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Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation

COVID-19 Updates and Information

Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to visit the University of Windsor's Return to Campus website, which is regularly updated and includes resources for students, instructors and researchers.

Faculty of Engineering COVID-19 Updates

Engineering-related updates will continue to be listed below as more information becomes available. 

From revolutionizing the COVID-19 testing process to producing face shields for frontline workers, there are several initiatives taking place at UWindsor to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Faculty of Engineering researchers and students have been busy working alongside members of the community and local industry to provide innovative solutions to challenges sweeping the globe.

Read more about the latest UWindsor Engineering projects tackling the global pandemic.

Given the continued public health risks posed by COVID-19, summer/intersession 2021 will be offered primarily remotely and online. The course schedule is expected to be available on UWinsite Student during the week of March 22 and registration will open during the week of April 5.

The primarily virtual approach we have chosen offers students the most stable and flexible avenue for engaging with academic opportunities and new experiences during this uniquely challenging time. We will continue to offer high-quality engagement, teaching, and mentorship, and create environments where students are well supported, work with friends and colleagues, meet new people from across the street and around the world, and explore new ideas and opportunities.

As public health restrictions are relaxed, the University will explore possibilities for on-campus student life and co-curricular learning activities, with careful attention to all necessary safety protocols. Keeping health and safety as our primary consideration UWindsor will, where practical, encourage those planning such activities to provide a virtual option to allow maximum participation by all.

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our campus community, the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI) and Centre for Automotive Research and Education (CARE) are closed until further notice.

Access to CEI and CARE is limited to researchers involved in COVID-19 related research and other essential activities, in addition to access for maintaining critical research instruments. Examples of essential research and activities include:

  • COVID-19 related research.
  • Research activity that if stopped could result in a significant loss of data/samples.
  • Activity that is essential for remote teaching.
  • Activity that aims to maintain critical research/teaching infrastructure or research instruments.

Essential Research Request

If your research and teaching preparation falls under the essential category, please complete an approval form.

Essential Worker Request

If you would like to request an essential worker designation, please complete an essential worker status form.

If Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) was enabled on your UWin Acocunt, the secondary authentication will be required only when accessing MFA protected services and apps from a non-trusted location. Information and instructions for setup are listed here: http://www.uwindsor.ca/itservices/multifactor

The Faculty of Engineering has three physical computer labs located in the Centre for Engineering Innovation. While working remotely, an ECS Virtual Lab has been setup for engineering students and faculty to access engineering software using Windows Virtual Desktop. 

Microsoft Office

All staff, faculty and students can install Microsoft Office on up to five PCs, including home PCs. Instructions are listed here: https://uwindsor.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1975/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=9465

MATLAB and Other Software

A special MATLAB license has been arranged for students until June 30, 2020. Students will be required to create a MathWorks Account before either downloading or logging into MATLAB Online to use MATLAB Online via any web browser or install the software on their own desktop or laptop.

To assist a new wave of remote works in response to COVID-19, many software developers and service providers have started to offer free licenses or enhanced versions of their software and services.

Siemens has made NX and other software available to all active students.  You will need to register for Siemen's Support Center to access the download. 

Computer Recommendations

Under normal circumstances, as a student in Engineering at the University of Windsor, you have access to multiple computer labs equipped with the software required to complete your degree. At this time, the University is under an “Essential Service Model” and all courses for the Summer 2020 semester will be delivered online. In order to access classes and complete your coursework, you will need a computer and internet access.

You will not be expected to load all Engineering software onto your laptop for the Summer semester. The faculty will provide a remote system that will allow you to log in and complete your coursework. 

The minimum computer recommendation is one with an i5 Processor, 1920x1080 display, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD.  Example (April 2020): Lenovo T470s, i5-6300U, 1920 x 1080 display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1300 (https://www.lenovo.com/ca/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-t-series/ThinkPad-T470s/p/20JSS0KS00)

The recommended computer configuration is one with an i7 Processor, 1920x1080 display, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD with discrete graphics. Example (April 2020): Dell Inspiron 15 7591 2-in-1, i7-10510U, 3840 x 2160 display, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX250 with 2GB - $1900 (https://www.dell.com/en-ca/work/shop/laptops-ultrabooks/inspiron-15-7591-2-in-1/spd/inspiron-15-7591-2-in-1-laptop/

There are many manufacturers that have laptops that can meet these specifications. We recommend that you get one from Dell, Lenovo or Microsoft and purchase a 3 year warranty when you get the laptop. Your Internet speed should be 15 Mbps or greater. If you share your internet connection with other students, you may need more than 15 Mbps. You will want an unlimited usage plan if it’s available to you.

The Engineering Communication Support team will continue to support students virtually by appointment through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

To make an appointment, please go to mySuccess and select "Communications Support" --> "Engineering". When it is time for your appointment, please log into Blackboard, click on Engineering Communications Support (under "My Organizations"). In the left toolbar, you will see "Virtual Appointments." Click on "Virtual Appointments" and join the "Course Room." Wait there, and you'll be added to a "Breakout Group" when it is time for your appointment. 

If you need further assistance, please email engcomm@uwindsor.ca.

The Student Counselling Centre is following the University of Windsor’s Emergency Academic Plan and is now closed to all in-person appointments. Please see below for the change in service offerings:

  • Appointments are being offered through telephone and/or video conferencing. Please email scc@uwindsor.ca and you will be contacted within 24-48 hours. 
  • If you need to speak with someone immediately please contact MYSSP at 1-844-451-9700 or download the ‘MySSP’ app for 24/7 talk or text counselling by licenced counsellors in multiple languages.
  • If your or someone else’s life is at risk, please call 911 for emergency services.
  • Visit these websites for further mental health resources.

WINONE Tutorials will now be offered online. The regularly scheduled hours will take place in a Virtual Tutorial Classroom, accessed through a menu link called “WINONE Tutorials - Online Support" on Blackboard. There is also a discussion board with course-specific threads where students can ask questions as well as a WINONE forum for general questions for the First-Year Engineering Office.

For more information, email WINONE@uwindsor.ca and include the courses you'd like help with.

Please visit the COVID-19 Research and Innovation Guidance page on the Office of the VPRI website regularly for updates and information. In addition to guidance on research and innovation during the pandemic, the site also provides information and updates on changes to funding applications and timelines, funding opportunities for COVID-19 research, and community news.

The Government of Canada is recommending that individuals who return from travel outside of Canada “self-isolate” for a period of 14 days. The University of Windsor supports the government’s decision and strongly urges all faculty and staff who are returning from travel outside of Canada to follow the advice and directions provided on https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/221