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Sep 12th, 2022
Eric Pillon, Jake Blythe, and Zachary Azar
UWindsor engineering students Eric Pillon, Jake Blythe, and Zachary Azar helped the Hiram Walker distillery customize software to monitor its production lines.


Student project applies automotive solution to distillery production

Hiram Walker & Sons faced a challenge on its production line, and a team of UWindsor engineering students helped develop a solution.

The problem was that the distillery’s managers and operators were unable to properly monitor production. If the line stopped at any particular point, adjacent operators did not know why, because they were unable to see over walls or through machines.

The company’s production manager had seen software used in other industries to address these challenges and wondered whether it could apply in his plant.

Enter electrical and computer engineering students Jake Blythe, Zachary Azar, and Eric Pillon. Blythe had worked a co-op placement at Hiram Walker and suggested this venture to his classmates as their fourth-year capstone project.

Under the direction of professor Rashid Rashidzadeh, the team licensed software typically used in the automotive sector and refashioned it to meet the needs of distillery production.

The new application enables managers, supervisors, and line operators to see different functions along the line. Managers might see up-to-date and historical data from their offices without having to go out to the line to see what the problem is. Line operators now can determine issues in real-time.




Sep 8th, 2022
Photo of Ford Mustang Mach-E

Researcher teams up with Ford to build a better brake rotor

A UWindsor engineering professor has joined forces with Ford Motor Co. of Canada and auto parts manufacturer NUCAP Industries on a $1.14 million research project to develop an environmentally friendly brake rotor that would last the lifetime of your car.

Xueyuan Nie is developing a cost-effective coating technology to make brake rotors resistant to corrosion and reduce emissions from wear. Ford proposes to one day use the rotors on its line of electric vehicles, making those vehicles even greener by eliminating the pollution caused by braking.

"This project will assist auto manufacturers and parts suppliers to get closer to producing real emission-free vehicles, towards the goal of electromobility for everyone," Dr. Nie said.

Aug 12th, 2022
students showing moulded seat

A team of Windsor engineering students worked with industry partners to develop a more efficient method of producing custom wheelchair seats for children with special needs.


A manufacturing process developed with help from UWindsor engineering students can help children with special needs get a customized wheelchair faster.

The team, fourth-year engineering majors Luka Mlinarevic, Pavneet Sarao, Alea Mclellan, Jasmine Bull, and Saifaldin Abdelhamid under the direction of professor Colin Novak, has been working with the John McGivney Children’s Centre (JMCC) to speed up its production of specialized seats uniquely designed to meet the specific needs of each child.

The high-quality individualized seats are better suited to young clients than those procured off the shelf, explained team member Bull.

“These custom-moulded seats make a huge difference for these children by providing optimal alignment and support while improving their well-being,” she said.

The new process, presented during the Faculty of Engineering Design Demo Day on July 29, has the potential to reduce production time to three or four weeks rather than the current six to eight months. It will introduce innovative technologies with support from Harbour Technologies, Valiant TMS, and other local partners.

Aug 9th, 2022
Haein Jeon, Yong Hoon Kim, Yujin Park, Jiyeong Kang, Eunsik Kim, and Chris Lee.

Students visiting from South Korea’s Ewha Womans University will work with UWindsor researchers to improve the performance of self-driving vehicles. From left: Haein Jeon, Yong Hoon Kim, Yujin Park, Jiyeong Kang, Eunsik Kim, and Chris Lee.

East meets West in autonomous vehicle research

A visit from South Korean students will contribute to global advancements in self-driving automobile technology, says a UWindsor engineering professor.

Eunsik Kim is one of four professors — three in engineering and one in computer science — hosting students in his lab from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, the largest women’s university in the world. Master’s students Haein Jeon and Jiyeong Kang, and doctoral student Yujin Park are here as a part of a $460,000 in research projects funded by South Korea’s Ministry of Science. Two other students will arrive in October, with each of the five students staying for six months.

