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Feb 9th, 2023
people in meeting roomAn information session held by Boeing to promote co-op education in aerospace attracted more than 50 students.

Session promotes co-op opportunities in aerospace industry

An information session held Jan. 23 by Boeing, one of Canada’s largest aerospace manufacturers, offered UWindsor engineering students the chance to learn about experiential learning opportunities at the company’s manufacturing facility in Winnipeg.

Phil Weissgaerber, an industrial engineer manager at Boeing, hosted the event in partnership with the office of co-operative education and workplace partnerships to recruit student talent and promote co-op placement opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in industrial or mechanical engineering. This was Weissgaerber’s first time visiting the UWindsor campus and touring the faculty of engineering.

Feb 2nd, 2023
Waguih ElMaraghyAn Ontario Volunteer Service Award honours professor Waguih ElMaraghy’s 30 years of service to Professional Engineers Ontario.

Volunteer work wins notice for engineering prof

UWindsor engineering professor Waguih ElMaraghy has received an Ontario Volunteer Service Award, nominated by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) for his 30 years of service to the organization.

“Waguih has had an incredibly fruitful career which has been dedicated to his profession, his students, and our faculty,” says dean of engineering Bill Van Heyst. “Waguih’s legacy of volunteering can be seen through his work with the PEO where he has promoted to his utmost the high professional values associated with our sector.”

The award recognizes Dr. ElMaraghy’s continued contributions to engineering and engineering education. He is the chair of the Academic Requirements Committee, which advises PEO on academic matters relating to admission procedures and assesses applicants’ qualifications.

Jan 27th, 2023
group in classroomPeter Frise, right, welcomes new students in the Master of Engineering program to the University of Windsor.

Orientation session welcomes Master of Engineering students

Faculty, staff, and students welcomed more than 650 Master of Engineering (MEng) students at the 2023 Winter Orientation on Wednesday, Jan 4.

The session included a movie and sports event highlights with popcorn, a light lunch, the presentations themselves, and campus tours.

“It was exciting and fun to see so many enthusiastic new students attend the in-person orientation,” says Dr. Peter Frise, associate dean for professional programs. “The event filled all three of the big lecture theatres in the CEI and was a great success.”

Along with Dr. Frise, the welcome group included:

Jan 24th, 2023
playing cardsA euchre tournament and bingo games are features of a fundraiser Jan. 27 for the UWindsor Concrete Canoe Team.

Games night to support concrete canoe competitors

A night of fun and games Friday, Jan. 27, will raise funds for the UWindsor Concrete Canoe Team in its quest to join the Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition in May.

The event promises unlimited bingo and a euchre tournament. Bingo winners will receive prizes and the top euchre team will earn half the total profits drawn from the $5 admission fee.

The team will also have snacks and drinks available for purchase.

“This will be a fun night to play games with friends, so bring lots of them,” says vice-president social Noor Hasan. “We especially encourage euchre players to bring a partner.”

Jan 18th, 2023

Justin Trudeau sitting in discussion with students

Electric vehicle lab draws prime ministerial visit

The University of Windsor’s Centre for Hybrid Automotive Research and Green Energy (CHARGE) lab hosted Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday.

Trudeau was greeted by University of Windsor president Robert Gordon, vice-president research and innovation Chris Houser, dean of engineering Bill Van Heyst, and professor Narayan Kar, Canada Research Chair in Electrified Vehicles.

After a tour of the facility, Trudeau took part in a roundtable discussion with engineering students and faculty from the CHARGE Lab. Students discussed their fields of study and answered the visitor’s questions about their research.

Jan 16th, 2023
truck, train, airplane, shipA mini-conference Friday, Jan. 20, will bring together international experts to discuss the potential for a carbon-free transport corridor from Montreal to Chicago.

Conference to consider carbon-free transport

Are we ready for long-haul electrified trucking?

A mini-conference Friday, Jan. 20, will discuss the potential to create a carbon-free transport corridor from Montreal to Chicago.

Organized by civil and environmental engineering professors Rupp Carriveau and Hanna Maoh, the event will bring together international experts to consider the vehicles, energy, and critical infrastructure needed.

They will share early results from research on the impact transport electrification has had on fleet owners, fueling stations, power grids, and businesses.

Speakers include:

Jan 13th, 2023

Miniature robots

Researchers focus on driver distraction in automated vehicles

With cars doing a lot of the thinking for us these days, a pair of UWindsor researchers have launched a $319,000 study to assess how drivers use automation when behind the wheel.

Kinesiology professor Francesco Biondi and engineering professor Balakumar Balasingam are conducting a real-world study of advanced driver assistance systems. They’ve recruited a small army of research subjects to drive their lab’s recently purchased Tesla Model 3 on Hwy. 401 from Windsor to Chatham and back. The researchers will compare driver behaviour when the vehicle is in the manual driving mode and when it is in Tesla’s partially automated “autopilot” mode.

Dec 21st, 2022
Hoda ElMaraghy invested with the Order of Canada by Mary SimonUWindsor engineering professor Hoda ElMaraghy is invested with the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen. Mary Simon during a Dec. 14 ceremony. Photo by Sgt Mathieu St-Amour, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2022.

Professor invested in Order of Canada

Engineering professor Hoda ElMaraghy was officially invested with the Order of Canada by Mary Simon, the Governor General of Canada, during a ceremony Dec. 14 at Rideau Hall.

Dr. ElMaraghy’s appointment was one of 114 originally announced in November 2020, with ceremonies deferred due to the pandemic.

A citation noted ElMaraghy’s contributions to the field of mechanical engineering, especially her work in advancing manufacturing systems in Canada and abroad. She is director of the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Centre and was the first female dean of engineering in Canada.

Dec 14th, 2022
Farshid BazmiFarshid Bazmi’s method for diagnosing helicopter engine faults won a gold medal in the aerospace category at the Seoul International Invention Fair.

Research into helicopter engine safety earns award for engineers

A team based at the University of Windsor was awarded a gold medal for its research into improving the reliability and safety of helicopter engines at the Seoul International Invention Fair.

Farshid Bazmi, a postdoctoral fellow in mechanical engineering, professor Afshin Rahimi, and industry partner Moein Foroud of AviationTech Solutions, proposed a new method of diagnosing fouling faults in turboshaft engines.

“Fouling is caused by the adhesion of fine materials to the compressor blades, which changes the shape and function of the airfoil,” Dr. Bazmi said. “Our model-based method aims to increase accuracy and speed at the simulation of compressor performance in off-design situations.

“Our method promises more reliability, higher precision, power assurance, higher efficiency, and reduced risk.”

Dec 12th, 2022
moulded customized wheelchair seatA three-dimensional scan of a customized mould will be used to manufacture a child’s wheelchair seat in a process developed by UWindsor engineering students.

Student project earns accessibility award

A project that can reduce the time and cost of designing individualized seats for children’s wheelchairs has earned a team of engineering students an award from the Office of Human Rights, Equity, and Accessibility.

The students — Luka Mlinarevic, Pavneet Sarao, Alea McLellan, Jasmine Bull, and Saifaldin Abdelhamid — took on the capstone project “Develop a Rapid, Robust, Low-Cost Solution for Specialty Wheelchair Seat Design and Manufacturing” under professor Colin Novak. Their solution has the potential to reduce production time to three or four weeks rather than the current six to eight months.

Bull says she hopes their process will find broader application “so that everybody can enjoy day-to-day life and it’s all accessible to everyone.”

The group has been honoured with an award for contributions to enhance accessibility.

Watch a video on their achievement: