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Mar 4th, 2021

A University of Windsor automotive expert has helped craft a national report that examines trends affecting the evolution of connected and automated vehicle technologies in Canada.

Peter Frise, the university’s director of the Centre for Automotive Research and Education and former scientific director and CEO of a national automotive R&D program, was invited to participate on an expert panel assembled by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA).

The panel’s resulting report titled Choosing Canada’s Automotive Future identifies potential impacts of connected, autonomous, secure/shared, and electric (CASE) vehicles on industry, privacy and cybersecurity, urban planning, the environment and the safety and well-being of people in Canada. It was released publicly March 2.

“The automotive industry is a key part of Canada’s industrial sector and a major source of high-value employment and foreign exchange,” says Dr. Frise. “The industry is moving toward a set of new vehicle technologies, which have been dubbed CASE.”

Feb 25th, 2021

Three engineering professors have been recognized for their standout teaching performances.

Despite a challenging year and pivoting to virtual teaching due to COVID-19, the professors were recognized for enriching student learning. Recipients were honoured during UWindsor’s 15th annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence held virtually on Feb. 24. 

The celebration is jointly hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The annual event highlights the achievements and initiatives of faculty across campus who have received international, national, provincial, and cross-campus awards.

Faculty of Engineering​ recipients include:

Feb 22nd, 2021

​UWindsor researchers and their partners have received more than $1 million to deploy real-time continuous monitoring instruments into Lake Erie to better understand and predict development of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and to protect and secure drinking water in southern Ontario.  

 The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alliance grant, along with industry partner funds, were awarded to the cross-disciplinary team which includes researchers from UWindsor’s Faculties of Science and Engineeringas well as partner universities and collaborators from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada.  

“These real-time sensors are a game changer because we might be able to identify what is causing algal blooms and use that information to predict when and where they are going to happen,” says Jill Crossman, co-PI and assistant professor in the School of the Environment at UWindsor.  

HABs have serious implications for drinking water treatment. Once in the system, they can cause processes to break down and lead to service interruptions, making blooms an increasing societal concern.

Feb 11th, 2021

By Dr. William Miller

On February 14, 2021 Frank DeMarco turned 100 years old. During these 100 years he has accomplished many amazing achievements. In the establishment of Essex College, the Faculty of Applied Science and the University of Windsor, Frank Anthony DeMarco is most prominent. What follows is a short chronicle of Frank’s life that contains at least a few of his life experiences and accomplishments. It soon becomes evident that Frank could focus his amazing passion, energy, and commitment to excellence on any activity he undertook. He is truly a Man for all Seasons!

Frank’s father, Francesco (Frank) DeMarco, was born on October 2, 1878, together with his twin brother Stefano, in Podargoni, Reggio di Calabria, Calabria, in the south of Italy. He arrived in New York City on June 18, 1900 sailing from Naples, Italy aboard the S. S. Trojan Prince and later came to Canada in June 1903 where he went on to start a fruit store business in North Bay, Ontario. In November 1910 Francesco travelled back to southern Italy and arrived in his hometown village of Podargoni. Francesco met Carmela Scappatura who had been born in Podargoni on November 4, 1891.  Francesco and Carmela were married in Podargoni on February 26, 1911. They sailed from Napoli, Italy aboard the S. S. America on April 30, 1911 and arrived in New York on May 12, 1911, in transit to North Bay, Ontario. The DeMarco family had six children born in North Bay by 1919.

Feb 11th, 2021

Dr. Frank A. DeMarco, his son Dan and daughter Terry react to a speech during a lab naming ceremony in Frank’s honour on May 28, 2016 in the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Dr. Frank A. DeMarco, his son Dan and daughter Terry react to a speech during a lab naming ceremony in Frank’s honour on May 28, 2016 in the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation. Former colleagues and students, friends, UWindsor staff and members of his family donated $100,000 to the university’s engineering and science faculties in honour of Dr. DeMarco’s illustrious career.

Dr. Frank A. DeMarco has a lot to celebrate.

His illustrious career at the University of Windsor spans four decades and boasts notable roles — professor, researcher, coach, athletic director, first dean of engineering, and inaugural vice-president — that have earned him a legacy that few will ever be able to match.

He and his wife, Mary, have been married for nearly 73 years, raised 12 children and dote on 39 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He even has his own Wikipedia page.

And on Feb. 14, 2021, DeMarco will become a centenarian. 

“Your long and productive life is an inspiration to us all,” the university’s first graduating class of engineering wrote in a letter to DeMarco, congratulating their former mentor on the milestone.

