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Best paper awards for ECE professors and graduate

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Two electrical and computer engineering professors won best paper awards at the IEEE-ICC 2012 conference held June 10-15 in Ottawa. Weihua Zhuang picked up a top paper award as did Guang Gong and her co-author Qi Chai, a recent electrical engineering PhD graduate.

ECE professor and grad honoured with best paper award

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Shesha H Jayaram, an electrical and computer engineering professor, and Chitral J Angammana, who completed his PhD under Jayaram’s supervision in 2011, have been honoured with 2012 IEEE James R. Melcher Prize Paper Award for their paper entitled Analysis of the Effects of Solution Conductivity on Electrospinning Process and Fiber Morphology. The award recognizing the best Electrostatic Processes Committee papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications was presented during the 2012 Joint Electrostatics Conference held in Cambridge, Ontario in June. The award-winning paper was published in May/June 2011 issue of the publication. [paper]

Incoming student one of first winners of prestigious scholarship

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
Nicole Shum, who will begin nanotechnology engineering this fall at Waterloo, has been honoured with a $60,000 Canadian Schulich Leader Scholarship.  The new award recognizes students across Canada who demonstrate excellence in academics and/or community leadership and who plan to study one of the STEM subjects — Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics — during their undergraduate years.

Shum, from Burnaby North Secondary in Burnaby, B.C., was one of 40 students across the country to receive the scholarship and one of two incoming University of Waterloo students. Shum was selected for her outstanding academic average and demonstrated leadership in extra-curricular academic efforts, charitable fundraising drives, health advocacy and volunteering. [news release]

Chemical engineering team wins safety design award

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

A team of fourth-year chemical engineering students took top prize in the 2012 Minerva Safety Engineering Design competition. Held annually by Minerva Safety Management Education, the competition is intended to encourage colleges and universities to incorporate safety management education into core curricula.

Alessandra Pizzolato, Melanie Hazlett, Ji-Young Ahn, and Marla Desat redesigned the Sunrise Propane depot in Toronto which exploded in August 2008. Desat, the team’s captain, says the project was based on the Ontario Fire Marshall’s report on the incident. Design decisions were determined according to the new requirements in Ontario for propane storage and handling and based on estimations of hazard distances and public areas and buildings, including schools. 

The winning design features a laneway to direct travel to the filling area and prevent dangerous maneuvers and cluttering, an emergency stop system which is duplicated in a control room, and controlled entry and exit gates. Desat points out the project was not conducted with Sunrise Propane in anyway.

The four members of the team, supervised by chemical engineering professor Mary Robinson, will convocate June 16. [Minerva safety education website]

Management engineering student swings to golf title

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Devon Rizzo, a second-year management engineering student, captured the women’s title at the Canadian University/College Championship on June 1 at the Cordova Bay Golf Course in Victoria, B.C. Garrett Rank, a uWaterloo economics student, won the men’s title. Both Waterloo Warriors won in thrilling fashion with Rizzo taking the title on the third playoff hole while Rank birdied four of his last six holes to win the championship by three strokes. [Golf Canada news release]

Research supported through NSERC’s discovery accelerator program

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Kaan Inal of mechanical and mechatronics engineering and Sheshakamal Jayaram of electrical and computer engineering will be able to take their research further thanks to the 2012 NSERC funding announced in Toronto May 23. The engineering professors were among 123 researchers throughout Canada who will receive $120,000 over the next three years through the Discovery Accelerator Supplement program. Kaan’s research involves multi-scale modelling of non-uniform deformation and formability in aluminum and magnesium alloys. Jayaram is researching insulation condition assessment of power system components in future smart electricity grids. In total, over $410 million in grants for over 3,750 new investments in research programs and scholarships were announced by Gary Goodyear, minister of state for science and technology, and Suzanne Fortier, president of NSERC. [NSERC news release]

Grad student wins prestigious Vale scholarship

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Rana Tehrani Yekta is bright, ambitious and an inspiration for women in engineering. The civil engineering master’s student is the newest $10,000 Vale Master’s in Engineering Scholarship winner and joins the list of impressive women who represent the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) and Vale in encouraging youth and promoting engineering as a profession to women across Canada.

The scholarship is awarded annually to the most promising woman in a graduate engineering program at the master’s level in Canada and comes with a work place opportunity with Vale.

Tehrani Yekta was selected as the 2012 scholarship recipient for her volunteer and leadership work in the community. She has encouraged women recruitment in engineering through programs such as Go-Eng-Girl, and her position as one of the director’s of Canadian Association for Girls In Science (CAGIS). In 2006, she began volunteering for Women in Engineering (WIE) and in 2011 was selected as the graduate representative for the organization. She is also a tutor for high school and university students.

Tehrani Yekta and other scholarship award winners will be recognized at the CEMF annual Awards Ceremony to be held in Niagara Falls in June. [CEMF news release]

Professor wins 2012 Young Architect Award

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Lola Sheppard, a School of Architecture professor, has been selected as the recipient of Architecture Canada’s 2012 Young Architect Award. Sheppard, who has been honoured with several awards in the past year including the 2011 Holcim Gold Award, is one of the founding directors of InfraNet Lab, a design research company dedicated to the role infrastructures and networks play in our environment. 

Along with teaching at the School Architecture, she is a visiting critic at schools across Canada and the U.S. In choosing Sheppard for the Young Architect Award, the jury said she is “a talented architect, design leader, and influential educator whose work is contributing to larger societal concerns, going well beyond the bounds of traditional architectural practice.” She will receive her award during the 2012 Architecture Canada | RAIC – NLAA Festival of Architecture taking place June 13-16 in St. John’s. [Architecture Canada website]

Management engineering students win paper award

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Three fourth-year management engineering students are the winners of the 2012 National Student Paper Award of Supply Chain Logistics Canada. Jessica McPhee, Ari Paunonen and Taufiq Ramji based their paper on their fourth-year design project entitled Night-Time Deliveries for Nestle Ice Cream.  The team  members will be presented with their award at the 45th Supply Chain Annual Conference and Tradeshow.

Girl Guides earn badges at Waterloo

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
​On March 31, the last day of National Engineering Month, Waterloo Engineering was taken over by 112 Girl Guides and their leaders. The girls came from Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, New Dundee, Ayr, Baden and Stratford to participate in our Engineering Badge Day for Girl Guides.

The entire day was focused on introducing girls to the world of engineering. Coming into the event many of the girls did not even know what an engineer was, let alone that they could become an engineer themselves. Spending the day with Waterloo engineers allowed them to learn firsthand what engineers do to make the world a better place.

The groups of Girl Guides were led around campus by enthusiastic women engineering students, and spent the day doing hands-on engineering activities, touring labs, and interacting with female engineers. Some of the highlights included designing and making their own buttons while learning about simple machines, seeing a 3D printer in action when learning about tools engineers use, and learning about chemical reactions by making ice cream with liquid nitrogen.

By the end of the day the girls had fulfilled all of the requirements for the Engineering Badge, which were presented by the Dean of Engineering, Adel Sedra. This event was made possible with the support of The Ontario Network of Women in Engineering.