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Doctoral student Faraz Talebpour shows off a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, one of the research projects displayed Friday in the Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Open house highlights UWindsor Engineering innovation

Studying engineering at the University of Windsor has shown Faraz Talebpour his potential to make a difference.

A doctoral candidate in electrical and computer engineering, his work on a remotely controlled underwater vehicle can find immediate application on real-world challenges. It was one of more than 30 research projects displayed during an open house on April 26 in the Centre for Engineering Innovation. Talebpour says his experience scuba diving has helped him to appreciate how pollution threatens aquatic ecosystems.

“Going under the water you see how we’re destroying that world,” he says. “This project can save the marine life that we have endangered.”

The small submarines can be used to detect or repair leaks in pipelines, to patrol naval borders, to monitor aquatic life, or map sea floors.

“These techniques can protect the country and the environment,” says Talebpour. 

His research, under the supervision of professor Shahpour Alirezaee, is a partnership with Zion Robotics and Controls. That company’s director of new business, Michael Elachkar, says the University’s engineering program has been a great source of research and development expertise. Read the full story.

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VIDEO SPOTLIGHT: Capstone projects challenge fourth-year engineering students to apply the formal knowledge they’ve gained during their undergraduate studies to solve real-world problems. Students combine the technical skills and hands-on experience they acquired in school to design a project related to their chosen discipline.

Manufacturer breaks the mold with visionary investment

Keith Henry (R), president and CEO of the Windsor Mold Group, is pictured at a funding announcement in the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation March 22 with Dr. Mehrdad Saif (centre), dean of engineering and Dr. Marcello Guarini (L), dean of arts, humanities and social sciences

The Windsor Mold Group has announced a first-of-its-kind University of Windsor endowment that will propel UWindsor Engineering student education and innovation.
 
The endowment will support capstone design projects, which challenge fourth-year engineering students to apply the formal knowledge they’ve gained during their undergraduate studies to solve real-world problems. In addition to the Faculty of Engineering, Windsor Mold Group is supporting the university's Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre), and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

“The Windsor Mold Group is proud to continue its support of the University of Windsor in many ways, the most recent of which demonstrates our continued commitment to the students in Engineering, EPICentre, and Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences,” said Keith Henry, president and CEO of the Windsor Mold Group. Read the full story.

Engineering students propose solutions to industrial challenges

Stefan Spiric and Jackie Ing display their research during the Faculty of Engineering’s annual Industrial Engineering Capstone Design Demo Day on March 29, 2019 in the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation. 

Fourth-year industrial engineering students at the University of Windsor are improving the accuracy of critical medical procedures, optimizing automotive production lines and using virtual reality to enhance manufacturing processes.

Students presented these projects and more at the Faculty of Engineering’s annual Industrial Engineering Capstone Design Demo Day on March 29, 2019. 

Jackie Ing and Stefan Spiric focused on improving mannequins used to train students on perfecting thoracentesis, an invasive procedure that involves inserting a needle into the chest to remove fluid or air.

“It’s a very critical procedure, because if there’s too much force, they can puncture the lung or cause internal bleeding,” Ing says.

Windsor’s Schulich School of Medicine uses a medical training mannequin that has one silicone tissue layer. Ing says their model, created by graduate student Andre Khayat, has two silicone layers, which is more similar to human skin and muscle layers. Using cadavers, the two collected data while performing the procedure and recorded the needle’s peak force, impulse force and pulsewidth. They then created a series of silicone trials to try and match the data. Read the full story.

Around campus

Local Girl Guides earn STEM-related badges at UWindsor
UWindsor researchers to study feasibility of solar-powered greenhouses
Engineering faculty and students recognized for research excellence
UWindsor electrical engineering group awarded third year in a row
Engineering students advance to finals in international hyperloop competition
Students address climate change on World Water Day

Engineering professor makes lasting impact at UWindsor

Engineering Dean Mehrdad Saif (L) is joined by faculty and staff to honour Dr. Shervin Erfani's (R) contributions to the Faculty of Engineering.

A University of Windsor engineering professor is helping students grasp more than complex electrical engineering concepts.

Shervin Erfani has made a six-figure dollar donation to the Faculty of Engineering to help students finance their education and foster collaboration in the classroom.

“The greatest reward I have ever been given is the simple opportunity to teach generations of young people how to think in an ‘engineering way’ about the world around them,” Dr. Erfani said at a gathering of his immediate family and colleagues, Friday in the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.

There, Dean of Engineering Mehrdad Saif unveiled the newly-named Dr. Shervin Erfani Learning Studio and recognized Erfani’s philanthropic investments to endow two scholarships in memory of his father Dr. Ibrahim Erfani. The scholarships will support undergraduate and graduate engineering students and are set to begin disbursing in 2020.

“These scholarships will empower our future engineering students for generations to come and showcase your life-long commitment to teaching and inspiring engineering students,” said Dr. Saif. “On behalf of the faculty and students, I’d like to thank you for your generosity.” 
Read the full story.

NEW: Engineering licensing Q&A with PracticePPEexams.ca


Q. After graduating from a Canadian university, I gained 10 years of engineering experience – one year in Canada and nine abroad. However, the Canadian experience wasn’t under the supervision of a licenced engineer.  Can I still apply for a P.Eng. licence here in Ontario?

A. The experience gained under a professional engineer (P.Eng.) is valuable and a mandatory requirement for your P.Eng. licence. As a result, you’ll likely need to change positions or companies in order to gain this experience. In the meantime, you should consider applying for a provisional licence, which is intended for those who have satisfied all of the P.Eng. requirements except for the 12 months of supervised experience. Then, once you have gained the missing experience under a licensed member, you can apply for your P.Eng. The provisional licence was introduced in 1999 to help internationally-educated or trained aspiring engineering become more employable by affirming their ethics, academics and professional practice accomplishment. Please see PEOs provisional licence page for more information.  

Q. I’m currently an engineer-in-training (EIT) with PEO and have passed my professional practice exam (PPE).  I have temporarily relocated out west and am close to getting a job in British Columbia. My plan is to transfer my EIT status to EGBC and then write the PPE again in BC. What do you think?

A. The EIT membership is a great way to have your experience validated between graduation and your P.Eng. application. If you have passed the PPE with PEO, EGBC will then accept it so you don’t have to write it twice. You can transfer your EIT status between the two associations at any time. When you do, you’ll begin paying dues to EGBC and it will start to validate your work experience to ensure you are gaining appropriate experience. For more on the EIT programs, please visit EGBC or PEO.  


Do you have a licensing question? Send it to Gavin Simone, P.Eng., by visiting practiceppeexams.ca/windsor-q-and-a.

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