(L-R) Zahra Naghibi, Mohammad Abbaspour Ghadi, Pedram Jadidi, Samira Bashiri and Hamidreza Setareh Kokab will be remembered by friends, faculty and staff as vital contributors and caring companions.

Plane crash victims remembered as talented scholars and loving friends

They were dedicated researchers who were bolstering bridge safety with artificial intelligence, improving the accuracy of critical medical procedures and using solar energy to increase greenhouse efficiency.

They were friends who never forgot a birthday, supported each other like family and reminded others of the importance of living in the moment.

On Jan. 8, the University of Windsor lost five cherished members of its community, who were returning to campus, when Ukrainian International Airlines’ Flight PS752 crashed in Iran and claimed the lives of all 176 on board.

“We all feel the tremendous depth of human suffering caused by this tragedy,” says Dr. Robert Gordon, UWindsor president and vice-chancellor. “Our own students were standing on the very doorstep of discovery in their research careers and their potential was limitless. We will never know what life-changing contributions they may have made in their areas of study and academic pursuits — and that loss is unfathomable.”

Engineering doctoral candidates Hamidreza Setareh Kokab, Pedram Jadidi, Zahra Naghibi and her spouse Mohammad Abbaspour Ghadi and biology research assistant Samira Bashiri will be remembered by friends, faculty and staff as vital contributors and caring companions.  

Following the news of their deaths, the university received an immediate outpouring of support from the UWindsor community and general public to establish the “Remembering Flight PS752” fund, a graduate scholarship endowment that will support international students conducting vital research in the Faculties of Engineering and Science. Read the full story.

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens speaks during a memorial service on Friday at the University of Windsor mourning the deaths the five colleagues  killed in a plane crash in Iran on Wednesday

Mourners cope with 'unspeakable tragedy' of losing five U of W colleagues

VP, Strategic Development, Qualcomm Dr. Chris Borroni-Bird speaks during Autoblog UPSHIFT 2016 on October 6, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan

Future Auto 1: Cars will soon change daily life as much as smart phones did

From left, Cole Nadalin, vice president and business lead, University of Windsor Space and Aeronautics Team, and students from the team, Karamballi Manoj Surabaya, Madeline McQueen, Sourish Sangwan, and Marco Veliz Castro, are pictured at the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation with a cube sat design, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.

UWindsor space and aeronautics Team wins critical satellite design review

The next generation of energy storage

A University of Nottingham energy storage bag is prepared for ocean trials.

With a surge in renewable energy generation, researchers worldwide are pushing to innovate methods that combat the technology’s intermittent nature.

One of the solutions is energy storage and is the focus of an international cluster of leaders in offshore energy and storage spearheaded by the University of Windsor and University of Nottingham. For the past five years, the Offshore Energy and Storage Society (OSESS) has met annually to exchange ideas and foster collaborations that will propel the integration of renewable energy and storage technologies.

“We’ve relied on the inertia of big fossil fire and nuclear plants in the past, but energy systems are changing and how that future system is going to work is still an open question. Grid integration, storage and other technologies are going to be critical,” says Daniel Laird, director of the United States National Wind Technology Center and National Renewable Energy Laboratory and keynote speaker at OSESS’s 2019 Offshore Energy and Storage Summit.

Read the full story.

VIDEO SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Rupp Carriveau, a UWindsor engineering professor and OSESS co-creator, says they would like to see OSESS at the heart of major projects that make an impact for communities. "For example, we’ve talked about the electrification of an island. We plan on translating these lab scale and smaller field scale pilot projects into full-scale commercial support for the offshore scene,” he says.

Driving Cybersecurity evolution

Meitong Pan, a master’s student who works with Dr. Mitra Mirhassani in the Analog and Mixed Signal Research Lab, examines an FPGA board used to implement complex digital computations
Meitong Pan, a master’s student who works with Dr. Mitra Mirhassani in the Analog and Mixed Signal Research Lab, examines an FPGA board used to implement complex digital computations.

Companies are well aware of the environmental benefits of electrifying vehicle fleets, but how much is known about the security of these systems?

A University of Windsor researcher aims to dig deeper through the investigation of cybersecurity issues that arise when using electric vehicle fleets with battery charging infrastructure.

“The environmental, geopolitical and financial advantages of electric vehicles are well-studied and addressed in many research publications. However, security of these systems is not given the full attention that it requires,” says Dr. Mitra Mirhassani, the project lead and associate professor who specializes in electrical engineering.

Read the full story.

Around campus

Engineering manager of technical support honoured for contributions
Scholarship recipient inspired by fund honouree
Nature inspired technology
Fostering innovation and student support
Engineering alum to join Order of Canada ranks
A natural changemaker

Hydrogen: the fuel of the future

By Dr. Ofelia A. Jianu

There are 35.11 million vehicles registered in Canada out of which 12.55 million are registered in Ontario. Simultaneously, Canada’s population is 37.59 million out of which Ontario hosts 14.57 million people. This might all look good in terms of the economy; however, it is troubling when you consider that eight molecules of CO2 are released for every molecule of burned gasoline in an internal combustion engine. That translates to the average vehicle emitting approximately 4.6 metric tons of CO2 per year.

In 2005, automotive pollution was responsible for 20 per cent of the European Union’s CO2 emissions, roughly 60 per cent of which can be attributed to private automobiles. The EU legislation has set mandatory emission reduction targets for new cars in order to meet the targeted 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer by 2021, a significant drop from the 130 grams per km recorded in 2015. Still, this is not sufficient, and hydrogen may be a possible solution. Hydrogen can have a significant role in providing better environmental sustainability as it combusts clean in the presence of oxygen and the output is water. Sounds great, right? So, why are we not using hydrogen as fuel yet? 

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