solar farms at night
Western News |December 13, 2016
Western Engineering and Bluewater Power came together to celebrate the culmination of a seven-year research partnership involving the utilization of solar panels at night.
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Three Western Engineering researchers tapped for NSERC Strategic Project Grants
Western News | Feb 12, 2015
Professors Hugo De Lasa, Andy Sun and Denis O’Carroll were three of 78 grant recipients announced at the University of New Brunswick on Feb. 12.
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Students celebrate research opportunities in China during Chinese New Year luncheon
Western News | Feb 24, 2015
Six of the 16 Western Engineering students who completed summer research in China during one of the past two summers celebrated Chinese New Year a few days early at a luncheon hosted by Jesse Zhu – a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Powder Technology Applications and Director of the Particle Technology Research Centre.
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Undergraduates engineer ‘smart implant’ for hip replacement patients
Western News | Mar 18, 2015
A group of four Western undergraduates are on the forefront of the latest technology to detect issues that hip replacement patients can experience with loosening caused by bone weakening – long before the best current equipment in hospitals can discover it.
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CFI backs Western effort to build safer structures
Western News | May 29, 2015
Aging structures – like bridges, roads and pipelines – that supply basic services are crumbling around us, at a considerable cost to Canadians. According to Civil & Environmental Engineering professor Timothy Newson, it’s often not just age, but the shifting ground beneath them that speeds the process.
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Western University and partners receive nearly $20M in funding for research excellence
Western News | June 18, 2015
Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute have received an extraordinary financial boost from the Government of Ontario as 20 potentially transformative projects are now being supported with more than $19 million ($19,465,828) from the Ontario Research Fund.
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Trio of scholars named to Royal Society of Canada
Western News | September 8, 2015
Three Western scholars have been named among the 87 new Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). They have been elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences.
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Vanier celebrates nation’s finest graduate students
Western News | October 8, 2015
Four Western PhD candidates have been named among 166 nationwide recipients, across all three Tri-Council Agencies, of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Each winner receives $50,000 annually for up to three years. Vanier scholars are selected based on leadership skills and high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering and/or health sciences.
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Canada not playing games with voting technology
Western News | October 22, 2015
This past summer, when Aleksander Essex attended a conference in Washington, D.C., he managed to snag a decertified American electronic voting machine, thanks to a colleague at the National Science Foundation.
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Three projects tapped for NSERC Strategic Project Grants
Western News | January 16, 2014
Projects led by Abdallah A. Shami, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Jun J. Yang, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, are among 77 scientific teams receiving more than $43 million in Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) programs. The projects are funded through the Strategic Project Grant.
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Welcome, our newest faculty member 
Western Engineering News | February 26, 2014
Lauren Flynn comes to Western continuing her exploration of novel biomaterials and tissue engineering strategies that will improve health.
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Engineering 'nightmare' may be a dream for future surgeons 
Western News | February 13, 2014
Ali Tavallaei lives 'an engineer's worst nightmare' every single day at Western. And he wouldn't have it any other way. The Biomedical Engineering PhD student's work at Western’s Robarts Research Institute involves designing and fabricating robots for image-guided surgery that can function within an MRI machine.
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Xueliang (Andy) Sun upgraded to Tier I Canada Research Chair 
Western News | March 28, 2014 
Xueliang (Andy) Sun had his Chair upgraded to Tier I Canada Research Chair in Development of Nanostructured Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion. Sun is developing nanotechnologies to address challenges in use for clean energy.
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Professor charges toward better electric vehicle battery life
Western News | March 27, 2014
While you may see a Chevrolet Volt here, or a Nissan Leaf there, the future of the electric car has a way to go when it comes to safety, cost and, especially, performance. However, Engineering professor Andy Sun may have an answer to that final challenge.
