Alumni News

Alumnus to play point in elite wheelchair basketball program

Thu, 09/15/2022 - 05:00

UWindsor alumnus David Greig (BHK 2001, MHK 2006) is making his mark on the world of wheelchair basketball.

Greig has been appointed chair of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s High Performance Committee, responsible for developing a pipeline of athletes and coaches for the U.S. Paralympic team.

“A lot of the work I do is in policy and legal,” Greig said. “I got a really good foundation for that at the University of Windsor in the sports management program.”

Greig, who is originally from Wingham, Ontario, and lived in Windsor for 12 years before moving to the United States, is co-founder of ParaSport Spokane based in Spokane, Washington, and owner of TVH Mobility Group, a company that specializes in wheelchairs and other assistive devices for people with physical disabilities.

Before being appointed head of the High Performance Committee, Greig was instrumental in helping the NWBA’s coaches’ education committee design the American Development Model, a program to help athletes realize their potential in elite competition.

Darlene Hunter, president of the NWBA’s board of directors, said Greig’s knowledge, experience, and organizational skills are assets to the organization.

“I believe that David will bring fresh perspective and passion to supporting our national teams and development pipeline which is critical to achieving international competition success and awareness for our sport.”

—Sarah Sacheli

David GreigAlumniAcademic Area: Human Kinetics

Reminder: free lunchtime concert to grace midweek

Tue, 07/19/2022 - 02:00

Singer-songwriter Allesandro Rotondi (BMus 2020, B.Ed 2022) will perform free for the campus community at noon Wednesday, July 20.

Part of the President’s Concert Series, the event promises attendees free gelato as well as music.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket at noon to the grassy area between Assumption Hall and Assumption Church — in the event of inclement weather, the concert will relocate to the student centre Commons.

Allesandro RotondiAlumniAcademic Area: Arts, Humanities and Social SciencesCreative ArtsEducation

General Motors names engineering prof a technical fellow

Tue, 07/12/2022 - 05:00

UWindsor engineering professor and alumnus Vijayakanthan Damodaran (MASc 1991, PhD 1996) was named a technical fellow by General Motors Company, a distinction highly regarded in the automotive industry.

The accolade recognizes an exceptional level of expertise, research contribution, dedication, and hard work; the requirements are rigorous, recommendations are earned, and standards must be met.

Dr. Damodaran’s technical fellowship is a result of his work in virtual thermal integration. His responsibility is to conduct critical analysis across all electric and internal combustion engine vehicles to ensure that appropriate physics and platforms are developed, implemented, and monitored during virtual thermal simulations. This would involve the integration of thermal, propulsion cooling, refrigeration, and airflow systems with controllers in the vehicle.

Damodaran attributes much of his success to the engineering program at the University of Windsor and the opportunities that Canada has provided.

“It is a tribute to our University and our professors from mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, and industrial engineering departments who taught me,” says Damodaran. “I came to University of Windsor in 1989 from India for graduate studies. The University faculty took all efforts in making me feel at home in a Canada and guided me through my Master’s and PhD programs and gave me the foundational background that enabled me to get this unique opportunity with GM.”

Damordaran is currently an adjunct associate professor in the Faculty of Engineering and is a technical fellow in virtual thermal integration, global virtual design, development, and validation at General Motors.

—Gam Macasaet

Vijayakanthan DamodaranAlumniAcademic Area: EngineeringMechanical, Automotive & Materials Engineering

UWindsor alumna elected Law Society of Ontario treasurer

Mon, 06/20/2022 - 00:10

The Law Society of Ontario has elected Windsor Law alumna Jacqueline Horvat (LLB 2001) its treasurer for the 2022-23 term.

The post is the top elected official of the body that regulates lawyers and paralegals practising in the province.

“I am honoured to be elected by my peers to this leadership role and am dedicated to working with the board to help the Law Society make decisions that are in the public interest,” Horvat said.

“I look forward to working with benchers, stakeholders, and fellow licensees to ensure that diverse points of view are taken into account in order to serve the public well.”

Horvat is a civil and commercial litigation lawyer and a founding partner of Spark Law, a firm with offices in Toronto and Windsor. Splitting her time between the two cities, Horvat is an occasional instructor and frequent guest lecturer at the UWindsor Faculty of Law. She is also involved in collaborative projects at the University, including the Reclaim Pro Bono Project which provides free legal advice and representation to victims of online harassment, impersonation, and other technology-facilitated violations.

Horvat is also the Ontario representative on the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and a member of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments.

“Jacqueline will be an excellent asset to the Law Society as treasurer,” said UWindsor dean of law Reem Bahdi. “She has a wide breadth of professional experience and long record of service to the public interest. We offer our sincere congratulations to her and to the Law Society on her election.”

Horvat was first elected to the Law Society in 2011 as a bencher, and re-elected in 2015 and 2019. She has served on numerous Law Society committees, including as chair of the technology task force and vice-chair of the strategic planning and advisory committee. She will officially take office as treasurer June 28.

—Sarah Sacheli

Jacqueline HorvatReem BahdiAlumniAcademic Area: Law

Reunion to connect science grads

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 00:40

The Faculty of Science invites all science alumni to come and celebrate the 2022 graduates on Saturday, June 25, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The open house-style event is an opportunity to welcome the recent graduates into the alumni family as well as to reconnect with other alumni and tour the newest research facilities.

The festivities will take place in the Essex Centre of Research (CORe) building on the main campus of the University of Windsor. There will be appetizers, swag, and free parking in the Assumption Hall Parking Lot - 408 Huron Church Rd.

The event is open to all new graduates and alumni of the Faculty of Science. To register, visit bit.ly/scireunite and sign up by Friday, June 17.

For more information, email sciencealumni@uwindsor.ca. The event is sponsored by the University of Windsor Alumni Association.

ConvocationAlumniAcademic Area: Science