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Sep 21st, 2023
Engineering professor Arezoo Emadi in labEngineering professor Arezoo Emadi has received a federal Discovery grant to fund her research project “A new approach in extending the boundaries of autonomous early detection using a novel micromachined resonator.”

Federal funding fuels exploration at the frontiers of discovery

Fourteen UWindsor researchers in the faculties of science and engineering have received nearly $2.5 million in 2023 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery grants.

“Federal funding awarded through the NSERC Discovery program provides critical support to our researchers who are pursuing ground-breaking research at the frontiers of science and engineering,” said Shanthi Johnson, vice-president, research and innovation.

“Discovery grants are vital to our research ecosystem, allowing our faculty to explore the most pressing challenges in their fields while supporting the capacity and talent pipeline of the scientists and engineers in training.”

Funded research projects include the health of the Great Lakes, studying border traffic using machine learning, green energy sources, and early mammalian development with grants ranging from $32,000 to $51,000 per year for five years.

Sep 13th, 2023
Annalise Gignac and Suhaib MouallaAnnalise Gignac and Suhaib Moualla are the 2023 recipients of the Liburdi Engineering Mentorship Awards.

Scholarships recognize student mentors in engineering

Excellent academic performance and a desire to mentor and tutor earned notice for third-year engineering majors Annalise Gignac and Suhaib Moualla.

The annual Liburdi Engineering Mentorship Award, established in 2020 by the WinOne Office for First-Year Engineering and funded by materials engineering alumnus Joseph Liburdi (BASc 1967), provides $10,000 to support two-senior-level undergraduate students who excel academically and express an interest in mentoring other engineering students.

The Liburdi scholars lead the WinOne tutorial program, which provides peer tutoring support for all first- and second-year core courses. They onboard 10 WinOne tutors each semester for one full year, assist with promoting the WinOne tutorials to first-year students, and schedule weekly tutoring sessions and exam review sessions for all tutors — including themselves. In addition to academic support, the tutors mentor students about topics such as program selection, co-operative education, and senior project selection.

Sep 13th, 2023
Jennifer Johrendt, Nievae Centurione, Elisha GiangElevate students showcased research they have been working on all summer. From left: associate dean Jennifer Johrendt, mechanical engineering student Nievae Centurione, electrical and computer engineering major Elisha Giang.

Internships elevate engineering student research

The first cohort of Elevate interns showed off the results of their summer research projects in poster presentations before the start of the fall semester.

Elevate scholarships, a new program by dean of engineering Bill Van Heyst, afford opportunities to students from equity-deserving groups: those who identify as Black, female, non-binary, or Indigenous. Along with a $5,000 award, they offer research positions working directly with faculty in the summer following the completion of first year.

Thirty-two students participated this year.

Sep 13th, 2023
Mahsa Jalali and Ailin BarzegarMahsa Jalali and Ailin Barzegar are the newest graduate teaching and learning fellows in the Faculty of Engineering.

Fellows to lead development of graduate and teaching assistants

The latest cohort of Graduate Teaching and Learning Fellows, Mahsa Jalali and Ailin Barzegar in the Faculty of Engineering, will facilitate professional development opportunities and mentorship for graduate and teaching assistants.

The program, supported by individual faculties and the Centre for Teaching and Learning, aims to improve the pedagogical knowledge, skills, abilities of GAs and TAs, as well as the student experience overall.

Sep 13th, 2023
crowd of students and instructorsFirst-year engineering students in the cornerstone design course displayed their projects and competed for cash prizes.

Design course tests engineering student skills

The Centre for Engineering Innovation atrium filled Aug. 4 with engineering students and faculty as first-year students of “cornerstone design” displayed their efforts and competed for cash prizes.

The mandatory course tasks students with designing, programming, and building a product to address a real-world issue. Solutions ranged from a sustainable greenhouse to an electromagnetic brake system, a sensor-augmented white cane, or an autonomous vehicle.

Harshan Bharat, Bruce Ye, and Vikashan Vivekanathan took the task to heart and created something off the beaten path. They found that white canes used by the visually impaired haven’t changed as much as other medical-related technology.

Jul 31st, 2023
woman working on computerUWindsor students will train in an automotive cybersecurity platform developed by Keysight Technologies.

Centre secures platform to test automotive cybersecurity

SHIELD Automotive Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence at the University of Windsor and Keysight Technologies have teamed up for automotive cybersecurity training with the Keysight SA8710A Automotive Cybersecurity Penetration Test Platform.

SHIELD is dedicated to advancing and developing automotive cybersecurity solutions by training engineering and computer science students to ensure vehicles are safe and secure. Keysight is a manufacturer of electronics test and measurement equipment.

With a commitment by the federal government to make all vehicles sold electric by 2035, there is a push to ensure those vehicles are safe, as their hyper-connections makes them vulnerable to cybersecurity threats.

Jul 31st, 2023
a professor lectures in front of an engineering classA workshop on Python and Machine Learning drew university and high school students to the Faculty of Engineering.

Workshop showcases advances in machine learning

The Faculty of Engineering and the Windsor chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) partnered for a two-day workshop on Python and Machine Learning for university and high school students.

Attendees explored several hot topics like the application of Machine Learning in Real-World Scenarios, algorithms, and hands-on project development. At the end of the workshop, the students toured the Machine Learning lab that showcases engineering student innovations.

Jul 31st, 2023
exterior, Centre for Engineering InnovationThe campus community is invited to a presentation today on “Experiences Delivering Infrastructure to Canadian Indigenous Communities.”

Infrastructure in Indigenous communities subject of presentation

Students in professor Lindsay Miller-Branovacki’s class “Engineering and Society” will share with interested members of the University community the chance to hear from Cory Jones of Neegan Burnside Indigenous Engineering and Environment consulting company.

Jones will present via MS Teams on “Experiences Delivering Infrastructure to Canadian Indigenous Communities.”

Jones is Anishnaabe from the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and has spent the last 25 years at Neegan Burnside working with Indigenous communities on projects from wastewater treatment to renewable energy.

Jul 31st, 2023
a line of conferfees standing outdoorsThe Engineering to Adapt symposium discussed challenges and solutions to responsible living.

Sustainable solutions subject of symposium

The Engineering to Adapt symposium, held June 22 and 23 at the University of Windsor, brought together stakeholders, enthusiasts, and experts from academia, industry, and the public sector to discuss current challenges and sharpen existing solutions that advance responsible living.

The Greek letter eta signifies efficiency, as well as being the symposium’s acronym, said conference chair David Ting, a director of the Turbulence and Energy Laboratory which hosted the event.

“Engineering efficiency entails minimizing entropy generation and environmental interference and is the key to brightening tomorrow,” he said. “Our research strives to catalyze every person to engineer efficiency.”

This symposium promoted collaboration to maximize opportunities for innovation. Dean of engineering Bill Van Heyst delivered welcoming remarks, and former dean Graham Reader gave a presentation on Waste Not, Want Not that focused on rethinking problems with food waste and fast fashion.

Jul 31st, 2023
Balakumar Balasingam stands next to electric carUnlike internal combustion engines, battery power is more efficient on city road than highways, says engineering professor Balakumar Balasingam.

City driving better than highways for battery-powered vehicles, study finds

Traditional fuel-powered automobiles, powered by internal combustion engines, give higher mileage on highways than city roads.

It could be expected that a fully charged battery electric vehicle should be able to drive longer on a highway compared to the city. However, the reality is just the opposite, says a UWindsor engineering professor.