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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Student competing internationally in paper plane competition
Western student Jamal Jamali will be heading to Austria in May to compete in the Red Bull Worldwide Paper Wings competition.

Jamali, a PhD student in mechanical and materials engineering, placed first at the qualifying competition held at the Thompson Recreation and Athletic Centre sprint track in February.

The qualifying competition had three categories: longest distance, longest airtime and aerobatics.

Jamali placed first in the category of aerobatic flight, qualifying him for the Red Bull Wings national final, which was held March 14 at the Pearson International Airport in Toronto.

In the aerobatic category, contestants were judged on construction of the plane, flight performance and creativity, along with the performance of the “pilot.”

At the national final, Jamal’s design was made of Western’s colours and resembled the face of a clown.

“To entertain the audience, I performed a traditional Iranian dance which was new to the judges,” Jamali said.

“It was one of the things that helped me to win the national competition. The configuration of my airplane, of course, also helped me to receive a good score.”

The competition in Austria features university students from 85 countries and will be held in Salzburg’s Hanger-7 on May 1 and 2.

Jamali is very excited preparing for the upcoming competition.

“I am working on different designs and conducting many trial and error experiments. I’m also working on a one-minute entertainment piece.”
"Diane Tisdall

Engineers welcome next dean
This summer, engineering students will welcome Andrew N. Hrymak as the faculty’s next dean.

Hrymak, currently a professor and chair of the department of chemical engineering at McMaster University, was appointed as Western’s dean of the Faculty of Engineering last week. He was chosen by a Senate selection committee after applying last year and will begin his five-year term on July 1.

Hrymak boasts an extensive resumé, studying as an undergraduate at McMaster University and obtaining his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He began teaching at McMaster as a professor of chemical engineering in 1985 and has since served as director of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute and director of the school of engineering practice

At McMaster, Hrymak has overseen the establishment of an undergraduate bioengineering program, renovation of engineering labs and the growth of the engineering faculty. He has been actively involved in research throughout his career.

“I’m learning about all of the strengths of the engineering program and want to see what fits with Western’s goals,” Hrymak said. “I plan to try to improve what we can do for undergraduates in terms of programs and opportunities.”
"Nathalie Ranger

USC, City of London internship program in the works
Plans are in the works between the University Students’ Council and the London Chamber of Commerce to create new opportunities for business students.

Students interested in working with the business or non-profit sector could have internships and jobs available in the future, according to USC President Stephen Lecce. The opportunities stem from projects the USC is developing in partnership with the LCC and could open up doors within the community.

“The initiatives can mean more jobs and meaningful internships that allow students to show off the knowledge and the expertise they’ve developed at the university,” Lecce explained.

“The hope is to get employers reaching out to students at the university and actually capturing the talent that we have here on campus.”

Having access to internships would give students a chance to interact with local business leaders, which is an important step, Lecce said.

He is hoping to develop a process where Western, the City of London and the USC are working closely together to communicate job and internship opportunities for students. The USC specifically will be taking steps to help provide students with these possibilities.

Students are not the only people who would benefit from the initiatives, Lecce added.

“This is a win-win for the community. It is good for London and it is good for students.”
"Colton Kaufman

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