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Mechanical, Automotive & Materials Engineering

Presentations measure progress of engineering student projects

The west African state of Ghana has a booming lumber industry that produces a troublesome waste product – sawdust.

“They have to burn it just to get rid of it all,” says Muhammad Ahsan Pasha. “But what if it could be turned into fuel?”

Pasha leads a group of fourth-year mechanical engineering students working to make that dream come true. His team – Emma Ayieko, Vipandeep Benipal and Sukhjit Sandhu – presented the progress on their capstone project, designing a generator powered by biogas from sawdust, as part of a daylong series Friday.

Halifax delegation praises engineering facilities and faculty

A degree completion program allowing engineering students from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to finish their educations in Windsor represents a great collaborative partnership, says Saint Mary’s dean of science, Steven Smith.

“It will give our students a much broader range of options than they already have,” he said Tuesday. “Windsor has incredible programs with fantastic faculty and facilities.”

Business project introduces engineering students to the big picture

Putting together business plans gives his students an appreciation of “the big picture,” says industrial and manufacturing systems engineering professor Zbigniew Pasek.

“Hopefully, it helps them to understand their profession requires communication and collaboration skills,” he said.

Students in his second-year course, Engineering Management and Globalization, presented their projects in a business plan competition Thursday, judged by students from the Centre for Enterprise and Law.

History of books subject of mini-conference Tuesday

Students in history professor Leslie Howsam’s graduate course “Studies in the History of the Book” will present their research in a series of free public lectures on Tuesday, November 29, with the support of the Humanities Research Group.

The mini-conference begins at 10 a.m. in Alumni Hall’s McPherson Lounge with Dr. Howsam’s introductory remarks on Mediation and Materiality: Aspects of the History of the Book.”

Engineering students learn value of teamwork through catapult design contest

When Aaron Blata graduates from engineering school he says he’d like to make a career of retrofitting old buildings.

“Either that or demolishing them,” said the Civil and Environmental engineering student.

His destructive streak might easily be explained by the fact that he spent about 100 hours this semester building a model of an ancient device used by medieval warriors to smash the walls of fortified cities during long sieges.

Grad student trying to squeeze more energy from solar panels

Looking out over the rows and rows of solar panels that line the roof of the Tecumseh Arena, Frank Iakovidis sees a lot of untapped potential.

While it’s true the more than 2,000 panels there provide almost 600 megawatt hours of electricity to the generating grid, the master’s student of engineering thinks there’s a whole lot more energy to be had, if he could only find a way to cool them down in the summer and prevent snow from building up on them during the winter.