2016 News Archive

UWindsor team finishes 4th in Electric Vehicle Grand Prix

Building two electric vehicles from the ground up takes patience and teamwork.

A group of mechanical and electrical engineering students can attest to this after spending the last four months in the shop designing and creating two electric go-karts, which later competed in the Electric Vehicle Grand Prix in Indianapolis on May 17-18.

Industrial engineering students strive to improve healthcare services

A team of UWindsor student engineers has devised a plan that can improve the efficiency of hospital porter services and enhance front-line care.

A team of third-year industrial engineers proposed a hardwired kiosk and swipe card system as a solution to inefficiency problems facing a hospital in Toronto as part of the inaugural Industrial Engineering Case Competition (IECC) held March 26, 2016 at Ryerson University. Ryley Urban, Brande Norman, Deepaul Chunilall and Ted Thompson led UWindsor to a second place finish out of nine Ontario university teams, missing first place by a sliver — the team was one point shy of the winning team’s 86-point finish.

Engineering students cleared for takeoff in international competition

In designing its entry for the SAE Aero Design competition, a team of Windsor Engineering students concluded that optimal efficiency is not the goal.

The eight students, all mechanical engineering students pursuing the aerospace option, have created a model plane to pit against more than 70 rivals from universities as far afield as Poland, India and Egypt, in the competition, April 22 to 24 in Van Nuys, California. Each team has design a radio-controlled aircraft that must lift the largest payload and will be judged on its flight ability, an oral presentation, and a written report.

Agreement to promote collaboration on lightweight technologies

A new agreement between the University of Windsor, University of Waterloo and Germany’s national centre for transportation research has the potential to save lives and money, says engineering professor Bill Altenhof. He organized the International Crashworthiness Symposium, held Monday in the Centre for Engineering Innovation, which culminated in the Cooperation Agreement on Novel Lightweight Technologies for Improved Crash Safety.

Competition teaches high schoolers to think like engineers

A typical day on the job for an engineer often requires using limited resources to find quick and creative solutions to pressing challenges.

More than 60 local high school students got a feel for the demands of engineering when they were tasked with designing and building a wheeled vehicle in less than a day during the Windsor Engineering Student Society’s High School Design Competition on March 29.

Symposium to set stage for international collaboration

Automotive engineers from around the world will come to UWindsor next month for the International Crashworthiness Symposium to discuss the design of lighter-weight vehicles and cutting-edge innovations to improve fuel efficiency and vehicle safety. The symposium also sets the stage for UWindsor to sign the Cooperation Agreement on Novel Lightweight Technologies for Improved Crash Safety, along with the University of Waterloo and the German Aerospace Centre.