Dr. Hoda ElMaraghy Honorary Doctorate Research celebration pays tribute to the pursuit of Knowledge Medal winners fêted as top achieving grads
Dailynews - October 15, 2012
Centred out for recognition during the University of Windsor’s 98th Convocation ceremonies Saturday were winners of the Board of Governors Medals, awarded to the graduating student with the highest academic standing in each program:
Civil and Environmental Engineering: Rita Laith
Electrical and Computer Engineering: Azam Mustafa
Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering: David Impens
Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering: Chen Feng
Cogeco cable will air recordings of the Convocation ceremonies by staff of the Centre for Teaching and Learning on its local access channel 11.
The morning session will air at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23 and at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 29. The afternoon session will air at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, and at 9 p.m. on Monday, October 29.
DailyNews - May 25, 2012
Victoria Townsend discusses a conversion wheel with attendees at the Sixth Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning poster session held May 9 at Oakland University. Photo by CTL intern Matt Bustin.
A project promoting experiential learning as a way to help students master manufacturing theory took top honours at a poster competition at the University of Windsor-Oakland University Teaching and Learning Conference in Rochester, Michigan.
Victoria Townsend, a doctoral student of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, tied with a faculty team from Oakland University to win the Dr. Wilbert J. McKeachie International Poster Prize for her poster, Road Trip! Building Meaningful Memories in an Experiential Continuum.
“I am glad that this poster highlighted my students’ experiences,” Townsend said. “I am especially grateful that I had the chance to share these experiences with people from different universities across Canada and the US.”
The McKeachie prize is awarded to promote the importance and value of posters for the exploration of effective and innovative teaching and learning practices and the dissemination of research results. Presenters were encouraged to reconceptualize the typical poster session in creative ways in order to incorporate active learning approaches and interactive engagement with both poster and presenter. A combination of peer review and an international panel of judges selected the winners.
Oakland University welcomed more than 150 people from over 11 different institutions to their campus May 9 and 10 for the annual event. The poster session competition showcased 16 different projects. The conference is a joint initiative of the two universities, sponsored by both institutions’ provosts, and intended to foster collaboration and exchange about innovative and effective teaching among faculty, staff, and students.
For more information on the conference, visit /tlconf.
Age of Variation” comes to life in new engineering building
Engineering post-doctoral fellows Sameh Badrous and Tarek AlGeddawy show one of the desk sets they assembled in the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Centre.
Throughout history, eras have been characterized by the types of materials, machines and technology we’ve created: The Iron Age. The Industrial Revolution. The Information Age.
In the complex world of product manufacturing, a UWindsor engineering professor believes we’ve already entered a new era.
“This is the age of variation,” says Hoda ElMaraghy, a Canada Research Chair in Manufacturing Systems and director of the University’s Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Centre. “Change is here to stay and we have to embrace it.”
Dr. ElMaraghy is a firm believer in the need for product manufacturers to be more responsive to increasing consumer demand for greater variety and customization of their wares. The new paradigm to meet this challenge is changeable and reconfigurable manufacturing, and nowhere is it more evident than in her lab, located in the University’s new $112-million Centre for Engineering Innovation.
The IMSC is home to an iDesign Studio and iFactory which provide students and researchers with the capability to create new products from the design through prototype, measure, inspect, and manufacture. They can study how manufacturing systems evolve as products are introduced, and most importantly, find new ways to prolong the lives of those systems to become more economically sustainable.
“There’s nothing else like this in North America – a truly reconfigurable factory in a lab,” said ElMaraghy, a panellist at the Canadian Science Writers’ Association conference, being held in Windsor this June. Delegates who attend the conference will also get to tour the IMS centre. “This is a teaching and research environment, but it’s a very real environment. It has the latest industrial equipment and it offers a unique experiential learning opportunity.”
At the back of the lab, there’s a large 70-inch multi-touch flat screen monitor, where students can interactively design and make modifications to the new products they plan to create.
“It encourages discussion at the design and innovations stage,” she said. “You can have several people working together on component and product design.”
Post design, plastic models of the products are built in a rapid prototyping room that uses a fused deposition system, before being sent off to check their specifications in the Coordinate Measurement Metrology room.
From there, they go into production in the iFactory, a highly-automated, modular assembly line that can make just about anything you can imagine would fit on a 6.5 x 6.5 inch pallet. The first product the engineers made is a desk set, which holds pens, paper clips, a thermometer, a clock and other items. The line can make up to 200 variations of the set and has the capacity to produce up to 300 pieces an hour. The next product they’re considering assembling is a tensioner for automotive serpentine belts.
The system’s most important feature is its ability to respond quickly to consumer demands for different product variants and order quantities, ElMaraghy said.
“If the product changed we can reconfigure the entire assembly system in a very short time,” she said. “We can add modules or take others out if the production volumes change, and they have intelligent systems built in that automatically recognizes when the line has changed and reconfigures its controller, which addresses concerns about change-over time when ramping up for new products. So this new paradigm adds a great deal of efficiency for the manufacturer.”
— Published on May 14, 2012 - uWindsor DailyNews
(DailyNews - April 10, 2012)
Christina Asuncion, Jesleen Budhiraja, Michael Braidford and Maria Fernanda Marin celebrate after their win.
Drawing on inspiration from a futuristic personal transit system being implemented in the United Arab Emirates, four UWindsor Industrial Engineering students came up with a solution to the transportation travails associated with urban sprawl, earning them a second place finish at the Provincial Ontario Engineering Competition and a place at the table for the national competition held recently in Vancouver.
