Faculty of Engineering

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Faculty of EngineeringMove Fast….. ………Think Faster


BondingGlass Drummond Learned Societies IP Provider ‘O’ Level Physics R2I


Brief History of FacultyFirst Courses started 1920s First Graduates 1961 (It didn’t take 41 years) Early research culture ~Tech Transfers ( e.g., dental filings-Materials) Dominant Undergraduate culture in the post-sputnik era with pockets of research Strong research culture over last 10 years and growing intensity with ‘Pinnacle’ strategy.


The Windsor ExperimentWorldworld Benchmarking by a University-Industry-Government Group mid-1990s. Lead to establishment of ARDC, 3 Industrial Research Chairs and Auto Engg program by 1999. College-University-Industry Networks and Strategic Partnerships


Thrust of the Windsor ExperimentTo make Windsor the Intellectual Capital of Canada’s Auto Sector To develop a knowledge-based economy based on education, research, creativity and innovation To seek synergistic win-win relationships between Universities and Industry


Present Strategic Thrust“The automotive sector is the single largest component of Canada’s manufacturing GDP and accounts for one of every seven Canadian jobs. The importance of automotive electronics that are dependent on microsystems is growing exponentially. Building Canadian R&D strength in microsystems will increase the number of high value jobs that offer potential for wealth creation in Canada and represents a significant opportunity to gain market share from other global competitors.” John Mann, Director of Engineering & Regulatory Affairs, DaimlerChrysler Canada Inc.


Implications For FacultyPowertrain components, safety systems, environmental systems, pollution control, navigation, collision avoidance systems and multimedia systems depend on microsystems. FASTER, BETTER, CHEAPER


Research Centres & ChairsResearch Centre for Integrated Microsystems Signal and Information Group Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Centre Clean Diesel Technology Group NSERC-Ford-Nemark Chair in Lightweight Metal Casting NSERC-GM Chair in Tribology of Lightweight Materials NSERC-DCCI Chair in Alternative Fuels NSERC-DCCI Chair in Mechanical Design CRC Chairs I Intelligent Manufacturing, Clean Diesel Technology, Metal forming and Hydroforming, Environmental Hydrology, Cars and Computers Centre for Automotive Research and Education UWin-DCCI Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) UWin-ITEC Centre for Innovation & Diesel Centre Ford-Uwin Powertrain and NVH Research and Development Centre


Working with the auto industry to develop the best people and the best technology for the future of the automotive sectorwww.auto21.cawww.nce.gc.ca


Member Institutions (Examples)




RESEARCH THEMESSocietal IssuesPowertrains Fuels & EmissionsHealth Safety & Injury PreventionLinks to Other OrganizationsMaterials & ManufacturingIntelligent Systems & SensorsDesign Processes


FundingResearch Council – e.g., NSERC Networks – e.g., AUTO21, CMC Industrial Partnerships Industrial and Government ContractsEngineering is heavily reliant on Industrial funding and support


Strategic Research & Competitive Perspectives (NSERC Discovery)




Civil, Microelectronics, Nanomaterials etc.,


Research Centre for Integrated Microelectronics ( former VLSI Labs)Microelectronics, including the design of custom analog and digital integrated circuits for: Microsystem IP Core Design and Implementation System-On-Chip Designs and Embedded Systems Computer Arithmetic (DBNS/MDLNS) Digital Signal Processing for Hearing Aids High Resolution Analog-to-Digital Conversion Digital Filters Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), including: Acousto-Magnetic Transducers Capacitive Microphones and Acoustic Sensor Arrays Sensors and Filters Optical Switching MEMS


RCIM PartnersAgencies: Canadian Microelectronics Corporation (CMC) Natural Sciences and Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Website Strategic Microelectronics Consortium (SMC) Centres: Micronet R &D (a Federal Network of Centres of Excellence) - Industry: Cadence Xilinx Mentor Graphics Synopsis Dalsa Inc. Gennum Corporation


RCIM Comparative SuccessDr Ahmadi – Director – top 5% of NSERC $51,000 p.a Dr Miller –Emeritus - $38,500 Dr Chowdhury – Assist Prof - $39,000 ( selected for 86% increase) Paper Awards etc.


ECE-Similar Size InstitutionsUWin - $23,491 Guelph - $20,463 UOIT - $20,000 Western Ontario - $18,920


Civil & Environmental (CEE)Structures to wastewater, LCA to Biotech. Structures & Water – largest groups, 6-8 3 of the top 5% NSERC researchers CRC – Environmental NFA – LCA Funding from NSERC, AUTO21, MMO and Industry Members of the Biotech Network


CEE- How do they stack up?National NSERC Average $25,308 p.a Ontario Average $25,145 p.a UWindsor CEE $27,902 p.a UWin largest individual $59,000 p.a


CEE in OntarioSchools with over 10 researchers


Materials Group 3 Current Chairs Tribology Aluminum Casting (Saved Ford’s $100M) Nanomaterials Micro/nano crystals 3 Graduate programs


Materials – Tech Transfer example.We are pleased to announce the development of a unique research instrument known as the Universal Metallurgical Simulator and Analyzer (UMSA). This device provides unique physical thermal process simulation and analytical capabilities to the academic and industrial metal casting communities. The inventors of the UMSA are currently making the device available for contract research and are also prepared to design and manufacture customized systems for specialized applications.


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