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Xueliang (Andy) Sun upgraded to Tier I Canada Research Chair
Western News | March 28, 2014
Xueliang (Andy) Sun had his Chair upgraded to Tier I Canada Research Chair in Development of Nanostructured Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion. Sun is developing nanotechnologies to address challenges in use for clean energy.
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El Damatty named Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
Western Engineering News | April 28, 2014
Ashraf El Damatty, Civil and Environmental Engineering chair, has been elected a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE). El Damatty will be presented this honour at the CSCE Annual Conference awards banquet, held at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel on May 30.
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PhD candidate taking the pressure off glaucoma diagnosis
Western News | June 5, 2014
Mansur Mulk, a PhD candidate in Biomechanical Engineering, is working to improve the standard, yet fallible, techniques used to diagnose glaucoma, the second leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world’s aging population.If successful, Mansur Mulk might not only help glaucoma sufferers retain their sight, but save health-care providers big bucks as well.
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Welcome to the Western University tornado factory
Metro London | June 9, 2014
They’re making something unusual at London’s Advanced Manufacturing Park, and it could change the world. They’re making miniature tornadoes – or, at least, something a lot like them. The experts behind Western University’s huge, hexagonal wind factory, the WindEEE Dome, took Metro on a tour Monday of a unique facility that’s already grabbing the attention of the scientific community worldwide.
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Western University facility creates mini tornadoes
Globa; News | June 10, 2014
Canada may not be as tornado-prone as our southern neighbours, but that hasn’t stopped Canadian researchers from trying to better understand one of the most destructive forces of nature.
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New wind research laboratory seeks to understand effects of storms
The Globe and Mail | June 11, 2014
Horia Hangan doesn’t hesitate when you ask him why he finds wind so fascinating. His brainchild is the newly completed Wind Engineering Energy Environment Research Institute – WindEEE – a $34-million domed laboratory that sits like a giant tortoise over the rural landscape near London, Ont.
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Research team excited about WindEEE Dome
Western Engineering News | June 13, 2014
Western University offered media a sneak peek of WindEEE (Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment) Dome, the world's first 3D wind testing chamber, on Monday, June 9. WindEEE Dome is world's first three-dimensional wind testing chamber, which allows scientists to address important scientific, economic and societal challenges related to wind, while evaluating energy potential and damage risks.
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Western student wins top prize at national 3-Minute Thesis competition
Western News | June 16, 2014
Western University biochemical engineering student Joseph Donohue has won the top prize at Canada’s National 3-Minute Thesis competition (3MT), a research communication competition where graduate students have three minutes or less to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers.
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Could Angus tornado damage been prevented?
Toronto Star | June 20, 2014
As Gregory Kopp toured tornado-ravaged homes in Angus, Ont. this week, his thoughts turned to depressingly familiar terrain. The damage could have been greatly mitigated with some simple building fixes to roofs, he says.
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Collider centre to accelerate research and development
Western News | June 23, 2014
Western’s Collider Centre for Technology Commercialization (Collider) is anticipated to be one of North America’s go-to centres for research, testing and commercialization of advanced manufacturing technology. The facility, located at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, officially opened its doors on June 23 with the help of Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario, and Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin–Middlesex–London.
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NSERC awards help Western, Canada ‘lead in the world’
Western News | June 26, 2014
Western Engineering professor Ana Luisa Trejos is a recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant. Trejos is one of more than 130 Western researchers who will share $15 million in awards from NSERC over the next five years. Trejos is working on finding solutions to musculoskeletal disorders by designing, testing and creating wearable mechatronic braces for rehabilitation of sprains, injuries and chronic conditions such as arthritis, for which it is hard to find suitable treatment.
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Margaritis inducted Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering
Western Engineering News | June 30, 2014
Argyrios (Gerry) Margaritis, professor of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, has been inducted a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). The ceremony took place on June 26 in St. John’s, in conjunction with the 2014 Annual General Meeting and Symposium.
