Hoda ElMaraghy with studentsEngineering professor Hoda ElMaraghy (right) with students in the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Centre.

Engineering professor elected to Royal Society of Canada

Hailing her as a “world leader in manufacturing systems,” the Royal Society of Canada announced Tuesday its election of UWindsor engineering professor Hoda ElMaraghy as a fellow.

“Distinguished scholars and artists are elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada on the basis of their exceptional contributions to Canadian intellectual life,” said the society’s president, Chad Gaffield. “Your election is a telling recognition of your remarkable accomplishments and an invitation to further the leadership you have already shown in advancing knowledge and scholarship in Canada.”

Dr. ElMaraghy, a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering, is director of the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Centre and held the Canada Research Chair in Manufacturing Systems for 14 years.

She said she is pleased by her election to the Applied Sciences and Engineering Division of the Academy of Science.

“I am delighted to join this distinguished group of scholars and look forward to contributing to the important work of the RSC Academy,” ElMaraghy said.

The society cited her pioneering research and publications in naming her the “pre-eminent scholar of manufacturing systems research” in Canada and internationally.

“Her inspiring research opened up new research fields in Co-Evolution and Co-Development of Products and Manufacturing Systems using principles of Natural Evolution,” the citation reads. “Her vast contributions to modern manufacturing systems paradigms, flexibility and changeability changed the way they are designed and operated.”

UWindsor vice-president, research and innovation, K.W. Michael Siu, expressed appreciation for this recognition accorded ElMaraghy: “Induction as a Fellow is among the most prestigious accolades conferred upon Canadian scholars and Dr. ElMaraghy is a trail-blazer and is certainly a most deserving recipient.”

ElMaraghy will be inducted in a ceremony November 16 in Halifax during the society’s Celebration of Excellence and Engagement.

Students and a panda mascot pose with bags of litter.Students and a panda mascot take pride in their clean-up along the Detroit River shoreline in this image provided by Kathy Nguyen of World Wildlife Fund Canada.

Program promises to get students back to nature and back to school

A partnership with World Wildlife Fund Canada will engage UWindsor students on issues of sustainability and the protection of nature, says the University’s environmental sustainability advocate.

Living Planet @ Campus is returning to University of Windsor and expanding to other college and university campuses across the country. The national program aims to enhance a culture of sustainability and promote the protection of nature by engaging post-secondary students in meaningful actions.

It was developed in partnership with University of Windsor along with 11 other post-secondary institutions, says Tanya Basok, a professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, and will provide students with opportunities to lead change during their campus experience.

“The partnership with WWF Living Planet @ Campus has been extremely beneficial to the UWindsor students,” she says.

Last year, she worked with the program to recruit student volunteers to remove litter along the riverfront, and seven UWindsor students travelled to Toronto in March to present their idea to advance sustainability at the fund’s Designing Change for a Living Planet meeting.

Isaac Tomlinson, a graduate of the environmental studies program, called the Toronto meeting an amazing experience.

“It was great to be able to network with like-minded people from different and similar fields as well as professionals and the amazing WWF staff,” he said. “I learned more than I could have hoped to and was able to flex many skills including presenting, presentation making, team work, time management, and networking.”

Program participants receive digital tools to track their impact and connect with peers, guides on leading such activities as awareness campaigns and habitat restoration, and funding opportunities for conservation projects. They may earn certification as a Living Planet Leader, demonstrating their skills and experience to move the needle on sustainability.

To learn more, contact Dr. Basok at sustainability@uwindsor.ca.

Rob Janisse models some of the swag at stake in the alumni field goal contest.Rob Janisse, co-ordinator of special projects for the alumni office, models some of the swag at stake in the alumni field goal contest.

Prize pack at stake in placekicking contest

A series of prizes from the University of Windsor Alumni Association awaits the contestant in its field goal challenge, part of the halftime festivities during the Lancer football game on Saturday, September 29.

The promotion is part of a campaign encouraging alumni and friends to update their contact information, and to attend events during Alumni Weekend.

One contestant drawn at random will win two complimentary tickets to the football game as well as the chance to kick field goals for prizes — two Lancer all-sport passes, a hoodie, and a pack of alumni swag that includes a folding chair, umbrella, toque, scarf, barbecue lighter, USB drive, sunglasses, water bottle, Frisbee, deck of playing cards, and more.

The Alumni Weekend game will see the Lancers host the Toronto Varsity Blues on Alumni Field; kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Entries for the field goal contest are due by Sunday, September 23. Find the full contest rules and an online registration form on the alumni website.

Sanam ZistiChemistry student Sanam Zisti eats a piece of pizza she got free during Vendor Fair, outside the student centre on Wednesday.

Fair introduces students to local and national businesses

Students ate free pizza, played games, and learned about products and services available to them through local and national businesses Wednesday during Vendor Fair, organized by the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance.

The annual event brings companies to campus to showcase their wares. Besides restaurants, participants included financial services and mobile phone providers, who handed out promotional gear and sales information.

Chemistry major Sanam Zisti said she enjoyed the fair.

“I love free pizza, as you can see, maybe a little too much,” she said as she finished off a slice at a table adjacent to the hubbub.

The event continues today — September 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Courtyard between Dillon and Memorial halls.