Industrial Engineering

Engineering team helps local cutting tools company optimize operations

What began as a redesign of a particular fixture at a local cutting tools manufacturing shop quickly evolved into a complete overhaul of the plant’s layout in order to improve its efficiency. And it all happened thanks to a federal government program aimed at helping small businesses, and the know-how of a group of UWindsor engineering researchers.

Lean manufacturing subject of seminar

Three speakers drawn from industry will headline the inaugural session of the Lean Manufacturing Seminar Series, Friday, February 1, on the UWindsor campus.

The Windsor-Essex chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario presents “Learn to Leverage Lean” at 10 a.m. in Vanier Hall’s Winclare A room. The event features:

Study abroad participants enjoy cultural and academic exchange

Professors at the University of Windsor are very supportive, says Mattheus Zanivan. Here on a one-year study abroad experience, the Brazilian engineering student attributes his academic success to their help.

“They knew I was having difficulty working in English and were very patient with me,” says Zanivan, one of six study abroad participants to make the dean’s list in their respective programs last semester.

He says he enjoys the way courses are taught in Canada, with assignments, tutorials and labs spread through the term, rather than dependent on a final examination.

Professor named fellow of Canadian Academy for Engineering

UWindsor professor Waguih ElMaraghy, head of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, was inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy for Engineering during a ceremony June 21 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

The academy honoured Dr. ElMaraghy for his industrial work on the development of the award-winning bi-level GO commuter coaches, as well as his record of accomplishment in engineering education and research.

Engineering student wins international poster prize at teaching and learning conference

A project promoting experiential learning as a way to help students master manufacturing theory took top honours at a poster competition at the University of Windsor-Oakland University Teaching and Learning Conference in Rochester, Michigan.

Victoria Townsend, a doctoral student of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, tied with a faculty team from Oakland University to win the Dr. Wilbert J. McKeachie International Poster Prize for her poster, Road Trip! Building Meaningful Memories in an Experiential Continuum.

“Age of Variation” comes to life in new engineering building

Throughout history, eras have been characterized by the types of materials, machines and technology we’ve created: The Iron Age. The Industrial Revolution. The Information Age.

In the complex world of product manufacturing, a UWindsor engineering professor believes we’ve already entered a new era.

Ontario engineers honour professor for 20 years of volunteer service

Professional Engineers of Ontario recognized UWindsor professor Waguih ElMaraghy for 20 years of volunteer service last week.

20-year pinThe association awards volunteers who have served on its council, chapters and committees a pin and certificate of appreciation based on milestone years of service.

Engineering students win recognition for optimizing micro-brewery

Faster than some people can sip a pint of beer, a group of UWindsor industrial engineering students were redesigning the production line of a Halifax microbrewery to help cut its costs.

Christina Asuncion, Maria Marin, David Impens and Abdulqader Alsobaihi took silver-medal honours at the Institute of Industrial Engineers Student Conference, January 21 at Dalhousie University, for their case study into Garrison Brewing, which produces craft beers.

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.

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.