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Archive for the 'Mechanical and Mechatronics' Category

First associate dean, teaching appointed

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Gordon Stubley, a mechanical and mechatronics professor, has been appointed Waterloo Engineering’s first associate dean, teaching, for a three-year term beginning May 1, 2012. A memo written by Adel Sedra, dean of engineering, says the new position has been created to address a Vision 2015 strategic priority to enhance Waterloo Engineering’s support for teaching. Stubley, who will continue to serve in his current role as academic director of WatPD-Engineering, will work closely in his new position with the university’s Centre for Teaching Excellence and will draw on the considerable teaching experience and expertise within the Faculty.

Engineering students have strong showing at OEC

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Five Waterloo Engineering teams placed either first or second in this year’s Ontario Engineering Competition and will advance to the Canadian Engineering Competition to be held March 8 to 11. Dhananja Jayalath, Neil Olij, Chris Wiebe and Ryan Mann, all fourth-year electrical engineering students, took top spot in OEC’s Innovative Design contest with their Muscle Activation Detection Suit entry. In addition, team members also took home the Technical Excellence award presented to the team displaying the greatest consideration and attention to technical aspects of design.

Second place in the Innovative Design contest went to Ilia Baranov, an electrical engineering student and Melvin Ng, a computer engineering student. Kumar Singh, a chemical engineering student, Drupadh Manjunath, an electrical engineering student, and Ayush Kapur and Dhrumhill Parikh, both mechatronics engineering students, won second place in the Junior Design competition. Second place in the Senior Design contest went to Nevin McCallum, an electrical engineering student, and Cody Prodaniuk, Jeff McClure and Maple Leung, all mechanical engineering students. Second spot in the Engineering Communications category went to Erin Matheson, a chemical engineering student for her topic entitled Developing Techniques for Surgical Treatment of Brain Aneurysms. Waterloo Engineering students won over $10,000 in prize money between all competitions. [OEC website]

Interim Chair for MME appointed

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Fathy Ismail of mechanical and mechatronics engineering will serve as interim chair of the department from February 1 to December 31 2012. He will replace Pearl Sullivan who is succeeding Adel Sedra as dean of Waterloo Engineering on July 1, 2012. Sullivan is resigning as chair of MME on January 31 to allow time for the transition of the dean’s position. A full search will take place for Sullivan’s permanent successor.

Pearl Sullivan named next dean of Waterloo Engineering

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Pearl Sullivan, chair of Waterloo’s mechanical and mechatronics engineering department, will become Waterloo’s eighth dean of engineering on July 1, 2012. Sullivan, an award-winning professor and accomplished researcher, joined the university as a professor of mechanical engineering in 2004. She will succeed Adel Sedra whose second term as dean ends June 30, 2012. “The exemplary reputation of Waterloo Engineering fueled a lot of international interest in this position,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president of the University of Waterloo. “We were thrilled that, in the end, one of our own professors was the best person for the job. Faculty and students both here and elsewhere have the greatest respect for Pearl Sullivan-a striking example of the top-quality educators and leaders we have in our own community.”

Sullivan has had a distinguished academic career. She is the founding director of Waterloo’s joint graduate program in nanotechnology within the faculties of engineering and science. Before joining Waterloo, she was a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of New Brunswick, and a lecturer and visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. [news release] [Record article]

4th-year project BufferBox officially launches at uWaterloo

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Waterloo Engineering start-up BufferBox will launch what is believed to be the first parcel delivery kiosk service in Canada on January 12 in the Student Life Centre at the University of Waterloo. BufferBox was created by three recent Waterloo mechatronics engineering graduates as their fourth year design project to provide a reliable and secure parcel delivery alternative. In 2011, BufferBox received the Innovation Award at the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition (QEC), won the Waterloo Nicol Entrepreneurial Award, and won Best Overall Design at Waterloo’s mechatronics engineering design symposium. [BufferBox demo]

Waterloo Engineering spin-off wins recognition for technology

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Less than a year after spinning off from Waterloo Engineering, Innovative Processing Technologies (IPT) has been recognized by the Ontario government for its breakthrough Multiple Memory Material (MMM) technology, known for making smart materials smarter. IPT and a Waterloo Engineering team led by mechanical and mechatronics professor Norman Zhou have been awarded market readiness funding by the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Valued at $130,000, this fund will support development and qualification of prototypes specifically for automotive applications.

OCE also awarded Ibraheem Khan, co-founder of IPT and a Waterloo mechanical engineering alumnus and researcher, the Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship. The one-year fellowship is valued at $50,000 and supports the transition of OCE-funded university-based research into innovative business ventures.”