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Western Engineering Research eNewsletter
Western Engineering | July, 2014
As Western University and Western Engineering look to realize our new strategy, "Achieving Excellence on the World Stage", we focus on strengthening our research impact and infrastructure to attract and support the best faculty members and students, as well as enhancing opportunities for interdisciplinary and collaborative research.
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Creating ‘smart,’ sustainable buildings
Western Engineering News | July 9, 2014
Western Chemical and Biochemical Engineering professor Argyrios Margaritis, along with 48 other distinguished engineers, were recently named fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). The honour was announced at the academy’s 2014 Annual General Meeting and Symposium in June.
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Margaritis named Canadian Academy of Engineering fellow
Western News | July 11, 2014
Western Chemical and Biochemical Engineering professor Argyrios Margaritis, along with 48 other distinguished engineers, were recently named fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). The honour was announced at the academy’s 2014 Annual General Meeting and Symposium in June.
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Three Western Engineering alumni develop Western’s new mobile app
Western Media Relations | August 26, 2014
Developed by London-based DivergentSoft Technolgy Group Inc., a firm owned by three Western Engineering graduates, the new WesternU Mobile app features up-to-date transit information, improved maps, detailed locations of all eateries on campus, and access to academic tools and information.
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Dibakar Mondal named Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipient
Western News | September 11, 2014
Dibakar Mondal is among seven Western graduate students named recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, each receiving $50,000 annually for up to three years. Mondal is preparing novel materials capable of bone regeneration and replacement by using bioactive polymer and calcium phosphate minerals.
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Professor looks to zero in radiation treatment
Western News | November 6, 2014
Engineering professor Kibret Mequanint, whose research focuses on the design and development of materials for biomedical applications, is working to improve something he’s developed – a hydrogel dosimeter for radiation therapy, which is a material that can measure the dose of radiation delivered to a cancer tumour.
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At Western, it’s written in the wind
The Globe and Mail | November 7, 2014
Western University has been named among Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2015. Read about the research being conducted by Western Engineering professor Horia Hangan, director of WindEEE Research Institute, on page 52.
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Striving for lifelong mobility
Western Media Relations | November 7, 2014
Western Engineering professor Jim Johnson is among the researchers of Western’s new Cluster of Research Excellence in Musculoskeletal Health.
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Western Engineering Water Research Video
Western News | November 15, 2014
Through partnering with industry, researchers at Western Engineering work with students to create real-world solutions for the management and treatment of water supplies, and the remediation of wastewater.
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Climate study offers insight into ‘skin’ of buildings
Western Engineering News | November 26, 2014
Buildings can be more environmentally friendly and able to withstand harsh climate elements, and Girma Bitsuamlak is working to see both characteristics set in stone.
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‘Groundbreaking’ research improves box culvert designs
Western Engineering News | November 26, 2014
Osama Abuhajar has received accolades for his research into improving the design guidelines of box culverts.
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Protecting renewable energy sources from electrical distribution faults
Western Engineering News | November 26, 2014
Mohammad Dadash Zadeh is investigating how to protect Ontario's renewable energy infrastructure, such as solar panels and wind turbines, from faults, which affect power generation and distribution.
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New tool will help coastal cities minimize effects of changing climate
Western Engineering News | November 26, 2014
As the damaging effects of climate change threaten urban infrastructure, economies and human health across the globe, Slobodan Simonovic is aiming to help municipalities adapt to rapidly changing conditions.
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Xu turning forestry and agricultural ‘waste’ into usable products
Western Engineering News | November 26, 2014
Charles Xu is looking to turn corporate sustainability goals into reality by assisting companies seeking new ways to produce and use environmentally friendly products.
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UNENE workshop helps match research with nuclear industry’s needs
Western Engineering News | November 27, 2014
More than 20 academic researchers, graduate students and representatives of the Canadian nuclear industry met in Toronto for the 10th annual University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) Nuclear Instrumentation and Control Workshop in October, to discuss the latest developments in instrumentation and control systems in the nuclear energy sector.
