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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 06:41

Ontario Regional News - Students and Faculty accomplishments

TheSchool ofEngineering sent a large contingent of engineering students, staff and faculty to the NABEC-CSBE joint conference held inOrillia this summer.  Papers and posters presented focused on a wide range of topics including: biological nanotechnology, renewable energy, robotics in agriculture, and rural air quality. A special thanks to our retired faculty, Ralph Brown, Jan Jofriet, and John Ogilvie, for their tremendous support to the conference.

Student Accomplishments

Biological Engineering students, Alexander Griffith (left in picture) and Matthew DiCicco (right in picture), have won the CSBE  Undergraduate Scholarship award and the CSBE Design Project award, respectively, at the Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE) Annual Meeting held in Orillia from July 15-18th 2012. Both Matthew DiCicco and Alexander Griffith are working in the Bionanolab supervised by Professor Suresh Neethirajan.

At the 43rd Annual Association of Canadian Ergonomists Conference held in Halifax, Nova Scotia in August 2012, Luke Harris won the Julien M. Christenson Masters level Student Paper Award.  Luke is a Masters level student in the School of Engineering working under the supervision of Dr. Michele Oliver.  The second and third place papers were also from Dr. Oliver’s research group (Danielle Boucher and Mark Munro).

The students of the Bionanolab of the University of Guelph won the 'Visual Challenge' contest by the ASABE's Resource Magazine. Matthew DiCicco, Mark Fletcher and Anup Suresh's submissions on “Seemingly Spotless Surgical Screw Studied Up-Close”, "Computer-assisted illustration of bionanorobotsmanoeuvring through the blood stream in search of tumors" and "Real-time three-dimensional visualization of fissures inside infested wheat kernel using X-ray micro CT" were selected as winning entries for publication in the September issue of the magazine.

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Suresh Neethirajan was interviewed by ArsTechnica, a media magazine from California about the US Food and Drug Administration's guidelines on food packaging nanotechnology. Suresh noted that the FDA guidelines will compel the industries to use clear labelling for ingredients present in the form of nanoparticles, and the food manufacturing industries might be obligated to conduct risk assessment. Read the story online at http://goo.gl/DYS9G.

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Bill Van Heyst

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