“The global competition to develop advanced connected and autonomous vehicles technology globally is intense,” said Dr. Kim. “The demand for highly qualified personnel in this industry is expected to grow as the sales of autonomous cars increase.”

Aug 3rd, 2022

Auto parts manufacturer Magna International will hold a tech talk and recruitment event Thursday in the Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Representatives of Magna International, one of North America’s largest manufacturers of automotive parts, will be on the UWindsor campus Thursday, Aug. 4, to discuss careers with the company.

Presented by the student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the event will offer insight from recent UWindsor grads now working for Magna: what technical skills are in demand, how to apply for a position, and how to kickstart your career in engineering.

Jul 22nd, 2022

The window to Apply to Graduate for FALL 2022 CONVOCATION is now open. 

To apply to graduate, please log on to UWinsite Student.

All students who will have completed their degree requirements by the end of the SUMMER term, must apply to graduate whether they plan to attend Convocation ceremony or not.

Jul 18th, 2022

Front view of semi-tractor trailer with sun setting in background

Engineering PhD student Terence Dimatulac’s model of the impacts of electrifying transport trucks was honoured as best research paper at the Canadian Transportation Research Forum in Montreal last month.

Research to model the potential impacts of electrifying long-haul trucks in Ontario earned best paper honours for engineering PhD student Terence Dimatulac at the Canadian Transportation Research Forum in Montreal last month.

Co-authored with civil and environmental professors Hanna Maoh and Rupp Carriveau in civil engineering’s Traffic Lab at the Cross Border Institute, Dimatulac’s paper focused on developing an archetypal routing network of heavy commercial vehicles to determine ideal charging station locations while minimizing disruptions on electrical grid systems.

“Based on truck routes and stops, the end goal is to identify potential locations of charging infrastructures to start and sustain a large-scale deployment of electric trucks,” says Dimatulac. “This is a must for the massive battery packs that will be used to power big rigs.”

Jul 12th, 2022

Clinical therapist Giselle St. Louis and Winnie the therapy dog

Having a ruff day? Therapist Giselle St. Louis and therapy dog Winnie are here to help.

Clinical therapist Giselle St. Louis has a new partner in Windsor Engineering’s wellness office, helping engineering students with mental health and wellness — Winnie the therapy dog.

A labradoodle, cross-bred between a Labrador retriever and a poodle, Winnie comes by her good looks naturally, but had earned her therapy credentials the old-fashioned way, completing a rigorous six-month training program at Mindfulness Therapy Dogs in Pinckney, Michigan.

Research has shown that petting a dog lowers the stress hormone cortisol while the interaction between a dog and a human increases levels of oxytocin, the feel-good hormone.

Jul 4th, 2022

Dr. Vijayakanthan Damodaran inside UWindsor's Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI) building

General Motors Company has named UWindsor engineering professor and alumnus Vijayakanthan Damodaran a technical fellow.

UWindsor engineering professor and alumnus Vijayakanthan Damodaran (MASc 1991, PhD 1996) was named a technical fellow by General Motors Company, a distinction highly regarded in the automotive industry.

The accolade recognizes an exceptional level of expertise, research contribution, dedication, and hard work; the requirements are rigorous, recommendations are earned, and standards must be met.

Dr. Damodaran’s technical fellowship is a result of his work in virtual thermal integration. His responsibility is to conduct critical analysis across all electric and internal combustion engine vehicles to ensure that appropriate physics and platforms are developed, implemented, and monitored during virtual thermal simulations.

Jun 10th, 2022

Photo of Alex Leigh in his lab

Alex Leigh is a Renaissance man.

At 25, Leigh is among the youngest PhDs UWindsor has ever produced. And when he’s not working in professor Mitra Mirhassani’s lab, engineering circuits that work like a human brain and being awarded patents on his research, Leigh is teaching piano or touring Europe as an opera singer.

“Engineering has traditionally been considered part of the arts,” said Leigh of his diverse interests. “I like the hands-on aspect of engineering and I’ve always enjoyed teaching, being an instructor, so I’m interested in pursuing a faculty position.”