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WindEEE tour highlights Prime Minister’s whirlwind trip to London
Western News | November 27, 2014
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper chose Western’s Collider Centre for Technology Commercialization in the Advanced Manufacturing Park Monday afternoon as a backdrop for a $5.8 billion announcement of new infrastructure spending across the country, including projects here in London. After the announcement, the Prime Minister also took the opportunity to tour the WindEEE Research Institute.
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Book released by Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction describes how London is “adapt to extreme rainfall”
London Free Press | November 28, 2014
A pilot project in London that stopped basement flooding on a Sherwood Forest street for a fraction of the typical sewer-work costs is getting national recognition. London has been named one of Canada’s top 20 municipalities to “adapt to extreme rainfall,” in a book released by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.
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London Hydro Launches a New Research Lab in Partnership with Western University
London Hydro | January 24, 2013
The $1 million state-of-the-art Lab “Watts Lab for Smart Grid and Innovative DG Control Studies” is a unique model of successful collaboration between a university and a local electricity distribution utility. The initial funding provided by London Hydro for several Western research grant proposals has successfully leveraged substantial funds from various Federal and Provincial funding agencies.

Jenkyn research team receives CFI funding 
Government of Canada | January 15, 2013 
The multi-disciplinary team led by Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor Tom Jenkyn and Western researchers David Holdsworth and Trevor Birmingham received $1,342,675 to better understand how joints move under normal conditions and after therapy.
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Western Researchers Aim to Improve Wireless Networks
Western Media Relations | February 25, 2013
With the proliferation of mobile devices such as cell phones, GPS and tablets, modern society has become increasingly reliant on wireless networks. In order for wireless providers to deliver consistent, high-quality services, it is essential that they are able to monitor and understand the radio environment and network traffic.
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Charpentier, Robinson earn Strategic Project Grants 
Western News | February 11, 2013 
Western researchers Paul Charpentier and Clare Robinson have been named among 83 scientific teams at universities across the country receiving Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Project Grants.
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Cedric Briens named Scientific Director of Lignoworks
Western Engineering News | February 2, 2013
Western Engineering professor Cedric Briens has been named the Scientific Director of Lignoworks – an NSERC research network that strives to provide alternatives to fossil fuel feedstocks by creating technology platforms for lignin-based chemicals and materials.
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Berruti joins international network in biochar carbon research
Western Engineering News | March 25, 2013
Franco Berruti, Western Chemical Engineering professor and Director of the Institute of Chemical and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR), is part of a team that recently launched Biochar Carbon for Carbon Capture, a UK-Canada Research Network. Sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust, the Network’s official launch took place on in January 2013 at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
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Building safer homes
Western Engineering News | March 20, 2013
Can we make homes more resilient without adding cost? Western Engineering wind experts say yes. Research conducted at the Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes will produce the results.
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Thinking outside the bowl
Western Engineering News  | March 20, 2013
An estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to safe, affordable sanitation. Civil Engineering professor Jason Gerhard and a team from the University of Toronto are working to fix this issue.
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Research Centre Spotlight: ICFAR
Western Engineering News | March 20, 2013
The Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) at Western University is committed to being a leader in the development of technologies and processes that produce chemicals and fuels from alternative resources – with an emphasis on green engineering and environmental sustainability.
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Margaritis appointed Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
Western Engineering News | March 11, 2013
Western biochemical engineering professor Argyrios Margaritis has been appointed Associate Editor of the internationally renowned, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering.
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Zhu among best biomedical papers published in the last two years
Western Engineering News | April 24,2013
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering professor, Jesse Zhu, has been recognized by Biomedical Materials as having one of the best papers published within the last two years.