The team of Christina Asuncion, Jesleen Budhiraja, Michael Braidford and Maria Fernanda Marin, took first place at the Windsor Engineering Competition to earn a spot in the provincial consulting competition held in February at the University of Toronto. Twelve teams from across the province were challenged with finding ways to reduce dependency on privately owned vehicles and address transportation issues associated with urban sprawl. Entries were given highest marks for social acceptability, environmental feasibility, and sustainability - while complying with legal regulations.
The Windsor team developed a multi-pronged approach to the challenge that used a GPS tracking system with a pricing gradient for drivers in the greater Toronto area; promoted the use of TTC transportation with accessible parking structures at GO train and subway connection points; as well as the creation of more TTC lines. The group’s final creative solution was to entirely eliminate the use of cars in downtown Toronto and replace them with an energy efficient pod-car system. The idea is based on a transit system currently being proposed for Masdar, a planned city near Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which will rely entirely on solar and other renewable energy sources.
Following a second place finish at the provincial competition, the UWindsor team joined 150 student engineers from across Canada to participate in the 27th annual Canadian Engineering Competition hosted by the University of British Columbia, where participants combined their classroom knowledge with innovative thinking to solve real-world problems.
“We created a 20-year plan for solid waste handling that would take into consideration a growing population,” says team member Maria Fernanda Marin.
“The competition was definitely a challenge since our problem primarily involved environmental engineering and we are all industrial and manufacturing engineering students,” she says. “So we utilized our knowledge, common sense and our industrial engineering skills to come up with an optimal solution.”
The team decided that an expansion of current landfill sites was not viable, and among other suggestions, opted for waste reduction awareness initiatives and the use of methane emissions from landfill to generate energy.
“We also considered using an upcoming new technology called “the Muncher,” Marin says. “This machine compacts and composts organic and some inorganic materials to produce fertilizer. We also proposed the introduction of a plasma gasification process in the landfill.”
She says that although the Windsor team didn’t take a top spot in the national competition, the students appreciated an opportunity to test their skills among the elite of Canada’s student engineers.
“We knew that coming into such a recognized and high level competition wasn’t going to be easy, but it was definitely worth every second. We were truly content with the job we did and know we gave our best.”
Produce packager raves about experience working with engineering students
DailyNews - April 10, 2012
Kush Aggraval, Jesleer Budhiraja and Luv Aggraval display a model of the "de-dusting" conveyor system they designed for a nutraceutical company.
Working with a team of UWindsor engineering students to help his business find ways to be more efficient was an opportunity Angelo Fallone would recommend to any company looking to improve its operations.
“I’d give it a nine out of 10,” the finance administrator at a Ruthven agricultural packaging company said when asked to rate the experience. “We need to be innovative and efficient. A lot of skilled labour has made its way out of the automotive industry and in to the agricultural industry.”
Fallone (Honours BCO – 2008), works at Clifford Produce, a local packager and supplier of such agricultural products as cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. He worked with fourth year industrial engineering students David Impens, Thomas Flood and Melina Portillo on ways to improve the capacity and speed of the company’s cocktail tomato packaging line.
The team was working on its capstone project, an annual rite of passage for upper-level undergraduates which pairs them with industry partners to find solutions to operational problems. Students get valuable field experience while their partners get fresh sets of eyes examining their most pressing issues. Projects were presented last week to fellow students, academic supervisors and industrial partners who were on hand to question them about the validity of their solutions.
Some of the projects showcased included a floating, solar-powered pump and aerator to help remove algae and improve oxygen levels in ponds on golf courses, parks and other recreational areas; changes to an assembly system to help a local nutraceutical company polish its capsules, cut down on dust accumulation and improve ergonomics; ways for an automotive fuel tank manufacturer to improve its cycle time; and a feasibility study for a packaging company to reclaim rain water.
The Clifford team conducted a research literature review, did time and motor studies and collected data about the inventory and amount of available floor space at the facility. They designed a bracket on the packaging machine that substantially increased production by reducing changeover time, while improving the ergonomics and safety of the operations.
In fact, if all the recommendations the students devised to improve the facilities overall operations were fully implemented, they’d save the company a total of $107,000 a year, Impens said. He realized however, that developing solutions and putting them into practice are vastly different, which he said was one of the projects most valuable lessons.
“We learned that it’s so easy to change things on paper but a lot harder to make changes in a real facility,” he said.
Fallone said his first contact with the university was at a meeting held last year in Leamington by the Office of Research Services. Sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the “connector” event was held to help foster new relationships between local businesses in need of assistance and academics seeking out opportunities for research collaborations. He met with Horst Schmidt, the university’s business development and research commercialization officer, who eventually connected him with Hoda ElMaraghy, the engineering professor who oversaw the students.
He said the changes the students suggested will ultimately improve the working conditions for the company’s employees.
“It helps make their life better and that’s the biggest thing we’ve seen,” he said.
Engineered Improvements: Students find solutions for local firms
Windsor Star - April 9, 2012
Congratulations to Hasan Shinar, recipient of the Rev. E. C. LeBel Award - 2011
This annual award is given to a student who has completed Year 3 of any program in the Faculty of Engineering with a good academic record and who has shown outstanding ability in non-engineering courses. Established in 1963 by the Essex County Chapter of the Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of Ontario. The award was presented last Friday in the Windsor-Essex County Engineering Week luncheon
Posted: March 31, 2011
University of Windsor - Daily News
February 2, 2011
Dr. Hoda ElMaraghy
iDesign/iFacotry and clean room
Toronto Star - November 23, 2010
Dr. Hoda ElMaraghy - Industrial revolution will be close to home
University of Windsor Daily News
UWindsor Idol - 2010
High notes: Obiekwe Oradiwe, a doctoral candidate in industrial engineering, finished atop the UWindsor Idol contest Friday in the CAW Student Centre. Along with the $100 prize, he won the right to compete in the regional finals in March. Christina Bell and Keats Conlon finished second and third, respectively.