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Sergio Marchionne’s UWindsor visit leaves impression on engineering students

When you meet with an executive at the helm of one the largest automakers in the world, you expect him to mainly talk shop.

At least that’s what a group of automotive engineering students expected when they had a chance to spend time with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne on Nov. 17 at the University of Windsor. Instead, Dr. Marchionne fondly recalled his days as a UWindsor business student and told the eager graduate students in the Windsor-Torino-FCA exchange program to slow down and enjoy this “intellectually stimulating” part of their lives.

Peter Frise recognized for excellence in student mentoring

Mechanical and automotive engineering professor Peter Frise has received the UWindsor Alumni Excellence in Mentoring Award for his contributions to the development — personal, academic and professional — of students before and after their graduation.

“Mentoring must be continual chain of effort that extends throughout the relationships in one’s life,” says Dr. Frise. “This means that all senior people, in any organization, should reach out and play a role in helping junior people to succeed in their own careers. This is doubly true in a university such as ours — and that is why this award means so much to me.”

Industrial engineering students lauded by IISE

A UWindsor student chapter of industrial engineers has been recognized for its leadership and engagement in local and national industrial engineering initiatives.

The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), the world's largest industrial engineering professional society, presented the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Windsor Student Chapter with a bronze award for its progress and overall achievements in 2015-2016.

Ceremony recognizes top UWindsor researchers in turbulence & energy

A reception Sept. 16 at the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation honoured high-achieving researchers in the University of Windsor’s Turbulence and Energy Laboratory.

Several graduate students were recognized for their innovative research in addition to faculty and staff who assist with the operation of the Turbulence and Energy (T&E) Lab.

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.

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.

Scholarship recipient inspired by fund honouree

Zac Sinasac

Zac Sinasac, just finishing his first semester of graduate study in automotive engineering, is grateful for the opportunities he has been afforded.

“I say thank you as much as I can to the people who have supported me,” he says, listing faculty, family, friends — and donors to scholarships for UWindsor students.

Sinasac says the $1,000 Shawn Yates Memorial Award helped inspire him to excel.

“It’s a motivation, because you’re being rewarded and recognized for your efforts,” he says. “Sometimes you’re so deep in your books that you don’t realize people take notice.”

He made the effort to learn more about Yates, a UWindsor alumnus (BASc 1982, MBA 1992) who helped to found the Windsor Engineering co-op program with the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) before his death in July 2017.