Smart materials have also been identified as a top candidate for clean energy solutions that can secure energy security and efficiency. [complete news release]

Alumni and team led by engineering professor win OCE award

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Aeryon Labs and a University of Waterloo team led by Waterloo mechanical and mechatronics professor Steve Waslander have won this year’s Ontario Centres of Excellence Mind to Market Award. Aeryon Labs was co-founded by Waterloo Engineering alumni Dave Kroetsch (BASc ’02, Comp, MASc ’07, Mech), Mike Peasgood (BASc ’98, MASc ’02, PhD ’08, SD) and Steffen Lindner (BASc ’92, MASc ’95, SD). The company developed the Aeryon Scout, an innovative, easy-to-use, battery powered, unmanned aerial intelligence gathering system with integrated camera solutions.

Since its inception, Aeryon has partnered with a variety of university researchers and Ontario corporations to advance the commercialization of their technology. One significant collaboration involving Waslander and his team focused on the improvement of vehicle control and performance in a wide range of environments, which has been also been supported through both OCE and federal funding.

The Mind to Market Award honours the best Ontario Centres of Excellence supported research collaboration between the business and research communities resulting in the effective commercialization of leading edge ideas and solutions. [news release] [video]

Final students selected for 2012 OEC

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Waterloo Engineering students competed against each other this past weekend to choose the remainder of the teams for the 2012 Ontario Engineering Competition. The first-place winners of the junior design team include: Rahul Patel, Tarjote Chaggar, Matthew Vandenberg and William Cullen, all of mechatronics engineering. The top winners of the senior design team are: Nevin McCallum of electrical engineering, and Cody Prodaniuk, Jeff McClure and Maple Leung, all of mechanical engineering. And the first-place winners of the consulting engineering team are: Tim Bandura and Adriana Cameron, both of mechanical engineering, Trevor Jenkins of management engineering, and Marc Tan of civil engineering. The teams will represent Waterloo at the Ontario Engineering Competition in February 2012. This is the second time the Waterloo competition has been held this year — it was also held during the spring term for students currently on a work term.

A Canadian first honour for recent mechanical PhD graduate

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Kui Jiao, who graduated last week with his PhD in mechanical engineering, has been chosen as the grand prize winner of the 2011 Dr. Bernard S. Baker Student Award for Fuel Cell Research. The award will be presented to Jiao November 1 at the 2011 Fuel Cell Seminar Exposition in Orlando, Florida. This is the first time a Canadian student has won the award. Jiao’s doctoral supervisor was Xianguo Li of mechanical engineering. At the October 22 convocation Jiao was one of five doctoral students campus-wide recognized with the rubric “outstanding achievement in graduate studies”. Michael Boutilier, also of mechanical engineering, was honoured for his outstanding achievement as a master’s student.

Engineering faculty, staff and alumni honoured

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Waterloo Engineering achievements were recognized October 6 at the Faculty of Engineering dinner. The Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Christine Moresoli of chemical engineering, Bob McKillop of civil and environmental engineering and Ehsan Toyserkani of mechanical and mechatronics engineering.

There were four Faculty of Engineering Research Awards presented this year. The En-hui Yang Engineering Research Innovation Award was presented to Alexander Penlidis of chemical engineering. The Engineering Research Excellence Award in the assistant professor category was received by Zhongwei Chen of chemical engineering; the Engineering Research Excellence Award in the associate professor category was awarded to Hany Aziz of electrical and computer engineering; and the Engineering Research Excellence Award in the professor category was received by Wayne Brodland of civil and environmental engineering.

Donna Woolcott of the School of Architecture and Robert Kraemer of the Engineering Machine Shop were honoured with the Faculty of Engineering Outstanding Staff Award. Woolcott was recognized in the award’s administrative staff category and Kraemer in the technical staff category.

The Friend of the Faculty Award, two Young Alumni Achievement Medals, two Alumni Achievement Medals and one Team Alumni Achievement Medal were also presented. The Friend of the Faculty Award was presented to Conestoga- Rovers and Associates in recognition of the company’s strong support of Waterloo Engineering through the ongoing hiring of graduates and co-op students and generous financial support. The Young Alumni Achievement Medal was awarded to Sheldon Fernandez (BASc ’01, computer), co-founder and director of Infusion Development Canada, and Kurtis McBride (BASc ’04, MASc ’08, systems design), co-founder and CEO of Miovision Technologies.

The Alumni Achievement Medal in the professional achievement category was awarded to Steve Matusch (BASc ’91, systems design), founder and president of Ionic Engineering and The Alumni Achievement Medal in the community service category was presented to Nityanand (Nitya) Varma (MASc ’64, civil; MASc ’70, management sciences) in recognition of his numerous community service roles in Ottawa, Nepean and other Ontario communities. And the Team Alumni Achievement Medal was received by Brigitte Shim (BES ’81, BArch ’83) and Howard Sutcliffe (BES ’83, BArch ’83), co-founders of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects.