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Engineering a better world

May 31, 2011

Engineering a better world
Andrew Hrymak, Dean and Professor - Faculty of Engineering

Western’s Dean of Engineering, Andrew Hrymak, has worked alongside faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to set a new direction for the Faculty. The ultimate goal: to become internationally recognized for the excellence and impact of its research and for providing students with high quality, enriched undergraduate and graduate programs.

“The Faculty is already known for offering students more than a traditional academic engineering experience,” explains Hrymak, who joined Western as the Dean of Engineering in 2009. “We offer our undergraduate students unique opportunities such as dual degree programs with the Richard Ivey School of Business, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western Law and other Faculties across campus, plus voluntary co-op and internships, and opportunities to travel overseas with the Civil Engineering and International Development Program and WE Go Global certificate program.”

Over the next decade, Western Engineering will continue to develop globally minded leaders by expanding related curriculum offerings, internationalization activities, and enriched education outside the classroom.

Home to ten Canada Research Chairs, Western Engineering offers students at the undergraduate and graduate level the opportunity to study alongside some of the best faculty members in Canada. One such area is power systems, where researchers are working to increase the reliability and security of the electrical grid while other researchers are creating opportunities for greener sources of energy. Other areas of research strength include biomedical, environmental, nuclear power, advanced robotics and controls, and wind.

Faculty members and students conduct research in one of 18 leading-edge research centres within the Faculty, including the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory, the Geotechnical Research Centre, and Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources. Yet there are still opportunities for growth.

For example, building on Western’s 45 years of wind engineering expertise, the Faculty is developing the world’s first large, hexagonal wind dome – WindEEE (Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment) Dome – to study, for the first time, three-dimensional effects of wind in catastrophic circumstances such as tornadoes, downbursts, and gusts.

“The continued support of our alumni and friends through scholarships, awards, infrastructure and multi-faceted partnerships is crucial to help us meet our goals,” says Hrymak. “Since joining Western I have been overwhelmed by the support of our community. I look forward to continuing these efforts to build Western Engineering’s international reputation.”

For more information on initiatives such as WindEEE, the Western Engineering Fund, International Development initiatives, Undergraduate and Graduate Engineering Scholarships, and more please contact Alumni & Development Officer, Virginia Daugharty, by e-mail or at 519-661-2111 ext. 84209.

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