“Our numbers were very small, only 25 in total, but we are impressed at how the Engineering Faculty has grown into a world class organization during the past 60 years and we recognize that this is due in large part to your efforts in the initial years. We can say for certain as we look back over the many years working in our profession, that we were well-prepared for this work by our engineering studies.”

Jan 28th, 2021

The University of Windsor will host Canada’s first organization dedicated to countering threats to the connected transportation marketplace.

The SHIELD Automotive Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence will build the skills, innovations, and policy to secure and protect connected and autonomous vehicles. Led by researchers recognized for their excellence in the automotive industry, it will partner with industry, government, and community stakeholders to respond to an emerging transportation landscape driven by connections and sensors embedded in vehicles, infrastructure, and the manufacturing supply chain.

The co-founders and co-directors — Mitra Mirhassani of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Ikjot Saini of the School of Computer Science — note that modern vehicles have more than 100 million lines of computer coding and 20 sensors transmitting wireless data, with more connecting in every new vehicle.

“Hardware and software vulnerabilities could put personal information and vehicle safety in jeopardy,” says Dr. Mirhassani. “Transportation systems are especially susceptible to attacks from malicious actors due to the complexity, implementation costs, and lifecycles of equipment and platforms.”

Jan 11th, 2021

Engineering alumnus Md Mizanur Rahman

An engineering alumnus has been featured among Canada’s top 100 professionals in a publication that highlights top tier business leaders.

Md Mizanur Rahman (MASc 2003) was recognized for nearly two decades of diverse experience as a professional engineer in Redwood Media’s Top 100 Magazine.

Rahman not only serves as president and chief executive officer of MR Engineering Limited, he is the senior structural engineer for the company headquartered in Edmonton.

“The University of Windsor played a vital role in my engineering career in Canada,” says Rahman, a civil engineering grad. “I will never forget the extraordinary guidance, mentorship, and support of Dr. Faouzi Ghrib, Dr. Nihar Biswas and Dr. Tirupati Bolisetti.”

Jan 6th, 2021

Researchers at the University of Windsor rub elbows with Nobel laureates and other great minds in a new database listing the world’s top academics in their respective disciplines.

The searchable database, developed by researchers at Stanford University, lists more than 100,000 of the most-cited academics in their fields of study. Twenty-eight current and retired UWindsor professors rank in the top two per cent of most-cited researchers in the world, including eight from the Faculty of Engineering.

“This list shows the quality and quantity of ground-breaking work being done by UWindsor researchers across the spectrum of disciplines,” said K.W. Michael Siu, UWindsor’s vice-president, research and innovation. “I’m delighted so many of our academics have been recognized in this way.”

The study, published recently in the journal Plos Biology, is based on metrics that assess the publication records and citations of more than 6.88 million academics from 1965 to 2019. The formula corrects for self-citations.

Dec 18th, 2020

Dodson is pictured above in Stoos, Switzerland.

A life-changing experience wasn’t exactly what Dustin Rivard was expecting when he embarked upon a co-op placement as a test engineer in a bearing department.

The mechanical engineering student jumped at the chance to work in Germany for a year with the Schaeffler Group, a global automotive and industrial supplier, figuring it would be a great opportunity to work and travel.

“I rave about this opportunity to every engineering student I know,” says Rivard BASc ’17. “First, I tell everyone they need to do co-op; It provides you with the connections that help you get the career you want, not to mention just giving you experience. Second, the chance to live and work in another country for a year turned into an incredible, life-changing experience.”

The Schaeffler Group co-op partnership with the University of Windsor, established in 1998 by the Faculty of Engineering’s Dr. Peter Frise, is one of many unique industrial relationships at UWindsor that offers students education that goes beyond the traditional classroom. Since its inception, more than 200 engineering, business and computer science students have ventured to the company’s German headquarters in the small town of Herzogenaurach in central Bavaria to gain 12 months of real-word experience. 

Dec 18th, 2020

Dr. Narayan Kar posing in CEI

When it comes to the motors that make electric cars go, Narayan Kar is one of the world’s leading experts. The federal government highlighted that Wednesday by naming the UWindsor engineering professor a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair holder in electrified vehicles.

The position comes with $200,000 in annual federal funding for seven years, a term renewable for an additional seven years. It provides Dr. Kar with steady funding to work on innovations that benefit the automotive industry and Canadian consumers.

“Major challenges the global automotive industry faces today related to mass adoption of electrified vehicles include purchasing cost, driving range, performance, and durability — key barriers for advancing technologies and ensuring consumer friendliness,” Kar said.

“The research under this Tier 1 Canada Research Chair program will involve multi-disciplinary collaborations among industry, academia, and government and will advance electric vehicle adoption by holistically improving performance while lowering costs.”