Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ceremony recognizes engineering faculty and staff

Several engineering faculty and staff members were honoured for their commitment to innovation, teaching and service at a ceremony on June 13.

Dr. Mehrdad Saif, the dean of engineering, handed out four awards for outstanding faculty and staff performances in research, teaching and service at the engineering faculty’s 2017 Medals of Excellence Ceremony held in the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Linda Breschuk received the staff service award for being “the silent hero and strength behind the scenes for undergraduate support.”

Breschuk, the secretary to the associate dean, academic, completed 41 years of service earlier this month.

“She is one of the most hard-working individuals in the Faculty of Engineering and deals with faculty, students and staff with sincerity, honesty and professionalism,” a nominator wrote.

Prof. Narayan Kar presents electric car research on Parliament Hill

Meeting with Members of Parliament and government officials May 17 in Ottawa was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the research driving Canadian innovation — and to highlight the University of Windsor, says engineering professor Narayan Kar.

Canada Research Chair in Electrified Transportation Systems, he was one of the presenters during the Parliament Pop-Up Research Park, a project of the Council of Ontario Universities and the Ontario Council on University Research to share their latest discoveries with federal decision-makers.

“From an education perspective, it was a huge success,” says Dr. Kar. “Our government needs to be informed as to what we are doing.”

His presentation, entitled “Will an Electric Car be Able to Travel Coast-to-Coast?” attracted interest from MPs, senators, and civil servants, but Kar’s answer to the question he posed is “yes, but…”

He says electric vehicle technology will need improvements in affordability, convenience, reliability and durability before it are a true alternative to combustion engines.

R&D investment at Ford to benefit UWindsor engineering students and faculty

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne participated in a roundtable discussion with local business leaders, educators and politicians at the University of Windsor on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Wynne attended an announcement at the Ford Essex Engine Plant with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau where the provincial government, federal government and Ford announced a $1.2-billion investment in the automaker’s Ontario operations. Part of that investment will go to the Powertrain Engineering Research and Development Centre which works in collaboration with UWindsor engineering graduate students and faculty.

Windsor Girl Guides explore science and engineering at UWindsor

Local Girl Guides added three new badges to their collection on March 11 at UWindsor’s engineering and science themed Badge Day.

More than 60 Windsor and Essex County Girl Guides, ranging from Grades 3 to 8, earned recycling, bodyworks and physics badges by completing hands-on activities in the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Engineering students promote diversity and inclusion

At UWindsor Engineering, we believe that one of the most important ingredients for creative thinking is diversity. We are committed to fostering a respectful, fair, and inclusive learning and working environment for all of our students, faculty and staff. From all of us at the Faculty of Engineering, we would like to say #YouBelong.

Women account for an average of 19 per cent of engineering students in Canada, a participation rate essentially unchanged since 2013, says Eleane Paguaga Amador, president of the Women in Engineering Club and a third-year industrial engineering major.

Technology pioneered at UWindsor aims to assist visually impaired

A UWindsor engineering professor and student have developed a personalized navigation system that has the potential to assist the visually impaired and those in low-visibility environments.

Unlike most navigation systems, which rely on a GPS satellite signal, Dr. Jalal Ahamed and Joshua Jaekel’s wearable smart device uses motion and acoustic wave sensors to detect nearby objects — the same way bats use sound waves to navigate.

UWindsorENG student to help form startup using NASA technology

A team including a University of Windsor engineering student used NASA technology designed for Mars to become the only Canadian-based team to win part of the U.S. Space Race startup challenge.

Abhishek Chakrala, a 22-year-old electrical engineering masters student, was part of a seven-member team that won a $2,500 prize in one category by using a NASA invention to track weather. The team was named a finalist in another category where it pitched an idea to make electricity using a kite in remote locations.