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Water innovation takes centre stage

Western News | August 24, 2011
Thanks to recent investment from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), The University of Western Ontario, City of London and local industry are partnering on what will be a global-leading site for water treatment technology.
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Western teams up on unique wastewater project

Western News | February 3, 2011
The University of Western Ontario, City of London and local industry are partnering on what may be a global-leading site for water treatment technology development, commercialization, validation and testing. The International Water Excellence Centre (IWEC) looks to be a globally unique facility to provide a wastewater treatment plant for full-scale development/testing of new technologies related to wastewater treatment, nutrient recovery and energy production from municipal waste. More crucially, it will shorten the time to market for these new technologies, and provide the critical link between the private and public sectors.
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Engineering Development

Research Western Newsletter | January 2011
For Ernest Yanful, the field of engineering is more than just a profession – it is an opportunity to foster economic, environmental and human resource development that creates positive change around the world.
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Business London | January 2010 edition

Business London takes a look at five Western technologies that are ready for work, including a process to smolder liquids to clean up toxic waste; leading-edge nontechnology at work in the automotive field; engineered bio-tissue for heart repair; a machine that transforms agricultural waste into valuable bio-fuels; and a big step in the treatment of prostate cancer.
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Farming manure for megawatts

Western News | January 7, 2010
Engineering professor and Associate Dean (Academic) Amarjeet Bassi is among the researchers using Stanton Farms as a large-scale test tube. Bassi will build a greenhouse with a bio-fence of five gallon tubes filled with microalgae grown on 5,000 litres a day of effluent (treated wastewater rich in fertilizer value). The algae production process uses minimum energy – using only natural light, carbon dioxide captured from burning the methane gas, and waste effluent – to produce a high-value product, he says.

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'Slow burn' renews contaminated property

Western News | February 11, 2010
Imagine starting up your charcoal barbecue underground. Doesn't make much sense, does it? But it's the inspiration behind an innovative site remediation process created at The University of Western Ontario. Through a new Faculty of Engineering group called RESTORE (Research for Subsurface Transport and Remediation), this technology was recently patented to help clean up some of the hundreds of thousands of contaminated industrial and commercial land across North America, also known as brownfield sites.
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Rooftop garden helps with heating, drainage

Western News | July 22, 2009
The roof of the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion is taking on a greenish hue these days as flats of garden plants are assembled to help the so-called Green building live up to its name.
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Are we educating global citizens?

Western News | July 9, 2009
University of Western Ontario President Amit Chakma sees a need for the next generation of academics to educate students to become global citizens - a direction in which Western needs to go. In his first public speaking engagement since taking over the role of university president July 1, Chakma spoke to academics and graduate students at the second annual Particle Technology Research Centre Conference.
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Denis O’Carroll wins Western Green Award

Western News | April 2, 2009
Kermit the Frog once sang about how it wasn’t easy being green. But don’t tell that to Engineering professor Denis O’Carroll and a handful of Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry students – this year’s winners of the Green Awards, presented by Physical Plant & Capital Planning Services.
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Engineering to launch 'green' program

Western News | February 27, 2009
This September will be just a bit more exciting than normal for the Faculty of Engineering. Along with the opening of the newly constructed $22-million Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion, the faculty will welcome its inaugural class for the new Green Process Engineering program.
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Making throwaway water clean again

Western News | February 26, 2009
All over the world, supplies of fresh water are drying up, yet demand increases every year. Engineering professor Madhumita Ray hopes her research will offer a solution surrounding the treatment of contaminated water.
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Green building living, breathing classroom

Western News | January 15, 2009
While it may be made of steel and concrete, the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion - a.k.a the Green building - will in fact become a living and breathing entity that will present researchers with more data than they know what to do with.
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New faculty: Aid work sparked academic interest

Western News | December 24, 2009
Hanging on the wall of Clare Robinson's office at The University of Western Ontario are three pictures. The first is a calendar that shows the plains of Australia, Robinson’s home country. Next to it is a picture of a woman from Vietnam, one of the many areas of the world Robinson has visited. Beneath these is a drawing of two women in colourful dress. This picture is from Bangladesh, an area that has influenced Robinson and played a part in bringing her to Western.
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Western Engineering first to offer professional program in Green Process Engineering

Media Relations | December 18, 2009
The Faculty of Engineering at The University of Western Ontario has added an eighth program to its high quality undergraduate engineering curriculum. The new program, Green Process Engineering, starting in September 2009, will combine and integrate the fundamental principles of chemical engineering to design commercial products and processes that are safe, economical and environmentally friendly.
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Mobile water treatment hope for remote areas

Western News | October 23, 2008
From the most remote villages of Africa, to First Nations communities of northern Ontario, the need for access to safe drinking water is an urgent matter.
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Professor Slobodan P. Simonovic awarded three new grants to continue research

Engineering Now | August 2008
Slobodan P. Simonovic, a professor in Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Director, Engineering Studies for the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, has received new funding to continue his research into the impact of climate change on water resources management.
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Geotechnical Research Centre hosts first annual Symposium for NAPLs Research and Groundwater Studies

Engineering Now | June 2008
May 2008 saw the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering’s Geotechnical Research Centre host the first Symposium for NAPLs Research & Groundwater Studies (SyNRGS) at Western Engineering on May 27 and 28, 2008.
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Breakthrough pilot delivers cleaner water

Western News | April 24, 2008
The championing of a new high-efficiency wastewater treatment technology highlighted the April 18 opening of the reflagged and re-invigourated Particle Technology Research Centre (PTRC).
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O'Carroll receives $100,000 gift from the EJLB Foundation

Engineering Now | August 2007
The EJLB Foundation has recently donated $100,000 in support of Civil and Environmental Engineering professor, Denis O’Carroll’s research project entitled, Developing Innovative Groundwater Remediation Strategies.
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Radio Interviews

Slobodan Simonovic talks flood control and risk management with China Radio International

People In The Know | July 2, 2010
Professor Slobodan Simonovic from Western’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering spoke with Nigel Ballard in Beijing about flood control and risk management to help better manage water resources in China, and around the world.
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Denis O'Carroll talks groundwater remediation on CBC Radio

Thursday, July 27, 2006 | CBC Ontario Today
Professor O'Carroll explained how he makes groundwater safer through the use of technologies developed on the nanoscale during his July 27 interview on the CBC radio talk show, Ontario Today.
[listen to interview]


Brownfield Restoration: Addressing the Industrial Pollution of Urban Environments

Western YouTube Channel | March 11, 2010
Several leading Western researchers provided 15-minute Tech Talks outlining key areas of their research at the 2010 WORLDISCOVERIES research showcase held in London Ontario.
- Jason Gerhard, Canada Research Chair in Geoenvironmental Restoration Engineering.
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Western YouTube Channel | August 4, 2009
Mike DeJager, Project Manager for the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion at The University of Western Ontario, gives a tour of the Green Building as it approaches the end of construction. The $22-million facility will connect the Spencer Engineering Building with the Thompson Engineering Building and will integrate modern technology and the principles of environmental sustainability. The building will be a hands-on research and education tool for faculty, students and the university community.
[watch video]