2022 News Archive

Canine comfort part of caring for engineering students

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.

General Motors names engineering prof a technical fellow

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.

Art meets science in engineering, says 25-year-old doctoral grad

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.”

Open house to introduce lab for fabricating printed circuit boards

UWindsor students working in PCB Fabrication Lab

UWindsor’s PCB Fabrication Lab in action capturing the printed circuit board milling process on the LPKF Protomat S104


A new lab to fabricate printed circuit boards promises to benefit a broad spectrum of UWindsor students looking to use the equipment for academic and research-related projects, says Aya Abu-Libdeh.

Printed circuit boards electrically connect the components of a designed circuit and are vital to modern electronics.

Abu-Libdeh, her classmate Dora Strelkova, and electronics technologist Calvin Love advocated for the construction of a facility to make them.

Explanation of vibration dampers takes prize in grad research competition

Shelair Sinjari at park

Shelair Sinjari’s video explaining her work testing dampers to mitigate cable vibration won the UWindsor Twitter-based Graduate Showcase.


Cable vibration — whether caused by natural or human sources — can be dangerous, says Shelair Sinjari (BASc 2020), a master’s student of civil engineering.

“These vibrations can cause tall buildings to sway or even severe damage to structures, such as bridges,” she says.

Sinjari hopes her research will be implemented into systems affected by high vibrations to mitigate these effects and help designers select the best models for their projects. Her video explaining that work earned her top honours in the second annual UWindsor Twitter-based Graduate Showcase.

Leadership and passion to help peers earn award for engineering students

Photo of 2022 Liburdi Engineering Mentorship Awards Matina Rahbar Ranji and Charandeep Singh Virk

Matina Rahbar Ranji and Charandeep Singh Virk are the 2022 recipients of Liburdi Engineering Mentorship Awards.


Their dedication to tutoring first-year students earned Liburdi Engineering Mentorship Awards for Charandeep Singh Virk and Matina Rahbar Ranji.

The $10,000 annual prize recognizes passionate participants in WinOne Tutorials. Established in 2019 by the WinOne Office for First-Year Engineering, the program promotes knowledge sharing between mentors and mentees regarding academics, degree pathways, extracurricular activities, co-operative education, and senior projects.

Researcher gets ticking with silicon chips

Close up view of finger holding a microchip with a pocket watch and clock in background

Dr. Ahamed is leading a research project to improve the time-keeping chip embedded in every smart and connected device. Think cell phones, tablets and laptops, but also other connected devices like thermostats, security systems, refrigerators, automobiles, and airplanes.

Ahamed’s research aims to develop microchips that oscillate with high precision, providing a fixed frequency to measure time. They provide the reference frequency needed to synchronize events in digital integrated circuits, manage data transfer, define radio frequencies, process signals, as well as tell time.

Joint venture to examine potential for wind to power greenhouses

Dr Rupp Carriveau stands in front of a wind farm field

The University of Windsor is partnering with the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) and Kruger Energy to investigate using existing wind farms to power and heat greenhouses in Southwestern Ontario.

Dubbed the HIGH Energy project, short for the Hydrogen Integrated Greenhouse Horticultural Energy project, the new joint venture proposes using wind turbines to generate clean electricity and hydrogen for use in the area’s multi-billion-dollar greenhouse sector.

Engineering academic open house welcomes prospective fall 2022 students

Bill Middleton, an environmental technologist in civil and environmental engineering, explains a biofuel cell to a group of prospective students in the Environmental Lab

Bill Middleton, an environmental technologist in civil and environmental engineering, explains a biofuel cell to a group of prospective students in the Environmental Lab.


Faculty, staff members, and current engineering students greeted prospective students and their guests at Engineering’s Academic Open House on Saturday, May 14.

Students were provided a brief overview of the faculty’s academic programs, support initiatives, and awards/scholarships that are available. Afterwards, they were split into groups to collaborate in mock engineering proposals, tour various research labs, view demonstrations, and participate in self-guided tours while staff, faculty, and students answered questions.

Automobility program to advance industry innovation: professors

Closeup of car speedometer. Photo courtesy of Pexels.

Canada’s research community must join in the response to competition from abroad for the country’s auto industry, UWindsor engineering researchers Peter Frise and Bill Van Heyst argue in an opinion piece published Monday in the Hill Times.

Based in Ottawa, the news outlet covers the federal government and national political issues.

The University’s new research program in Automobility-CASE centres on Connected, Autonomous, Secure, and Electric vehicle development.