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Mechanical, Automotive & Materials Engineering

Kassem Bazzi, Matthew Vong, Tyler DoyleFrom left, students Kassem Bazzi, Matthew Vong and Tyler Doyle prepare to launch their trebuchet on Friday.

Trebuchet project puts student skills to the test

Engineering students were busy launching rubber balls through the industrial courtyard at the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation on Friday.

The students were taking part in an assignment for their course in dynamics, which required them to construct a trebuchet – similar to a catapult that uses counterweights to launch its projectile – out of nothing more than wood, string and pop cans.

Engineers help local start-up launch new auto suspension parts production

A brand new local company will soon launch production of an important new automotive suspension component made of composite materials, and say they couldn’t have done it in twice the time without help from the University of Windsor.

“It’s really accelerated our ability to get to market faster,” said Andrew Glover, president of Thunder Composite Technologies Ltd., which will soon begin manufacturing composite sway bars at their new facility on the South Service Drive. “We’d be months behind if we hadn’t done this.”

Vanier scholarship a recognition for grad student's work

Meet Mehrdad Shademan for the first time and it’s easy to get the impression he’s a fairly quiet, low-key type of guy. He wasn’t so mild-mannered, however, the day he found out he was the recipient of a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

“I was screaming and yelling,” he says in the graduate student office he shares with colleagues in the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation. “Everybody was pretty shocked.”

Aerospace engineering program opens up blue skies for PhD student

Since coming to the University of Windsor, Hart Honickman has taken to the skies in more ways than one.

A PhD student in Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering, he’s one of the first graduate students here to focus his studies primarily on aerospace, as the university steps up its efforts to make inroads for more academic opportunities in that sector.

As it happens, he’s also a licenced pilot, who earned his credentials to fly small planes in March of 2011 after completing 58 hours of flying time.

Acoustics expert to study “Windsor Hum”

Area residents frustrated by the mysterious humming noise that’s been disrupting their lives for the last two years may soon have some answers about its origin now that a UWindsor acoustics researcher is on the case.

“Hopefully we can find what the source is and do something to rectify it,” said Colin Novak, an engineering professor who specializes in noise, vibration and harshness, acoustic measurement, and environmental noise impact.