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May 15th, 2023
visitors listening to guide speak in engineering labTours of the Centre for Engineering Innovation showing student projects in progress were a highlight of the May 6 Engineering Academic Open House.

Academic open house welcomes visitors to Windsor Engineering

Faculty, staff, and current students welcomed prospective students and their guests at the Engineering Academic Open House on Saturday, May 6.

Visitors were provided with a brief overview of academic programs, supports, awards, and scholarships available in the Faculty of Engineering. Afterwards, prospective students mingled with current students and performed hands-on activities while parents and champions participated in a panel discussion that focused on student support services.

May 15th, 2023
room full of students paying attention to man at lecternAssociate dean of engineering for professional programs Peter Frise, right, welcomes new students to the Master of Engineering program.

Orientation welcomes new cohort of Master of Engineering students

Faculty, staff, and students welcomed more than 500 Master of Engineering (MEng) students to the University of Windsor at an orientation session Tuesday, May 2.

The day included a cricket match on the big screen, a light lunch, and presentations on academic policies, course requirements, faculty advising, immigration guidance, student rights, peer support, mentorship, and clubs and social events.

“It is great to see so many bright students coming to Windsor from around the world to earn their Master of Engineering degree,” said Peter Frise, associate dean of engineering for professional programs.

“These students worked hard to get here, with the support of their families, and we are proud that they chose the University of Windsor’s MEng program as an entree into an engineering career in Canada.”

Apr 27th, 2023
Centre for Engineering InnovationEngineering students Pegah Mansourian and Mina Zamanirafe won an award at the International Conference on Wireless and Satellite Systems for their paper on detecting attacks on automotive computer systems.

Research into vehicle computer security measures wins international notice

As the automotive industry shifts toward electric and autonomous vehicles, security is more important than ever. Research into the field by two UWindsor engineering students was honoured as best paper at the International Conference on Wireless and Satellite Systems, held in Singapore last month.

Pegah Mansourian and Mina Zamanirafe, doctoral students of computer and electrical engineering, developed machine learning software that can detect an attack on systems before they have an effect.

“We want to ensure they are safe as possible for the consumer,” says Mansourian. “If an attack was to occur while a person is driving it could be very dangerous, as the driver wouldn’t have control.”

Their paper, “Anomaly Detection for Connected Autonomous Vehicles using LSTM and Gaussian Naïve Bayes,” co-authored with engineering professor Ning Zhang, computer science professor Arunita Jaekel, and Marc Kneppers, chief security architect for Telus, telecommunications company, focuses on the development of software for the in-vehicle experience.

Apr 18th, 2023
students and faculty standing in model obstacle courseFirst-year engineering students pitted their skills in competition at the conclusion of the Cornerstone Design course.

First-year course sets cornerstone for engineering careers

A classroom in the Centre for Engineering Innovation was filled April 4 with engineering students and faculty as teams competed for bragging rights and cash to send an autonomous vehicle through an obstacle course.

The 60 teams were the initial class of “Cornerstone Design,” a mandatory first-year engineering course which tasks students with designing, programming, and building an autonomous emergency vehicle using an Arduino Elegoo Robot car kit.

The autonomous vehicles were to carry a patient on the back while undergoing an obstacle course. Students were not limited to the design of the patient carrier; the design was open-ended and had to represent how a patient would be transported.

Apr 14th, 2023
student wearing virtual reality gogglesA virtual reality lab was one of the projects demonstrated by fourth-year industrial engineering students on March 31.

Industrial engineering students demonstrate capstone projects

The capstone showcase for industrial engineering, March 31 in the Centre for Engineering Innovation, featured excellent examples of student achievement, said professor Jill Urbanic.

“The students’ hard work and quality of results were evident during the demo day. They had some great solutions to show off,” she said.

The Faculty of Engineering’s capstone design program generates student-driven solutions to real-world problems. Projects challenge fourth-year engineering students to apply the formal knowledge they’ve gained during their undergraduate studies.

Apr 12th, 2023
Tirupati Bolisetti looks at a project by student Digvijaysinh BorasiyaCivil engineering professor Tirupati Bolisetti looks at a project by student Digvijaysinh Borasiya on World Water Day.

Student researchers address world water crisis

The next time you look at a river, think of engineering students Andrew Bastable, Larissa Dushime, Celia Dycha, and Stefano Kerr.

The team studied the effects of climate change on the Petawawa River with the goal of preventing flooding by adding a hydraulic structure to monitor and control the river flow.

“The river is challenging as the widths change throughout,” Dushime said.

Her team’s research project was one of 50 posters presented by undergraduate and graduate students of civil and environmental engineering at the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation on Wednesday, March 22, to mark World Water Day.

Dean of engineering Bill Van Heyst and Chris Houser, interim vice-president of research and innovation, were guest speakers at the event.

“Climate change is here to stay, and we must adapt,” said Dr. Van Heyst. “Our challenge now is how to mitigate as much damage as possible for future generations.”

Apr 11th, 2023
Peter Frise, Bill Altenhof, Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Andrew Dowie, Jill UrbanicEngineering students attended a panel discussion on the relationship between their profession and politics. From left: Peter Frise, Bill Altenhof, Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Andrew Dowie, and moderator Jill Urbanic.

Panel discusses intersection of engineering and politics

Capstone co-ordinators invited Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Andrew Dowie to participate in a panel discussion on how politics fits into engineering.

The event was multidisciplinary with all capstone disciplines participating. The panel was made up of Bill Altenhof, a professor of mechanical, automotive and materials engineering and former member of Tecumseh town council, and Peter Frise, associate dean of professional programs, as well as Dowie, who is also a civil engineer. The panel was moderated by Jill Urbanic, a professor of mechanical, automotive and materials engineering.

Mar 21st, 2023
Nowruz table laden with traditional foodsThe Iranian student club will celebrate the Persian new year Nowruz today at 11 a.m. in the lobby of the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Celebration to ring in Persian new year

The Iranian student club will celebrate Nowruz — the Persian new year — with an event in the lobby of the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation, Tuesday, March 21, at 11 am.

Nowruz has been celebrated in conjunction with the spring equinox for over 3,000 years and means “New Day”.

Mar 3rd, 2023
computer screen displaying Applied Leadership infoAutomaker Stellantis has signed on as industry project partner for the Continuing Education leadership training and development program.

Stellantis named industry project partner for Applied Leadership Program

University of Windsor Continuing Education announced a partnership Thursday with Stellantis for the upcoming session of its Applied Leadership Program.

As the industry project partner, Stellantis will provide a case scenario to participants, along with valuable feedback on learners’ capstone presentations at the end of the program.

Jacqueline Oliva (BA 1996, B.Ed 1998), head of human resources for Stellantis Canada, said the automaker’s Windsor Assembly Plant team is pleased to partner with the University to bring a hands-on approach to problem-solving and change management.

“The automotive sector is rapidly changing as we prepare for an electric future and with that comes a significant shift in the way we manufacture vehicles,” she said. “We are looking forward to reviewing the creative solutions generated by this talented group of students and are happy to play a small role in shaping their educational experience.”

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.