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Scientists discover how to build cheaper, more efficient fuel cells
Fuel Cell Works | May 27, 2013
Using the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron, researchers have discovered a way to create cheaper fuel cells by dividing normally expensive platinum metal into nanoparticles (or even single atoms) for use in everything from automobiles to computers. The research findings, led by Western University’s Xueliang (Andy) Sun and Tsun-Kong (T.K.) Sham, were published recently by Scientific Reports, Nature’s online, open access, multidisciplinary publication: Single-atom Catalysis Using Pt/Graphene Achieved through Atomic Layer Deposition.
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Zhu to receive the Ontario Professional Engineers Engineering Medal - Research & Development Award
Western Engineering News | August 22, 2013
Jesse Zhu, a Canada Research Chair in Powder Technology Applications and Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Western University, has been named a 2013 Ontario Professional Engineers Engineering Medal - Research & Development Award recipient.
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Simonovic continues work to develop climate change adaptation polices
Western Engineering News | August 21, 2013
Slobodan Simonovic has received $130,000 (for 18 months) from the Canada Water Network to develop a "Computerized Tool for the Development of Intensity-Duration-Frequency Curves under Climate Change."
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Funding helps Xianbin Wang CREATE opportunities in Communications Security, Privacy and Cyberethics
Western News | August 13, 2013
Western Engineering professor Xianbin Wang, a Canada Research Chair in Wireless Communications, has been named among 15 initiatives receiving a portion of $24 million in funding through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) initiative. Wang’s project, NSERC CREATE Program in Communications Security, Privacy and Cyberethics, will receive $1.65 million over six years.
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Engineering professor builds a cleaner future
Western News | September 26, 2013
Western Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Ernest Yanful is confident residents of remote African villages will be able one day to pour clean drinking water. The opening of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Institute of Sanitation and Waste Management in Ghana, in which he had a major role, is the first step toward that goal.
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Abdallah Shami leads Western team to land Samsung Global Research Outreach (GRO) Award
Western News | September 12, 2013
A Western research team, lead by Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Abdallah Shami, has won the university’s first-ever Samsung Global Research Outreach (GRO) Award, an academic research collaboration platform, held annually with a call for proposals open to the world’s leading universities.
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Momentive Specialty Chemicals and Western's Fraunhofer Project Center collaborate on automotive composites | September 4, 2013
A new collaborative agreement between Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (“Momentive Specialty Chemicals”, “MSC” or the “Company”) and the Fraunhofer Project Center for Composites Research at Western University will bring a total solutions approach to high-volume, lightweight composites for the North American automotive market.
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Engineering medical treatment
Student Awards Recipient Report | October 2013
Thanks to innovative research conducted by Jeremy Cepek, BESc’08, MESc’10, improved treatment for prostate cancer may be coming. The PhD student in Biomedical Engineering is exploring a potential therapy that could pose fewer side effects, but still control the cancer.
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WindEEE Research Symposium and Public Lecture
Western Engineering News | October 17, 2013
Over 80 wind experts from around the world attended a research symposium, public lecture and tour of Western's new WindEEE Dome on Oct. 16 and 17.
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Team looks to steel tower power against storm
Western News | October 10, 2013
Ashraf El Damatty, along with Engineering professors Eric Savory, Horia Hangan and Girma Bitsuamlak, eight graduate students and two postdocs, have initiated a research program with Hydro One to mitigate future failures of transmission line structures during those events.
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Securing wireless access to cyberspace
Western Engineering News| November 22, 2013
Almost every aspect of our daily life has been transformed by wireless technologies. From text messaging and photo posting to social networks, to online banking and cloud computing, our digital life in cyberspace is increasingly interconnected with wireless communications technologies.
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Breakthrough adds a new dimension to printing
Western News| November 21, 2013
Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor Jun Yang along with graduate student Tengyuan Zhang are developing a new approach to printing 3-D materials with easy-to-modify surfaces.
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Jin Jiang opens labs to industry partners
Western Engineering News| November 8, 2013
Throughout the month of October members of the energy sector had the opportunity to tour Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Jin Jiang’s labs in the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion.
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