Mechanical and Material Engineering
New process can extend lifetime of metals

New process can extend lifetime of metals

Western materials engineer Hamid Abdolvand and his team discovered important factors into the deformation of metals used in automobiles and nuclear reactors, and developed new models to predict the lifetimes of these materials.

‘Learning to fall’ fuels grad’s performance

‘Learning to fall’ fuels grad’s performance

Dean Kernaghan’s portfolio opens with a quote: “You don’t have time to work fast.” Not only has he heard these words often from his mentor in the Engineering student shop, these are words he tries to live by.

‘Cough chamber’ shows six-feet not far enough

‘Cough chamber’ shows six-feet not far enough

A recent Western-led study says two meters might not be far enough away if someone lets an uncovered cough loose in your direction – meaning sneeze and cough etiquette is more than a simple social nicety, but a key to stopping the spread of diseases like COVID-19.

Future-focused network to boost industry foresight

Future-focused network to boost industry foresight

Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor Tengyuan Zhang, Associate Director of WIN 4.0 (Western’s Industry Network), is utilizing the latest industry revolution – cyber-physical systems – to give businesses the ability to anticipate what will happen in their facilities and address problems even before they happen.

Ghazal Nourian: Absence of ‘a great presence’

Ghazal Nourian: Absence of ‘a great presence’

Western remembers the lives of four graduate students – Hadis Hayatdavoudi, Milad Nahavandi, Ghazal Nourian and Sajedeh Saraeian – who died aboard Ukraine International Flight PS752.

Vigil honours students lost in Flight PS752

Vigil honours students lost in Flight PS752

The Western and London community gathered in a sombre memorial Wednesday to mourn the deaths of four Western students who were aboard Ukraine International Flight PS752 when it crashed near Tehran earlier that day.

McClelland, Kopacz named to Mayor’s List

McClelland, Kopacz named to Mayor’s List

This year’s annual Mayor of London Honours List boasted some ‘purple pride’ as alumni Arthur McClelland and Alex Kopacz were honoured by London Mayor Ed Holder.

Six Western projects earn CFI backing

Six Western projects earn CFI backing

From hearing loss and brain activity, to cancer and joints, to sustainable energy and social cues, six Western-led projects, involving 10 researchers within four faculties, received more than $1 million through the CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

Alumnus chasing history in Pyeongchang

Alumnus chasing history in Pyeongchang

Alex Kopacz, BESc’13 (Mechanical Engineering), who had never seen a bobsleigh until the age of 23, is a Team Canada Olympian waiting his turn on the international stage in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Decoding key materials’ stress loads in new ways

Decoding key materials’ stress loads in new ways

Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor Hamidreza Abdolvand has discovered never-before-seen deformation and stress levels in two materials – titanium and zirconium – both technologically important to the aerospace and nuclear industries. The discovery may lead...

PhD student writing new circuit solutions

PhD student writing new circuit solutions

Mechanical and Material Engineering PhD student Tengyuan Zhang hopes his latest project will not only make classroom experiences more fun for students, but also instil in them the kind of scientific spark he found and continues to enjoy.

Jiang named Petro-Canada Young Innovator

Jiang named Petro-Canada Young Innovator

Mechanical and material engineering assistant professor Liying Jiang has been named The University of Western Ontario’s Petro-Canada Young Innovator for 2011-12.