DailyNews Issue for Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014

Team projects cap engineering student careers

Shahab Tran, George Kyrtsakas and Sheldon Tracey pose with solar panel array.Students Shahab Tran, George Kyrtsakas and Sheldon Tracey show off their fourth-year capstone design project: a wireless monitoring system for solar panels.

Automation and communication were the order of the day Monday, as fourth-year students of electrical and computer engineering presented their capstone projects in the Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Among the projects were a device that can open or close a garage door from across the globe, a smart door that can respond to the presence of visitors, and a wireless monitoring system for solar panels.

The last could prove a boon to green energy production, say team members George Kyrtsakas, Sheldon Tracey and Shahab Tran. Their system reads data from individual panels and sends daily notification on the results, alerting management to any deficiencies.

“The advantage of our system is that it can determine which unit is underperforming,” says Kyrtsakas. “That allows the technician to identify the problem more efficiently.”

Their prototype draws operating power from the solar array and communicates wirelessly through e-mail as well as a graphing function updated at 15-minute intervals. According to Tracey, there remains room for improvement and the group will hand off the project to a new team next year.

“The difference with the capstone project is that we really applied our learning to a real-world situation,” he says. “There are so many different ways to approach the challenge, and live testing is the only way to find out what problems will arise.”

Graduating students in other engineering disciplines will present their capstone projects on Friday, August 1. Room 1100, Centre for Engineering Innovation, will host students in the mechanical, automotive and materials programs from 8:40 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students in civil and environmental engineering will present across the hall in room 1102 starting at 9 a.m.

See a full list of Friday’s presentations.

Professor’s art to inform Chinese notions of Canadian landscape

The Xi’an Art MuseumThe Xi’an Art Museum will host exhibit two works by UWindsor professor emeritus Iain Baxter& as part of a show on Canadian landscape art.

Canadian art has changed since the Group of Seven, and a gallery in the ancient Chinese city of Xi’an hopes a UWindsor visual arts professor emeritus can help give an update.

Iain Baxter& is heading to China this weekend to participate in the group exhibition “Transformation of Canadian Landscape Art” at the Xi’an Art Museum. He will recreate his Television Works: 10, 2014 and One Canada video work.

The museum’s director, Yang Chao, called Baxter&’s work “important for showing the diverse narratives of contemporary Canadian perspectives and uses of landscapes.”

He says the curators have chosen contemporary artists who have used the language of landscape to create significant works.

Baxter& is a conceptual artist who integrates photography, installation, sculpture, painting, drawing and performing aspects into his work. An officer of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the Order of British Columbia, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he is also a finalist for the 2014 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

Watch Baxter& and his partner Louise Chance-Baxter discuss their piece One Canada:

Sidewalk sale makes splash in the sun

Jacqueline Mellish picks out a sweatshirtResidence life coordinator Jacqueline Mellish picks out a sweatshirt during the Campus Bookstore’s sidewalk sale Wednesday.

The new Campus Bookstore is a big improvement, said shoppers checking out the merchandise during its sidewalk sale Wednesday.

“The space is open and airy,” said Lori D’Andrea. “It’s beautiful.”

She and her husband Claudio D’Andrea (BA 1986) were looking for some UWindsor apparel to send away with their daughter. Just completed studies at Windsor Law, she will be heading to Toronto soon to begin articling.

“We just want her to have a reminder of home,” said Claudio D’Andrea.

Jacqueline Mellish, residence life coordinator for Macdonald and Electa halls, purchased a couple of shirts to show her Lancer pride and promised to direct students to the store.

“They have a lot of nice items here I think our students will appreciate,” she said.

Bookstore marketing coordinator Martin Deck said the sale did a brisk business.

“We are very pleased with our first week in our new home,” he said. “We’re enjoying sort of a soft launch before the start of fall semester.”

Tip-off Classic a test for Lancer men’s basketball

An exhibition game against the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Mastodons will provide a pre-season test for the Lancer men’s basketball team, says head coach Chris Oliver.

“The early competition will be the first game for many of our newcomers,” he says. “However, it will also be the first game for many veteran players in new roles as we re-define our team after graduating three impactful players.”

Last season was the last for fifth-year Lancers Josh Collins, Enrico Diloreto and Lien Phillip.

The 10th annual NCAA/OUA Tip-Off Classic is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 13, at the St. Denis Centre. Tickets for the event will be available at the door for $5.

The Mastodons are coming off a 25-11 season, the best in program history. Read the full story, “Lancers host IPFW in annual Tip-off Classic,” at goLancers.ca.

Civic Holiday to close campus Monday

CAW Student CentreThe University of Windsor will close Monday for the Civic Holiday.

Most UWindsor offices, including both campus libraries, will close Monday, August 4, in observance of the Civic Holiday.

The CAW Student Centre will close at 10 p.m. Sunday, August 3, and re-open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5.